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02Feb
Nada Surf
8:00 PM - 11:59 PM The Bowery Ballroom
Date: February 02, 2020 to February 02, 2020
Where: The Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., New York, New York, United States, 10002
Phone: N/A
Event Type: Concerts & Music
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with Bwahaha (Ryan Miller of Guster and Arc Iris)
With their ninth studio album, Nada SurfMatthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and their longtime friend and collaborator Louie Linocontinue pursuing their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt lyrics. Never Not Together, out on TK DATE, is a wide-ranging collection of songs that revel in the group's ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals. "Empathy is good, lack of empathy is bad, holy math says we're never not together," Caws declares at the end of "Something I Should Do," a crashing powerpop track with an insistent melody that adds urgency to his thoughts about 21st-century life. The concept of "holy math" which informs that lineand the album's titlewas inspired by a Justin Vernon appearance on the Song Exploder podcast, where the Bon Iver leader talked about the interconnectedness of humans. "We're all together, and that's just the way it is, and the way it always will be," says Caws. "That's the sacred truth of it." That idea of being linked and searching for connection is a common theme of the album's lyrics, which depict people hunting down answers by peering within and reaching outward. "Looking For You," which opens with a spectral choir and blossoms into a rock spectacle with crashing strings and two guitar solosone played by Caws, the other by frequent Nada Surf collaborator Doug Gillardseeks solace in doctor's visits and grand metaphors. "So Much Love," which Caws wrote as part of Hits president Karen Glauber's annual SXSW session, is a driving, yet kind-hearted reminder that love and connection are in the aireven if, in the immediate, it's lurking in the mists of one's sent-messages mailbox. "Mathilda," meanwhile, shifts tim
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