Label: Barsuk & City Slang
Agent: Peter O’Sullivan
“I’ve written a few political songs over the years but most of them have remained in a desk drawer unfinished – they’re hard to write and can feel futile,” says Nada Surf singer-guitarist Matthew Caws. “But when I read about the separation of families at the US-Mexico border, I felt compelled to try again. Like most people learning of the tragic situation there, I was outraged and upset. After calling the offices of my state representatives and leaving messages urging them to take some kind of action, I wished there was something more I could do. A thought occurred to me: what if I could speak directly to a congressperson or senator through a song? I knew that anyone on Capitol Hill actually hearing it was a moonshot, but I also knew that music can travel in unexpected ways and that it was at least worth trying.”
Caws has posted more about the process of writing “Song For Congress” via his always active Facebook feed, including the experience of touring the Capitol building with former House Speaker John Boehner’s Deputy Chief of Staff, as well as his thoughts on living through these tumultuous times.
Founded in 1992, Nada Surf has only grown more creative and resourceful as time has marched on, each consecutive release notable for the quality of its craft as well as Caws’ ongoing growth as both songwriter and human being. 2018 saw the New York City-based band celebrating the 15th anniversary of their seminal Barsuk Records label debut album, LET GO. In addition, Nada Surf recently marked the 20th anniversary of 1999’s NORTH 6TH STREET, by making it available on digital services for the first time. Meanwhile, Nada Surf is currently working on the follow-up to 2016’s acclaimed eighth studio recording, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, and live album, PEACEFUL GHOSTS (recorded alongside Vienna’s ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra and Potsdam’s renowned Deutsches Filmorchester Babelsberg), due sometime in 2020.
“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”
“A dozen near-perfect pop songs, each one teeming with joyful desperation”