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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. It featured new guitarist and former Guided by Voices member Doug Gillard. Caws also recorded five acoustic versions of songs from The Stars Are Indifferent on an EP titled The Dulcitone Files. In 2014, the group released B-Sides, a digital collection of rare and unreleased material, and followed with a live album, Live at the Neptune Theater. Returning in 2016, the band released their eighth studio album, You Know Who You Are. ~ Andrew Leahey
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Albums by
Nada Surf

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    Out of the Dark (Live) - Single

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    You Know Who You Are

    21 songs

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    Live at the Neptune Theatre

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    The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy

    12 songs

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    If I Had a Hi-Fi

    12 songs

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    Let Go

    11 songs

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    The Weight Is a Gift

    11 songs

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    Lucky

    14 songs

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    The Proximity Effect

    10 songs

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    High/Low

    5 songs

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    The Dulcitone Files

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Nada Surf

    15 songs

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    B-Sides

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    Cold To See Clear - Single

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    Believe You're Mine - Single

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    Karmic EP

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    The MySpace Transmissions

    16 songs

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    Live in Brussels

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    When I Was Young

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    Whose Authority

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    Popular

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    Imaginary Friends

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    Karmic EP

    13 songs

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    Peaceful Ghosts (Live)

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Top Songs by
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  2.   Always Love
  3.   Popular
  4.   Inside of Love
  5.   Blonde on Blonde
  6.   Waiting for Something
  7.   See These Bones
  8.   The Film Did Not Go 'Round
  9.   Whose Authority
  10.   Cold to See Clear
  11.   If You Leave
  12.   Are You Lightning?
  13.   Comes A Time
  14.   Janine
  15.   Blizzard of '77
  16.   When I Was Young
  17.   Your Legs Grow
  18.   Beautiful Beat
  19.   Enjoy the Silence
  20.   Rushing
  21.   What Is Your Secret
  22.   Believe You're Mine
  23.   Weightless
  24.   I Like What You Say
  25.   Meow Meow Lullabye
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