Teenage Dreams
Whose Authority
The Future

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Nada Surf

– “So, who will be playing here now?”
– “Nada Surf.”
– “Wow, it’s really true! That’s amazing, I have been listening to them so much!”

We arrive at Mike’s Werkstatt, a curiosities shop, theatre and workshop on an early Saturday afternoon. Mike has invited a friend (and his little son) over, who obviously couldn’t believe what was about to happen until Nada Surf’s Matthew and Ira walk in a couple of minutes later. The two New Yorkers curiously check out the place, take pictures and discuss the possibility of having their next music video shot on the tiny theatre stage. Ira in the end buys the top hat he’s wearing throughout the session. They start off with “Teenage Dreams” from their new album “The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy”. Midway through the song a family walks by the shop door and stops once hearing the music. The kids are excited and start giggling, then suddenly disappear but are back in time for a final applause. In high spirits Nada Surf move on to the classic “Whose Authority” from 2008 and later onto the tiny theatre stage to play “The Future”, the closing song of their current album. After more than an hour of exporing this amazing location Matthew and Ira have to leave. The smile on the face of Mike’s friend leaves no doubt how much he enjoyed the little private concert.


  • Posted: February 28, 2012
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Michael Luger
  • Photography: Simon Brugner