After recently announcing news of their new album, New York alt-rock veterans Nada Surf have unveiled a new video & track ‘Cold To See Clear’ from the record. ‘You Know Who You Are’ is due in March 4th via City Slang. The euphoric clip for ‘Cold To See Clear’, directed by Spencer Gentz, depicts a typical corporate office meeting being transformed into joyful mayhem.
Speaking about the new track frontman Matthew Caws said ‘Cold To See Clear’ is “about moments of clarity and light and hope and positivity that sprout up to our surprise. The feeling of awakening you can get in winter when you open the window to see what the air feels like outside, that awakening gives me instant peace at some animal level.”
The forthcoming album, ‘You Know You Are’, marks the band’s eighth record in total and fourth for City Slang, It was produced by long-time comrade Tom Beaujour at Nuthouse Recording in Hoboken, NJ. The album marks the band’s first as an official quartet with the core unit – singer/ songwriter/guitarist Matthew Caws, bassist Daniel Lorca and drummer Ira Elliot – joined by Doug Gillard on second guitar. The album is available for pre-order now.
Having recorded five albums in ten years and toured extensively in support of all of them, Nada Surf opted to follow 2012’s ‘The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy’ with a brief but well-earned hiatus. And so following this break, in January 2015, when Caws informed Nada Surf’s vociferous facebook following that a new record was just about done, the news was greeted with explosive enthusiasm. The music was in the bag, he announced, and the only thing that remained to be done was to finish up a few lyrics and sing a few vocals; something he planned to do on off-days off during an upcoming solo acoustic tour. Caws even included a photo of the recording set-up he was bringing in the car.
“I was so eager to have an album done that I believed in it as it was,” Caws recalls. “But the great thing about being ‘finished’ is that you can take a breath and evaluate, because the pressure to ‘do it’ is gone. The more I listened and thought about it, the more I realized that I might want to keep working.” Caws continues. “There were already a bunch of songs in the can that we all liked, so I could think more expansively about what the album could be.”
Lo and behold, what would have been another really good Nada Surf album (their seventh since getting signed to a major in the go-go 90’s and scoring a worldwide alterna-hit with ‘Popular’) became what could well be the most representative collection of the group’s two-decade career, all while pushing towards whatever comes next. While the band has always had a surplus of horsepower for velocity rockers and an astounding level of confidence live, they’ve been gaining the discipline and finesses to change gears, more so with each release.
Whether it be in the mellow, laid-back glossy vocals of ‘Believe You’re Mine’ or the up-tempo infectectiously catchy drum beats of ‘New Bird’, the new record captures every beloved facet of the band. ‘You Know Who You Are’ also finds much on offer that stands apart from anything previously heard in the band’s diverse catalogue.
“Sometimes it feels like, to our audience at least, we are two or three different bands at once,” Caws concludes. “It seems some people are looking to feel better, for encouragement getting over their obstacles, for help figuring life out… not that I’ve done that myself, other people are looking for love songs, and then some others just want to rock.”
Nada Surf has confirmed the first leg of a European tour for early next year. Full dates are listed below.
‘You Know Who You Are’ tracklisting:
1. Cold to See Clear
2. Believe You’re Mine
3. Friend Hospital
4. New Bird
5. Out of the Dark
8. You Know Who You Are
9. Gold Sounds
10. Victory’s Yours
European Tour dates
31.03. SE Stockholm, Kägelbanan
01.04. NO Oslo, John Dee
03.04. DE Hamburg, Mojo
04.04. DE Cologne, Live Music Hall
05.04. DE Dortmund, FZW
06.04. BE Brussels, Orangerie
07.04. NL Amsterdam, Melkweg
09.04. UK Manchester, Gorilla
10.04. UK Glasgow, King Tuts
11.04. UK London, Electric Ballroom
12.04. FR Tourcoing, Grand Mix
1304. FR Besancon, La Rodia Grand Salle
14.04. FR Strassboug, Laiterie
15.04. FR Paris, Gaite Lyrique
17.04. DE Stuttgart, LKA
18.04. DE Berlin, Huxley’s
19.04. DE Nürnberg, Hirsch
20.04. AT Vienna, Wuz
21.04. DE Munich. Muhffathalle
22.04. CH Zürich, Dynamo
24.04. IT Milan, Salumeria Della Muisca
25.04. FR Grenoble Belle Electrique
26.04. FR Feyzin L’Epiceri Moderne
27.04. FR Bordeaux, Krakatoa
28.04. ES Madrid, Barcelo
29.04. ES Galicia, Pontevedra, Theatre
30.04. ES Bilbao, Antxoki