by Bill Pearis
Juliana Hatfield and Nada Surf's Matthew Caws have been friends for a long time, and have sung on each other's records. But now the two have formed a new group, Minor Alps, who will release their debut album, Get There, via Barsuk Records on October 29. Not unlike the quieter moments on the last few Nada Surf Records, the album is appealingly mellow pop, with arpeggiated guitars, gentle electronics, and the occasional melotron. Mostly, though, it's about Caws and Hatfield's voices which sound pretty great together.
No songs have been released from the record yet, but Minor Alps will be touring this fall, including a stop in NYC at Bowery Ballroom on November 20. Tickets go on sale Friday (8/16) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/14) at noon. All dates are listed below.
Minor Alps -- 2013 Tour Dates
November 08 Neptune Theater - Seattle, WA
November 09 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
November 11 The Independent - SF, CA
November 12 Echoplex - LA, CA
November 14 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA
November 16 Cedar Cultural Ctr - Minneapolis, MN
November 17 Schubas - Chicago, IL
November 19 Black Cat - Washington DC
November 20 Bowery Ballroom - NY, NY
November 22 World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
November 23 The Sinclair - Boston, MA