Minor Alps, the collaborative project featuring Juliana Hatfield (Blake Babies,The Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls) and Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), stopped at Philly’s World Cafe Live last night to promote their debut album, Get There. In an appropriate chronological twist, the two tipped off the set with their first collaboration together, “I Wanna Take You Home”, off Nada Surf’s 2008 album, Lucky. From there, they worked through Get There and tossed in some of their respective past work, including tracks from Nada Surf, Blake Babies, and Hatfield’s endless repertoire. One odd highlight was their closing rendition of The Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved”, a cover that could give Billie Joe and Norah a run for their money.
The night took an especially warm tone when Caws admitted the City of Brotherly Love was one of his favorite places to play, name dropping several old clubs. It was a nice touch that won over several locals, who responded with enthusiasm to the duo’s ’90s college rock memories. Yet what was most astonishing about Hatfield and Caws is how their dual vocals intertwine; it was as if they were simply born to play together. This begs me to wonder: Why did this take so long?