America is the land of second chances. We love cheering for people to get up off the canvas, to reinvent themselves, to pull a Robert Downey Jr. Nowhere is the redemptive powers so enjoyable than in music. To see a potential one-hit wonder come back with a strong album. It’s unexpected and so rewarding on many levels.
Cue Long Island trio Nada Surf from stage left. After their tune “Popular” and recording the theme for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, their 2005 album The Weight is a Gift was the work of a mature band not concerned with success, but concerned with turning out enjoyable, eloquent pop music.
They’re back for their fifth LP, Lucky (Barsuk Records), which will drop on Feb. 5, 2008. The first cut has surfaced and it’s another mid-tempo winner. “See These Bones” has a delicate shimmery feel to it, all reflective and sometimes morose.
According to Heather, “The new album features artists such as Ben Gibbard (who I think I hear on this track, no?), John Roderick of The Long Winters, Ed Harcourt, and guitarist Phil Wandscher of Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter.”
Sounds good to us. Keep your ears peeled for more tracks.
Tour dates after the jump.
NADA SURF TOUR DATES (with Sea Wolf)
10/13 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda?s
10/15 Columbus, OH – Basement
10/16 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century
10/17 Louisville, KY – Jim Porters
10/18 Indianapolis, IN – Birdy?s
10/19 Chicago, IL – Schubas
10/20 Chicago, IL – Schubas
10/22 St. Louis, MO – Gargoyle Club
10/23 Nashville, TN – Exit Inn
10/24 Birmingham, AL – Bottle Tree
10/26 Tampa, FL State – Theatre
10/27 St. Augustine, FL – Caf? Eleven
10/29 Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club
10/30 Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
10/31 Carrboro, NC – Cat?s Cradle
11/1 Charlottesville, VA – Satellite Ballroom ? UVA
11/2 Baltimore, MD – 8 x 10
1/30 Seattle, WA – The Triple Door (acoustic)
1/31 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge (acoustic)
2/2 San Francisco, CA – Swedish American Hall (acoustic)
2/7 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg