Barsuk Records and Nada Surf are excited to offer a free download of “Waiting for Something,” one of the many explosive and melodic songs off the new record, The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy, out January 24. Stereogum premiered the song yesterday. You can download the Soundcloud link HERE. Bloggers feel free to post! Fans will be able to hear the entire album beginning on January 16, as a “First Listen” at http://www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen.
Nada Surf are set to kick off their national tour on March 20th in Los Angeles, CA. The band have confirmed An Horse to be the opening act on all the dates, which will have the bands rolling cross-country and wrapping up in Washington, DC, on April 10th. The dates follow select east and west coast gigs in late January, including a hometown show at Bowery Ballroom on the day of album release January 24, 2012. The band will appear on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on January 30, to play a new song on TV and an old fan favorite which will get posted latenightwithjimmyfallon.com the next day.
Stars is Nada Surf’s seventh record, and fourth for Seattle indie Barsuk, following the successful and critically lauded Let Go (2003), The Weight is a Gift (2005), Lucky (2008) and their self-released covers record if i had a hifi (2010). This is their first album of new material in four years, and unlike all of the other Nada Surf records, Stars was made with a distinct attempt to capture their live sound. “We’ve always played faster and a little harder live,” says vocalist/guitarist Matthew Caws, “but we’d play so carefully in the studio. So with this album, we made a conscious decision to preserve what it felt like in the practice room, when you play with that new-song energy.
Nada Surf’s lineup for 15 years has been and still is Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums), though this time, as on if i had a hifi and the tour that followed, they invited guitarist Doug Gillard (Guided by Voices, Death of Samantha) to join in the proceedings. Chris Shaw (Wilco, Brendan Benson, Elvis Perkins in Dearland and Super Furry Animals) was brought in to produce and record.
2012 TOUR DATES:
24 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom (Album Release Show)
28 – San Diego, CA – Bright Lights Concert Series @ 4th & B
30 – Los Angeles, CA – Amoeba In-Store
02 – Seattle, WA – The Tractor Tavern
20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Music Box
21 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
23 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
24 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
25 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
29 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall
30 – Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room
31 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
02 – Chicago, IL – The Metro
04 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
05 – Montreal, QC – The Corona Theatre
06 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
07 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
09 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of the Living Arts
10 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club