|Genres:||Pop / Rock|
|Tags:||indie seen live indie rock alternative rock alternative rock indie pop|
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After making their initial impact in 1996 with the single, Popular, this Los Angeles, California, USA-based alternative rock band then struggled to shake off accusations that they were a novelty band. The single - a teenage guide to winning popularity - was actually only partially representative of the bands songwriting, and was seen by some as an answer record to Radioheads Creep. Its lyrics - Im a quarterback/Im popular/Ive got my own car/Im a football star - were written by singer/guitarist Matthew Caws in tribute to his own high school alienation. Prior to forming Nada Surf with Daniel Lorca (bass) and Ira Elliot (drums), he had been a member of a number of unsuccessful independent groups. He had also worked as a journalist, taking a post as associate editor on the musicians magazine Guitar World. Popular was followed by the release of an EP, Karmic, for No. 6...