Nada Surf and WATERS Talk Concert Piranhas, Crazy Fans, Stage Fright and More -- Call and Response
This week, Nada Surf and WATERS are kicking off a tour that will take them around the U.S. Just before the trek, we recruited the band's respective frontmen -- Matthew Caws and Van Pierszalowski -- to do our jobs for us and interview each other. Caws was at home in Cambridge, England, taking time away from giving his son guitar lessons, while Pierszalowski was calling from San Francisco. Below, check out their discussion about life on the road, being a lead singer, their admiration for Radiohead and, of course, getting eaten by piranhas.
Van: How long have you been in Cambridge?
Matthew: Just a week, before that we were in New York for three or four days, we did this thing in Philadelphia called Non-Com, which is the non-commercial radio convention. I have to say, it was really great because it was just people who still get to play whatever they want. It was two stages, a bunch of bands. I call it South by South Manageable. I saw Father John Misty, who is great. Man, what a show.
Van: Yeah, my god. I saw him a couple of times at SXSW, when it was just him and a guitar. Then I saw clips on some TV show with him playing and just singing. It was so nice to actually see a real frontman with moves and some swagger.
Matthew: I was with people afterwards having this big long debate about his moves. I said, "It's like Steve Martin or Jim Carrey or something."
Van: There's definitely Steve Martin in there. It's just so rare these days in the Indie world to have someone that can do that. Oh my god, that would be my worst absolute nightmare, would be to be performing without an instrument, just singing and displaying my moves