Nada Surf brought their 15th anniversary celebration of Let Go for a sold out evening at the Moroccan Lounge." /> L.A. Record

NADA SURF @ THE MOROCCAN LOUNGE

May 15th, 2018 | Live reviews

Photos and recap by Doug Krantz

Nada Surf brought their 15th anniversary celebration of Let Go for a sold out evening at the Moroccan Lounge.

Prior to the band’s arrival onstage, they were introduced to us and referred to us as “family.” They hit the stage to loud cheers with an acoustic rendition of Let Go album opener “Blizzard of ’77” before moving into the rocking “Happy Kid” which got all of us amped up and moving along to the beat. The band proceeded to play the entirety of Let Go, with lead singer, Matthew Caws remarking at one point that they should’ve written an album complete with banter 15 years ago when they wrote Let Go. Despite it being 15 years since the album’s initial release, they still sound exactly the same and the music and lyrics resonate just as much as they did in 2003.

Not ones to disappoint those who love tracks from their other discography, after the band completed their first set with Let Go, they did an entire second set of fan favorites and some of their biggest hits spanning their career. The second set kicked off with the rollicking “Imaginary Friends” and even included “No Quick Fix” which was a song only featured on the European release of Let Go.

“See These Bones” sounded almost hypnotic and closed the second set, but Nada Surf wasn’t ready to end there just yet. They did a three song encore, which provided one of the best moments of the night, when the band performed “Always Love,” with lyrics like “always love, hate will get you every time,” it was an extremely poignant way to end such a positive celebration of Nada Surf and their achievements.