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It’s been four years since Nada Surf released their previous studio album The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy, and since then the group has not played any headlining shows in Austin. Now, with their newest album release — You know who you are — the band is currently touring US/UK. Friday night was a highly anticipated night for Nada Surf fans in Austin, and those who were lucky to get a ticket to their sold out show at The Parish were able to see the hype pay off.
The band’s show lasted about two hours and contained a total of 28 songs. I’ve been a fan of Nada Surf for over a decade, and I can vouch that their touring set list has all the hits any long time Nada Surf fan would like to hear.
“Play ‘Popular’!”, a man in the crowed yelled.
“We’ll get to that…”, front man Matthew Caws answered back. They did, during their first encore.
“’Inside of Love’!”, another person in crowd shouted.
“Yep, that one too.” Matthew said. They played that request two songs later.
Every song the band played was musically flawless. Matthew Caws knows how to dynamically sing a song that inspires a crowd to sing along. Doug Gillard showed that he can pull off his difficult guitar playing chops on stage just as well as he does in a studio. Ira Elliot played more complex, driving drum beats for songs like “Always Love” and “The Blankest Year” that made the crowd bob up and down. The only element that was missing from the concert was Daniel Lorca — Nada Surf’s bass guitarist and core member. “All is well in Nada Surf land”, Matthew Caws said during his banter with the crowd while he tuned his guitar in-between songs. He explained that Daniel wouldn’t be always touring with them and that’s why he wasn’t currently touring with the group. Thankfully the band’s current touring bassist does gel well with the group.
This was the fifth time I’ve seen Nada Surf live, and it was by far my favorite concert of theirs that I’ve attended. I’m already planning to see them whenever they come by again, even if I have to wait another four years.
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