Nada Surf announces ‘Let Go’ covers album

Nada Surf announces ‘Let Go’ covers album

NADA SURF ANNOUNCES
STANDING AT THE GATES:
THE SONGS OF NADA SURF’S LET GO

FEATURING COVERS FROM THEIR SEMINAL ALBUM LET GO

SELF-RELEASING CHARITY COVERS ALBUM

TO CELEBRATE LET GO‘S 15TH ANNIVERSARY

SHARES RON GALLO’S COVER OF “HAPPY KID

STANDING AT THE GATES DUE DIGITALLY FEBRUARY 2, 2018

AND ON CD MARCH 2, 2018

STREAM // EMBED RON GALLO’S COVER OF “HAPPY KID”

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of their seminal album Let Go, Nada Surf are self-releasing Standing At The Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf’s Let Go, a charity album featuring a diverse list of artists covering the record. To ring in the announcement, the band has shared Ron Gallo’s cover of “Happy Kid,” which is available to stream or embed HERE. The album features covers by Aimee Mann, Rogue Wave, Manchester Orchestra, Charly Bliss and more. The full track list can be found below. Standing At The Gates will be released digitally on February 2, 2018 and on CD on March 2, 2018. Nada Surf supports the ACLU and The Pablove Foundation.

 

Standing At The Gates: The Songs of Nada Surf’s Let Go track list:

1. Blizzard of ’77 (Manchester Orchestra)
2. Happy Kid (Ron Gallo)
3. Inside of Love (The Texas Gentlemen)
4. Fruit Fly (Ed Harcourt)
5. Blonde on Blonde (Rogue Wave)
6. Hi-Speed Soul (The Long Winters)
7. Killian’s Red (Holly Miranda)
8. The Way You Wear Your Head (Charly Bliss)
9. Neither Heaven Nor Space (William Tyler)
10. La Pour Ca (Adia Victoria)
11. Treading Water (Eyelids)
12. Paper Boats (Aimee Mann)
13. No Quick Fix (Victoria Bergsman)

 

Nada Surf is also slated to tour in celebration of Let Go‘s 15th anniversary. The shows are billed as ‘An Evening with Nada Surf, Celebrating the 15th Anniversary of Let Go.’ The band will perform Let Go, take a break, and return for a second set. There will be no support on these shows. The full list of Let Go tour dates can be found below.

Originally released in 2003, Let Go had different track listings in the US and UK/EU. This compilation features the US track listing and includes “No Quick Fix” (recorded by Victoria Bergsman of Taken by Trees/The Concretes), a song that  appeared only on the initial UK/EU release.  “Neither Heaven Nor Space” wasn’t included on the initial release in the UK/EU.

Let Go was heralded by the music press (except for Pitchfork, which gave the album a 3.8/10), and is recognized for rejuvenating the band’s career after an awkward parting with their initial label, Elektra Records.

“getting dropped after our second record was kind of a blessing. we all of sudden had all this time to be back in our normal lives. there was just enough going with the band to justify not figuring out what the next step in life should be, what other career i should try and figure out. i didn’t make myself go to grad school or anything.  i worked at the local record store, went to shows, messed around with home recording, buying and selling a couple of used 4-tracks  and then 8-tracks, trying different set-ups. i lived in a rent-controlled apartment in williamsburg that was directly above a fruit and vegetable shop. the building i lived in was falling apart. the wind blew right through the walls. i had ice inside my windows in winter. i could make a little noise without bothering anyone. i bought a toy drum kit.

i went straight from college to working as a paralegal, then doing graveyard shift temping at an investment bank, then working at a magazine called guitar world, right up until our first day of preproduction for high/low. the first few years in the band were busy enough that my times at home always felt in-between. now i was in a kind of easy-going low-pressure post-college slightly directionless haze that i hadn’t had up until then. in terms of writing songs and making music, it was kind of like making a first album all over again. we didn’t have the sense that anyone was watching, we were back in a vacuum. that was very freeing.

i’m totally knocked out by the new versions of these songs, by so many of my favorite artists. i never would have suggested making this album, but i’m sure glad it happened!” – Matthew Caws

“I first heard Nada Surf on a mix CD a friend made me in high school that was pretty life-changing. It was 20+ songs from bands I had never heard of before. It opened the door to “underground” or “indie” music for me, and also the door to actually good songs being written by weirdos in the present day, which I didn’t know existed from listening to mostly south jersey pop-punk and hardcore music. I’m pretty sure it was the song “Paper Boats” from Let Go. I really sucked at making music back then so it’s cool to have this resurface many years later and be able to be apart of the compilation.” – Ron Gallo

“Not many people know this but the night I met my wife was at a Nada Surf gig in London at the Borderline; they are one of those bands that remain very dear to us, not just because Let Go was a record that we played to death but also because we were label mates, toured together and even released a split 7 inch (now I’m feeling pretty old)…when I was asked to record a version of “Fruit Fly” it made me laugh because I actually can’t stand fruitflies, but it’s such a beautiful song so the decision was obviously yes. Of course I had to take it down a key, because Matthew has such an amazing and pure voice that can effortlessly reach the high heavens & upper rafters! A honour and a privilege gentlemen. Perhaps I’ll be nicer to fruitlfies from now on.” – Ed Harcourt

 

Praise for Let Go:

“12 literate songs of consumptive love lives in imbalance, full of big melodies

and enough wonder at the world to turn frowns upside down every time.” – MOJO

“Virtually every song on Let Go hits its mark in one way or another, dispensing
consistently remarkable moments that range from the sweet minor-key swoon of “Blizzard Of ’77” and “Neither Heaven Nor Space” to the sleek, bouncy new wave of “Hi-Speed Soul.”
Examining relationships, fruit-fly swarms, and Cheap Trick lyrics with equally keen understanding, all while dispensing a disarming array of subtly endearing hooks,Nada Surf completes the evolution into a smart pop marvel before most listeners knew it had begun.” – AV Club

“A dozen near-perfect pop songs, each one teeming
with joyful desperation.” – Entertainment Weekly (A-)

**** – Rolling Stone

 

Let Go tour dates:

3.07.2018 – Black Cat – Washington, DC

3.08.2018 – Brooklyn Steel – Brooklyn, NY

3.09.2018 – World Cafe Live – Philadelphia, PA

3.10.2018 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

3.11.2018 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON

3.13.2018 – Metro – Chicago, IL

3.14.2018 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

5.9.2018 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
5.10.2018 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
5.11.2018 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
5.12.2018 – Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
5.14.2018 – Belly Up – San Diego, CA
5.17.2018 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
5.18.2018 – 3Ten at ACL – Austin, TX
5.21.2018 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA

5.22.2018 – The Mercy Lounge – Nashville, TN

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