By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen Beloved New York-based band Nada Surf will be releasing their new record “LUCKY” on Feb. 5, 2008 on...

By Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

Beloved New York-based band Nada Surf will be releasing their new record “LUCKY” on Feb. 5, 2008 on Barsuk Records, and are already out on the road previewing it. The headlining tour started Oct. 13 in Philadelphia and concludes Nov. 2 in Baltimore with the band Sea Wolf opening for them. The week prior to the album release, they will play a number of acoustic shows on the West Coast, and then head to New York for two hometown shows.

“LUCKY” is Nada Surf’s fifth record and third for Barsuk, following the successful and critically lauded “Let Go” (2003) and “The Weight is a Gift” (2005). The band lineup for almost 12 years has been and still is Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar), Daniel Lorca bass) and Ira Elliot (drums). The record is filled with songs of restlessness, longing and the elusiveness of love. Yet, in its inimitable way, the band counterbalances its signature lyrical wistfulness with its singular musical buoyancy.

“I tend to be pretty hopeful about things further in the future, but full of anxiety about the next eight hours,” jokes Caws in a release. “Unlike my friend John Flansburgh from They Might Be Giants, who says he’s manic depressive without the depression, I think I’m manic depressive without the mania. Yet I’m ready to be cheerful at the drop of a reason. I’m always looking for rapture in music.”

Nada Surf itinerary:

10/19-20 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 Café 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