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Nada Surf is one of the few bands that we have covered since the start of W♥M. We've always liked them…
Since opener bands rarely have setlist, I tried and remember what songs they played. I'm pretty sure they played these: "Postcards", "Dress Sharply", "Brain On A Table", "Little Little Little", and they ended their set with "Shoes Watch". Very happy to see them, they are a good little duo.
As for Nada Surf, as I have previously mentioned, they are one of our favorite bands. I was surprise to see how tight the band was, you can tell they've been doing live shows for a long time. On tour with them was one of the guys from Calexico and the guitarist from Guided by Voices (both bands Nada Surf frontsman Matthew Caws said he's admired).
The band was so humble and happy to be playing First Ave. Caws said that the band had to pay their dues, starting off at First Ave's closet 7th Street. They were pleased at the large turnout; it's certainly a long way from playing to a handful of fans.
If you look at the setlist, they did the same set from their Nebraska show. Even the encores are listed ("Inside of Love", "Always Love" and "Blankest"). "Blankest" is the best, they had everyone sing "F***K YEAH!" and it was pretty thunderous whenever the song called for it.
I also wanted to mention that this was the first time I heard songs from their latest album, The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, live, and I have to say: they're quite good. They sound like very good energetic pop songs.
Nada Surf's album The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy is out now via Barsuk Records. Go check them live, and show up early for An Horse.
Nada Surf at First Ave, Minneapolis (03/31/12)