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Album Review

If you weren't familiar with the Nadas' music and took a gander at the cover of their seventh release overall, 2005's Listen Through the Static, you may be fooled into believing that they're either a DJ collective or a retro rock outfit. After all, there is clearly a pile of well-worn vinyl album covers neatly stacked one on top of another, as well as what appears to be some sort of ancient recording equipment (or a record player). But don't be fooled, upon further inspection the Iowa-based band is cut from the same melodic roots rock cloth as such chart-toppers of yesteryear as Fastball and the Gin Blossoms. Despite earning critical raves and building a large cult following, the band refuses to play the "major-label game," as they continue to roll merrily along, issuing albums via their own label, Authentic Records. The opening title track is one of the album's more upbeat selections, as it appears as though the group is most comfortable with either mid-tempos ("The Deal" and "California III") or sparse ditties ("Templeton Rye" and "Love Divided"). The Nadas carved out their niche years ago, and they admirably continue to stick to their guns (from both business and artistic standpoints).


Formed: 1995 in Des Moines, IA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in Ames, IA in 1995 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Butterworth and Jason Walsmith, indie rock outfit the Nadas’ clever, rootsy, melodic folk-rock began as a collegiate extracurricular activity before spreading into the heartland and eventually across the country. The band released two records for the Nomad label in the late '90s (Not a Sound [1995] and New Start [1997]) before signing with Des Moines-based independent label Authentic Records for 2000's Coming Home. Playboy Magazine called...
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