Nada Surf Celebrate Acclaimed Album’s Anniversary at Brooklyn Steel

March 6th, 2018

Matthew Caws (vocals and guitar) and Daniel Lorca (bass) met in school in New York City and formed Nada Surf in the early ’90s. Drummer Ira Elliott joined in 1995, and the trio’s first LP, the Ric Ocasek–produced High/Low (stream it below), arrived the following year, with lead single “Popular” quickly becoming a big hit. (They became a four-piece in 2012 with the addition of former Guided by Voices guitarist Doug Gillard: “The veteran player adds so much more punch and beauty to Nada Surf,” per Paste.) But it was thanks to their third full-length, Let Go (stream it below)—which came out in the U.S. in 2003—that the band (above, performing “Happy Kid”) broke into the mainstream. “Virtually every song on Let Go hits its mark in one way or another, dispensing consistently remarkable moments that range from the sweet minor-key swoon of ‘Blizzard of ’77’ and ‘Neither Heaven Nor Space’ to the sleek, bouncy new wave of ‘Hi-Speed Soul,’raved the A.V. Club. “Examining relationships, fruit-fly swarms and Cheap Trick lyrics with equally keen understanding, all while dispensing a disarming array of subtly endearing hooks, Nada Surf complete the evolution into a smart pop marvel before most listeners knew it had begun.” The band is traveling the world in celebration of the acclaimed album’s 15th anniversary, and the North American leg of the tour brings them to Brooklyn Steel on Thursday night.