Every four years, lo-fi indie-pop sensation Nada Surf becomes restless enough to return to the studio, and subsequently, the road.

With their first album of original material in four years and since the addition of former Guided By Voices guitarist Doug Gillard in 2012, You Know Who You Are was released in early March 2016.

After warming up in the Midwest with a string of acoustic performances, Nada Surf returns to San Francisco to play Great American Music Hall, leading to a long string of dates that stretch across the United States, into Europe and back to the East Coast, ending in early October.

Once a fairly well-known band with songs appearing in movies like 2007’s Disturbia, Nada Surf fell out of the touring spectrum, but not necessarily to go back to the studio.

“Don’t get me started on how hard it is to start or stay on track,” Matthew Caws sings on the new record.

No visible rifts exist, except the rift that a lack of new Nada Surf music creates — which, for the record, has been sporadic over the last eight years. 2008’s Lucky, was a commercial success, but instead of continuing, the band took things casually and remained true to themselves over any kind of external pressure.

2010 saw an album of cover songs, If I Had a Hi-Fi, and 2012 released an album of the first new originals in four years with The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy. 2012 is also the last time the band did any kind of extensive touring, limiting their appearance to less than 20 shows in the last three years.

Nada Surf w/ Prism Tats
Great American Music Hall
May 20, 2016 (16+)
8pm, $26