With their ninth album, Nada Surf – Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and Louie Lino – continue pursuing their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt lyrics.
‘Never Not Together’ is a compact, yet wide-ranging collection of songs that revel in the quartet’s ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals.
Never Not Together was recorded at the Coach House Studio in Wales’ Rockfield Studios, where artists like Echo & the Bunnymen, the Flamin’ Groovies, and Dumptruck recorded albums.
“I’ve been seeing the name on albums for so long,” says Caws. “It’s a working farm, and the founder/owner, Kingsley Ward, would come in and tell us stories when he wasn’t farming. I’d walk into town every morning and listen to the sheep talking as I walked by them.”
That openness to listening—to their fans, to each other, to the world—has helped inform Nada Surf’s legacy as down-to-earth rock stars—musicians who can command festival stages around the world while connecting to audience members on a personal level, conscious of the shared humanity every step of the way.