Nada Surf

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    Nada Surf band photo 2008

Nada Surf Biography

This Alternative-Rock trio from New York City, New York USA, started in the mid-'90s when two high school friends, singer + guitarist Matthew Caws and bassist Daniel Lorca met drummer Ira Elliot.

In the fall of 1995, the boys released the 5-track EP "Karmic" on No. 6 Records. The band scored their biggest hit when they joined up with Ric Ocasek, who produced their debut full-length disc, "High/Low", issued in June 1996 on Elektra Records; the lead single, "Popular", broke into The Modern Rock chart peaking at #11 and helped propel the album to #63 on The Billboard Top 200 chart.

Nada Surf returned two years later with its second effort but they then sabotaged their career by fighting with their record company and the album was released as scheduled in Europe; so after wrestling the rights back, the trio released "The Proximity Effect" Stateside in 2000 on their own label, MarDev Records and toured accordingly.

Two years passed before they released their third album, "Let Go". It was eventually re-issued on Barsuk Records in 2003 reaching #31 on the Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

Nada Surf resurfaced in September 2005 with a new single, "Always Love" and a new album, "The Weight Is A Gift", which hit #15 on the U.S. Top Independent chart and made a brief chart intrusion on The Billboard 200 at #167.

"Lucky", the title of the New York City threesome's fifth studio record, was released in February 2008. The albun was at once literal and ironic; like the songs that Caws, Lorca and Elliot crafted for their previous two efforts, "Lucky" was filled with images of restlessness, longing and the elusiveness of love. It managed to crack the top 10 of the Indie chart and reached #82 on The Billboard 200 spawning two minor hit singles, "See These Bones" and "Whose Authority".

Nada Surf bring their trademark sense of harmony and musical craftsmanship to twelve of their favourite songs with their 2010 release, "If I Had A Hi-Fi", their first album of covers, released via the band's own MarDev Records.

The band's sixth studio album of original material, "The Stars Are Indifferent To Astronomy", arrived in January 2012 and reached #86 on The Billboard 200.

 

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    Group shot 2003