Nada Surf Setlist
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Their set was similar to their previously appearance with Kodaline in Oct 2015, like teasing us with a snippet of Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’ after ‘Window’ (they did that tease on ‘Better Weather’ previously).
The Friday night show was somewhat special, as it was Dan Schwartz’s birthday, which Keith Goodwin was more than happy to sing the traditional birthday song to him right after playing ‘Coney Island’... later in their set, someone in the audience called out ‘Jon Snow’, referring to Schwartz’s raven black hair and good looks. Schwartz responded, “I’ll take it!” while Goodwin jokingly said, “Chill out, don’t spoil that stuff for people!”
The band will go on tour with Detroit trio Empty Houses this June 2016. Check your local calendar and listing.
You have to remember that the band hasn’t done a major tour since The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy in 2012, which we saw at First Avenue. It was a large turnout then, and it was a large turnout on Friday night.
If you’re wondering why the band took so long to get back in the saddle, I know some of the band members had personal side project, including singer Matthew Caws, who had to take out a few years to devote to his side project Minor Alps with Juliana Hatfield (who we saw in 2013).
For ‘Inside of Love’, Caws asked the entire audience to do a two-step dance, because it’s cool to see everyone doing it at the same time. It’s the feeling of awe when he first saw George Carlin asking the crowd to do whatever he wanted... as the comic once joked, “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”
Of course, the real treat was the encore... or rather encores! Starting with ‘Hyperspace’, followed by their big hit ‘Popular’ and ‘Always Love’ (which had the whole audience singing along), and ‘Blankest Year’ (from 2005’s The Weight Is a Gift).
The lights turned on, the house music came on, indicating that the show was over... People started leaving the venue. After a few minutes, fans who were still around got another treat: the entire band came back on and played ‘Blizzard of ‘77’ with a pair of acoustic guitars. It was unforgettable, the way the crowd was also singing back the lyrics, ever so quietly, as to not upstage the band on stage (who were singing off mic).
Nada Surf’s You Know Who You Are is available now on Barsuk Records. Their world tour continues:
05/20 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
05/21 Los Angeles, CA Teragram
05/22 San Diego, CA Irenic
05/24 Denver, CO Bluebird
05/25 Kansas City, MO Crossroads - Free Show
05/27 Austin, TX Parish
05/28 Dallas, TX Granada
05/29 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
06/01 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
06/02 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
06/03 Toronto, ON Lee’s Palace
06/04 Boston, MA Paradise
06/23 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse
06/24 Graz, Austria Postgarage
07/02 Barcelona, Spain Vida Festival
07/08 Limoges, France Lost in Limoges
07/09 Argelès-Sur-Mer, France Les Déferlantes Festival
07/29 Malestroit, France Festival au Pont du Rock
07/31 Karlsruhe, Germany Zeltival
08/11 Luhmuhlen, Germany A Summer’s Tale
08/12 Rothenburg, Germany Taubertal Festival
08/14 Brussels, Belgium Brussels Summer Festival
09/17 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/18 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
12/02 Paris, France Le Bataclan
Nada Surf at Fine Line Music Café, Minneapolis (13 May 2016)