Show Pics: Nada Surf @ La Zona Rosa (6/29)

Third show of the week was at La Zona Rosa. Had to run solo for this one, made it easy to get through the crowd, my stage space locked down by a Lone Star bribe to a group of people in town from all over Texas to see Nada Surf together; no photo pit, but still a three song limit.

We were treated to Austin’s The Zoltars and San Fran’s Waters as openers before Nada Surf played a twenty-three song set.

More after the jump…

The bar side of LZR is now storage. Although the place is getting more shows booked lately, it still smelled a bit musty. #Febrezeit

The Zoltars are a mess. As you know, we like messy. They are, getting more seasoned and will be recording new materials for a release on Sunday Records. New songs were a little more serious(?).

Waters was born form the ashes of Port O’Brien. The band’s direction took that of the Port O’Brien songs that I liked. They are great opener for Nada Surf, similar but not a clone. They dropped a lot of energy into their set, praising Austin and unleashing a series of compliments and thank you’s to Nada Surf that made me blush. If you haven’t yet, be sure to spend a little time with Out In The Light. “Take Me Out To The Coast” was a crowd favorite. “For the One” finished their set.

Nada Surf is indie pop band acting as a karaoke machine for fans. They were hit with a constant barrage of requests between songs. They could play for three hours and not satisfy every person in the building. Twenty years. That is some staying power. The band can almost buy beer. Matthew Caws reciprocated the bromance towards Waters and explained how The Zoltars killed a set at SxSW to earn an opening spot. Doug Gillard, known for work with GBV, is on tour with Nada Surf, a semi-permanent fixture in the band since he assisted with recording the If I Had A Hifi covers album. Favorite song was “Whose Authority”.

There are a few more pics at the photo site

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