"Nada Surf" is an American alternative rock group formed in 1992. The New York band consists of Matthew Caws (guitar, vocals), Ira Elliot (drums, backup vocals) and Daniel Lorca (bass, backup vocals).
The band is best-known for the song, ''"Popular"'' from their 1996 album ''High/Low''. The song reached #11 on the US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and propelled the album to #63 on the Billboard 200.
Each of the verses in ''Popular'' presents, in spoken word format, sarcastic advice to teens. Initially offered in a calm, deadpan voice, the lyrics gradually build Kinison-style in teen angst and rage.
The follow-up effort, ''The Proximity Effect'', failed to garner much attention. The band explains on their official website:
Nada Surf recorded ''The Proximity Effect'' in 1998 with Fred Maher (Luna, Lou Reed, Matthew Sweet). It was a mighty fine record. Elektra, claiming they "didn’t hear a single," asked the band to go back in the studio to hunt for one. As this was months after they’d handed the record in, the band refused and were dropped. It’s pretty safe to say, though, that Elektra didn’t appear to be "listening" very hard. The Prox...
years active 1992–present country New York, United States music genre Alternative rock, indie rock current members Matthew Caws