Published Aug 12, 2013Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws first became friendly with each other in the early '90s, but have now taken their musical relationship into overdrive with the announcement of a new collaborative project called Minor Alps.
The band recently revealed plans to issue their debut LP Get There via Barsuk Records on October 29, and the release will be supported with a quick U.S. tour. You'll find the show info down below.
The project comes in the wake of a long-budding friendship stemming from the pair meeting at a Nada Surf concert in the '90s. Since then, they have contributed vocals to each other's work, from Caws's guest spot on Hatfield's 2008 single "Such a Beautiful Girl," to the former Blake Babies singer/guitarist's appearance on a Nada Surf B-side called "I Wanna Take You Home."
"Over the last few years, we've taken turns suggesting we do something together. The timing was right for both of us this year, so away we went," Caws explained in an interview with Paste.
Hatfield and Caws share co-writing credits throughout the 11-song outing, and split vocal duties and most instrumental duties, save for drums and programming, which were supplied by Parker Kindred (Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons) and Chris Egan (Solange).
A press release notes that the LP, which was recorded by Tom Beaujour in Hoboken, NJ, features "raw electric guitars, dub-tinged electronics and droning six-strings."
Apparently the bond between the two musicians is strong, with Caws noting, "From the first session singing on one of her songs, I had a great feeling in the studio, like we were speaking the same language. Her melodies have always seemed familiar to me, as if our ancestors came from the same town."
In a statement, Hatfield added of their synergy: "In certain ranges, the tones of our voices are so similar I can't tell which is which. I haven't experienced that with any other singer."
11/08 Seattle, WA - Neptune Theater
11/09 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
11/11 San Francisco, CA - The Independent
11/12 Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
11/14 San Diego, CA - Soda Bar
11/16 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Centre
11/17 Chicago, IL - Schubas
11/19 Washington, DC - Black Cat
11/20 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
11/22 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
11/23 Boston, MA - The Sinclair