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Nada Surf

Once in danger of being relegated to "one-hit wonder" status, Nada Surf soldiered onward after the success of 1996's "Popular," following up a brief residence on the Billboard charts with a slew of solid power pop albums. Founders Matthew Caws (vocals, guitar) and Daniel Lorca (bass) were longtime school friends, having studied together at the Lycée Français de New York in Upper Manhattan. After Lorca spent some time abroad in the late '80s, the two reunited after graduation to form Because Because Because in 1991. By 1993, they had jumped ship and shifted their focus to a new project, Nada Surf, whose first two indie releases won the band a contract in Spain. They recorded an LP for the European label, only to have their original drummer quit. Ira Elliot (formerly of the Fuzztones) was brought aboard just as the group's European deal fell through, and Nada Surf's luck returned when their demo found its way to Ric Ocasek, who offered to produce additional sessions if Nada Surf wished to re-record the material.

The trio soon signed to Elektra in 1995 and cut their debut LP, High/Low, with Ocasek behind the boards. "Popular" became a surprise radio hit the following summer, and Nada Surf found themselves lumped into the "nerd rock revival" camp alongside Superdrag, Cake, and Weezer. This newfound popularity allowed Nada Surf to release several tracks from their European demo as part of the Karmic EP, but it also proved to be a double-edged sword. When the band returned in 1998 with The Proximity Effect, Elektra balked, claiming the album didn't have a "Popular"-sized single. The album was released in Europe before Elektra permanently dropped the band and shelved the record; it would take Nada Surf a full two years to buy back the rights to their work.

The Proximity Effect finally entered U.S. record stores in 2000, when Caws issued it on his own MarDev label, and Nada Surf traveled the country to promote its release. After pooling together the funds of their merchandise sales, the bandmates then entered the studio to independently record a third album, Let Go. Barsuk signed the group and released the album in 2002; three years later, The Weight Is a Gift (produced by fellow labelmate Chris Walla of Death Cab for Cutie) furthered the band's critical acclaim. Nada Surf then returned in 2008 with Lucky, which featured musical contributions from Ben Gibbard, Ed Harcourt, and members of both Calexico and Harvey Danger. Following a world tour in support of the album, Nada Surf put their original compositions on the shelf and, instead, turned to their influences. If I Had a Hi-Fi was released in 2010, featuring covers of songs originally recorded by Kate Bush, Depeche Mode, Dwight Twilley, and others. In 2012, Nada Surf celebrated their 20th anniversary with The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy, the band's seventh studio album and first collection of original material since 2008's Lucky. ~ Andrew Leahey, Rovi
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If you like Nada Surf, you may want to give The Clarks a try.
They are the best...come back to Australia... ! Your gig at the enmore was incredible
nicko252008
haha oh the 90's ...
I have a Nada Surf CD that I haven't listened to in years.. Pandora just reminded me how great they are.. I'm going to pop that baby into my CD player!
saw them in columbus last night. awesome live
discovering bands like this is why Pandora Rocks!
durkinp23
New album is amazing! Keep it up boys!
aprylwime
Cool story, avi88. I bought a Hear Music CD from Starbucks and liked their song Blizzard of '77.
avi88
had the pleasure of knowing these guys (danial and mathew) n the early days of Nada Surf in Williamsburg brooklyn - great musicians - fun music - and fair minded real people. Great to see they are still around, going strong. they have matured nice! Beso! Avigail
extremely underrated band.."weigh t l e s s " has got to be one of my favorite songs by any band.
msieg69
The were great on The rock boat XI last week. Great music and good people.
more like NADA SUCK. Man the f**k up, and quit crying. yeah,yeah,ye a h we know your popular
dfrazier83
Absolute favorite band since 1996. Matthew's voice has been one of the most comforting thing through my adolescence and continues to be so today. I go to their shows every time they came to my town. They're wonderfully sweet guys and always take time to mingle with their fans. I've had several great conversation s with them, and even received a few hugs and kisses :)
These guys are so underrated it is a shame. They are definitely in my top 25 all time list. They are just amazing. If your knowledge of Nada Surf begins and ends with "Popular" and High/Low, do yourself a favor and download everything they have recorded since.
I remember "popular" great single off a solid LP
Nada Surf haven't been on my radar. I'm interested to hear more from these guys.
Surf's Up! I'd travel anywhere to see these guys. Awesome.
Very few bands take on Kate Bush, you really have to be comfortable with your talent and her sincere and dreamlike vocals and stylings. Many Kudos to Nada Surf for a fantastic job!
mcdrow
Saw them at HOB Boston tonight and it was sick. Great job guys! As always...AMA Z I N G !
Weezer lite
billygail
I can't believe this band isn't huge. Caught their set last month at LA's Troubadour, and they were even better live. Heartbreakin g melodies, amazing soaring lead vocals, cranked punk guitar and perfect drums.
conotm
i love this band
jl826326
caught them at Bottletree in Birmingham in 2008. very approachable and down to earth. couldn't believe Ira would take 45 minutes to speak with a fan. how fortunate I was to see them with 300 or so friends.
Love it all!
Saw Nada Surf play with Sea Wolf and Little Brazil in Omaha. Good times!
zaphikiel
I really love Nada Surf's stuff that came out in the 2000's! :D
meh, i don't care for them very much.
dpsisler
@etumine: Detachable penis was by King Missle
is this the band that did detachable penis? sounds like it. good stuff.
ntm6312
Holy Crap! I actually like this song. Why have I been ignoring Nada Surf?
saw them @ san diego house of blues about 3 years ago. best show we'd ever been to.
Really good band I've never heard off before=)
If you're referring to Nada Surf, it would be vice versa. Aqualung would remind you of Nada. Don't think he was doing much musically 10-15 years ago when they got their start.
daniel.lebla n c 8 8
Completely generic. I think I heard it when it was called aqualung
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effin A is moron with no musical taste. they are one of the best underrated bands out there with a style all their own and crafty a** guitar parts. jeez. I love how they reference their favorite bands in some of their songs. Yes, ebarsto, see these bones is amazing and yes,hkalinka , so is blonde on blonde. How many bands can put consistently good albums out like this? Guess you havent heard all of em.
violethill22 9
One of my favorite bands. I'd say Let Go is my favorite cd, and Weight is next. But their all my favorite cd's, I couldn't do without any of them.
See These Bones is my favorite song from 2008....and it's not even close. Really like this band.
I remember hearing the song "Popular" a while back and liking it, but I never investigated the band's other songs until recently. I discover more and more songs that I love by Nada Surf on a weekly basis! One of my favorites is "Blonde on Blonde."
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While I could do without their first two albums, Let Go and The Weight is a Gift are PHENOMENAL. No indie rock fan should be without those two albums. Their latest addition, Lucky, is quite good as well. Forget their old radio hit Popular, that might as well have been written by a completely different band.
Love these guys :)
happy kid is a great song.
"Popular" reminds me of a Suicidal Tendencies "Institution a l i z e d " ripoff.
Reminds me of death cab for cuty with some more edge to it. They have more than just one good song because i happen to like eighty windows among others.
d.musolino
yo i agree with lou872, nada surf is sweet
info16724
Me likey :)
These guys are great! Great song writing. A real gem of a band that you don't hear about a lot. Sir bogus is wrong.
POPULAR IS THEIR ONLY GOOD SONG BECAUSE ITS FUNNY THEY HAVE NO TALENT HENCE NO OTHER GOOD SONGS YOU GUYS ARE GAY
I like their other stuff.
Not a fan of Popular. I hate it.
But the rest of their stuff is fantastic.
joelhorton
I'm down with Nada Surf, heck I even like "popular".
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