When Nada Surf came out of exile in the early 2000s to release the underestimated Let Go
, the band had discovered what worked for them in a new era, and spent the next decade fine-tuning their sound. The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy
is a continuation of that fine-tuning. It's a collection of 10 mid-tempo power rock songs that are abound with catchy hooks. They can stay in your ear long after the songs are over. From the first play, the songs lend themselves easily to head nodding and foot tapping. Each song swings at about the same speed and structure. The chorus comes quickly, lead by Matthew Caws' youthful voice. The longtime trio is locked in sync together, held down by Daniel Lorca's understated bass playing and Ira Elliot's powerful drumming.