With their ninth studio album, Nada Surf — Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and their longtime friend and collaborator Louie Lino — continue pursuing their humanistic vision of the world through hooky, catchy rock songs with sharply drawn, yet tenderly felt lyrics. Never Not Together, out on TK DATE, is a wide-ranging collection of songs that revel in the group’s ability to evoke and reflect grand and intricately wrought emotions, whether through sweeping guitar solos or hushed-whisper vocals. In 2017, Nada Surf celebrated the 15th anniversary of their 2002 breakthrough Let Go, an experience that energized the early planning of Never Not Together. “I made pretty elaborate demos for the songs — something I’ve never done before,” says Caws. “I think [the Let Go tour] really boosted my work ethic and made me feel like I really had to go for it.” That openness to listening — to their fans, to each other, to the world — has helped inform Nada Surf’s legacy as down-to-earth rock stars — musicians who can command festival stages around the world while connecting to audience members on a personal level, conscious of the shared humanity every step of the way.