The story of Nada Surf is a fairly common one — boys make band, band works hard, major label breaks band, band has hit, band doesn’t have a second hit, major label drops band — until you get to the last part, where the boys in the band persevere and craft a thriving independent career long after the success of their signature song. Yet, for a group with such a feel good story, guitarist/vocalist Matthew Caws sure has a way sounding somber. “See These Bones,” the first single from their third Barsuk release, Lucky, opens with the lines, “Everyone’s right and no one is sorry, that’s the start and the end of the story/From the Sharks and The Jets to the call in the morning.” It’s not exactly a message of perseverance, especially with Caws’ weary delivery, but as the song progresses, and mope slowly morphs into hope, the endless cycle of desperation seems a little more manageable. One could even say it’s another feel good story.
photo by Autumn deWilde