maandag 14 november 2016
Nada Surf live, Patronaat, Haarlem Saturday 12 November 2016
The band came into my life with that novelty hit 'Popular' and left it just as fast, as I did not really like the accompanying album, 'High/Low', at the time. That only changed with 'The Stars Are Different To Astronomy', an album that is not only a top 10 best viewed post on this blog, but also a near perfect powerpop album. The new one is good also but of course did not have the impact on me the 2012 album had. So when 'Oor' had a free ticket available, I decided to just go and managed to alert a true fan as well.
With a full house Nada Surf played a sort of home match for true fans. There were people singing along, acknowledging songs or parts of songs, moving along with the rhythm. Although that I had no reference for most songs beyond the opening song of the show and the new album 'You Know Who You Are', that perfect bitter sweet song with that fun video in which drummer Ira plays the starring role: 'Cold To See Clear'. The show triggered some thoughts on how it was possible that I had missed the qualities of Nada Surf for a decade and a half. They fit in a long line of bands that I started to like in the 90s, The Posies, Fountains of Wayne, Teenage Fanclub, Weezer, etc. All bands who took the inheritance of the 60s as reformulated by Big Star into the 90s with great powerpop songs. It's never too late to catch up.
(All photo's by) Wo.
You can listen to an acoustic live version of 'I Am Lighting' here: