Saturday, July 31, 2010

Nada Surf @ Fnac Indétendances festival, Parvis Hotel de Ville de Paris, July 30 2010

Nada Surf @ Fnac Indétendances Festival
Parvis Hotel de Ville, Paris july 31 2010
Every year during mid-july mid-August the Fnac stores with the City of Paris are organizing free rock concerts in order to discover young bands every friday and saturday evening between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM.
It used to by the river @ Pont de Sully on a very nice spot, they've changed it a couple of years ago to the bigger Parvis de l'Hotel de Ville.
Probably between 5000 and 7000 people.
The Hotel de Ville is the main town hall of Paris, the "legend" is that it's so big that they don't know how many rooms it has ( more than 300 ).
It's also a beautiful spot but less glamour than by the right bank of the river Seine.

We've missed the first two bands Lafayette & Lilly Wood & the Prick ( we already saw them @ La Défense) as we were having an early diner by the river between St Michel & the mighty Notre Dame de Paris.
We arrived just in time to catch... the last song of Lovely Drifter Karen (Blonde girl on Pic above). Can't really judge on one song so check their Myspace for more.
9:00 PM it's time for the main attraction of the evening American band Nada Surf.
There always has been something special between this band & France as the guys are fluent in French as they have study in a French High School.
They also had a couple of hits over here a few years ago ( Both of them on videos here)
Lots of young ladys in the audience and very relax atmosphere, the band can't play over 90db because of the neighbors so for once it's not too loud and the sound is perfect.

Nada Surf has never been a party animal band on a stage but they have some great pop-rock tunes which are really perfect in these conditions ( outdoor , nice weather & summer ).
They have an additional Keyboard & Trumpet player for an extra flavour.
Best of setlist with a couple of covers( They've done an album with only covers recently) including one by Depeche Mode.
Because of time limitations they've just played for an hour with no encore but they've done a very decent set, very enjoyable maybe not the best show i've been to this year but perfect in these lovely conditions.
They ended the set with both their hits( here on video) and " Blankest year".

2 hits on one video : " Popular" & "Always love"

Nada Surf