From the opening song ‘Cold to see clear’ taken from the new album we are taken on a power pop ride of the finest order. The set takes in all of their albums drawing heavily from the new one, ‘Lucky’, ‘The Weight is a Gift’ and my personal favourite ‘Let Go’.
Led by now Cambridge resident Matthew Caws on rhythm guitar and vocals we are treated to intelligent power pop that highlights his impeccable song writing skills. He is ably supported by long time band mates Daniel Lorca on bass and Ira Elliot on drums providing the driving beat that is the foundation of the Nada Surf sound. They are also joined by former Guided by Voices guitarist Doug Gillard to provide the meat on the bones. All chip in with fine harmonies that embellish Caws natural range.
Nada Surf encapsulates everything that is good about American guitar based bands such as Death Cab, Gin Blossoms and Semisonic. Great musicians, intelligent lyrics with great hooks.
It’s a sparse moodily lit stage tonight which just highlights the rawness of the music and adds to the ethereal feel of the night where the music stands front and centre.
On a night of many highlights ‘Inside of Love’ hits the highest note for me along with ‘Believe you're mine’ from the new album. The many requests get ignored with Caws joking that they just have too many good songs, and you know what he’s not wrong.
Pure power pop perfection. The Electric Ballroom never disappoints as a venue and tonight is no exception. I for one will be surfing again with these guys.