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Gibbard, Hatfield on New Nada Surf Album?

According to a band spokesperson, the “Popular” boys of Nada Surf are currently tracking their fifth studio album and follow up to 2005’s The Weight is a Gift in Seattle. And according to, singer/songwriter Matthew Caws is eyeing a January release for the album, tentatively titled Time for Plan A, which will likely include collaborations with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Juliana Hatfield, Harvey Danger’s Sean Nelson and the Long Winters’ John Roderick. A band spokesperson was unable to confirm the new details.

“We tracked maybe 20 songs. I’d say a third of those still need lyrics,” Caws told “It’s probably 70 percent there, but of the ones we’re going to put on, maybe three songs still need words and the other ones need to be cooked a little.” Furthermore, Caws reportedly stated material for the new album, which has yet to be whittled down to a tracklisting, culls a collection of “some hard rock, almost early ’80s British metal” and a few tunes that “sound like Tom Petty.” Of those, reports seven will feature cello supplements, which Caws claims are “not cheesy” and don’t “suck the rock out, which has happened to us before.”

Before the album drops, fans can expect a brief acoustic tour — sans bassist Daniel Lorca — which could possibly be held at your own pad. “If you have a house, can put 100 people in it and make sure it doesn’t get shut down because there are too many cars on your lawn, let’s do it,” Caws said.

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