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Surf’s up! – New Yorkers announce new LP and tour

Nada Surf release “Moon Mirror” on New West Records, with tour to promote.

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Nada Surf have signed to New West Records and will release their highly anticipated new LP, Moon Mirror on September 13th. The 11-song set was produced by the band with Ian Laughton (Supergrass, Ash) and recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales. Moon Mirror is the band’s first album in four years and marks the 30th anniversary of their debut single, “The Plan”/”Telescope.” UK/Ireland fans of the band will get the chance to hear these songs live when they touchdown for 3 dates in Dublin, Manchester and London Nov 21-23, although more might be added between 17th and 20th, so fingers crossed.
A thrilling and moving leap forward, Moon Mirror is true to the human experience—as meaningful and mysterious and sometimes absurd as it is. These new songs thrum with love, grief, deep loneliness, doubt, wonder, and hope. There is hard-won wisdom and hard-won belief in possibility. It has everything fans love and expect from the band: play-on-repeat heart punches, poetic and thought-provoking musings on the world around them, and bittersweet anthems that begin quietly but explode into soaring harmonies.

Today, the band released the first single, “In Front of Me Now,” a heartfelt warning against sleepwalking through the one life we have. “Why wasn’t I present?” frontman Matthew Caws asks himself. “I could have been living.” On the chorus he promises himself, “Today I do what’s in front of me now.”

Caws says, “Every time we make an album, I’m asked (and ask myself) what it’s about. I never know how to answer that question. I’m still trying to figure everything out, and that’s probably as close to a theme as there is. Looking back over the years, I know what our songs are about in theory: trying to reach acceptance (of circumstances, of oneself, of others), connection, a constant search for possibility and the bright side, a willingness to change, forgiveness, curiosity, checking in with one’s mortality, motivations and judgements, etc. But in the moment when making one up, I have no idea what I’m doing and maybe that’s ok. I’m just trying to stay honest with myself and take my best guess at making sense of the world.” Of their new label home, he says “We’ve been lucky to be on some really wonderful record labels over the years, and so far New West sure feels like another one of those. We couldn’t be more fortunate.”

Nada Surf formed in New York City in 1992 and released their debut single, “The Plan”/“Telescope” in 1994. They signed to Elektra Records and released their first full-length High/Low in 1996. Produced by Ric Ocasek of the Cars, High/Low was an instant hit based on the massive success of its lead single “Popular,” but the band truly hit its stride in the 2000s, starting with the release of 2002’s Let Go. Anthemic, catchy, yet emotionally knotty, that album won them new fans and greater acclaim, and they built on both with each subsequent release, including 2005’s melancholic The Weight Is a Gift and the bone-raw The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy. Rather than summarize their celebrated career with a traditional greatest hits package, on 2016’s Peaceful Ghosts they recorded some of their most popular songs alongside the Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg, one of the only remaining film orchestras in Western Europe.
For most of the band’s thirty years, Nada Surf has had the same core lineup: Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca (bass, vocals), and Ira Elliot (drums). On Moon Mirror, they are joined by their friend and longtime collaborator, Louie Lino.

Moon Mirror will be available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. A limited 2-LP Moon Mirror (Reflection) – Deluxe Edition will be available on “Galaxy Splatter” color vinyl and features a bonus LP including 10 original demos for the album recorded by Matthew Caws. The Deluxe Edition will also be available as a limited 2-CD version as well. A limited Opaque Jade colour vinyl edition including an orange flexi disc single featuring an exclusive, unreleased recording will be available via Rough Trade. A limited coke bottle clear colour vinyl edition will be available via Independent Retailers worldwide. Moon Mirror is available for pre-order now via NEW WEST RECORDS.

Moon Mirror track listing:

1. Second Skin
2. In Front of Me Now
3. Moon Mirror
4. Losing
5. Intel and Dreams
6. The One You Want
7. New Propeller
8. Open Seas
9. X Is You
10. Give Me the Sun
11. Floater

Nada Surf on tour:

July 3 – Saint-Malô-du-Bois (Nantes), FR – Poupet Festival
August 2 – Crozon, FR – Bout du Monde Festival
August 3 – Olivenza, ES – Contempopranea Festival

October 2 – Washington, DC – Atlantis *
October 3 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
October 4 – New York, NY – Webster Hall *
October 5 – Boston, MaA- The Paradise *
October 7 – Montreal, QC – Le Studio TD *
October 8 – Toronto, ONT – The Great Hall *
October 9 – Detroit, MI – El Club *
October 10 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall *
October 11 – Milwaukee, WI – Vivarium *
October 12 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line *
October 15 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile *
October 16 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom *
October 18 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall *
October 19 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
October 20 – Las Vegas, NV – When We Were Young Festival
October 21 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up *
October 22 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom ~
October 23 – West Hollywood, CA – The Troubadour *

November 14 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera
November 15 – Bilbao, ES – Kafe Antzokia
November 16 – Zaragoza, ES – Las Armas
November 21 – Dublin, IE – Academy
November 22 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
November 23 – London, UK – Islington Academy
November 24 – Luxembourg – Den Atelier
November 25 – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
November 26 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
November 27 – Cologne, DE – Carlswerk Victoria
November 29 – Paris, FR – Bataclan
November 30 – Lille, FR – Aeronef
December 1 – Hamburg, DE – Markthalle
December 2 – Berlin, DE – Metropol
December 3 – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
December 4 – Vienna, AT – Arena
December 6 – Zurich, CH – Dynamo
December 7 – Milan, IT – Santeria Social Club
December 8 – Clermont-Ferrand, FR – La Cooperative de Mai
* support from Office Dog
~ support from Blair Gun

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Andi Callen (Contributing Editor)

Original punk. Done everything there is to do in music, except run a record label! Addicted to noise and taking photographs of live music. Based on NW England, I've previously contributed to Louder Than War, MancAndi, The Punk Site, and Backseat Mafia, where I was Punk/Post Punk & Live Editor. Part of the original review team when Rocksound Magazine first started.
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