Sure, they penned the obviously raddest one-hit-wonder of 1996, but since that fateful year, full of cheerleaders and homoerotic football players, Nada Surf have continued to rage against the dying of that hit-single light. They may have fallen off MTV’s radar, but so have most things north of Christina Aguilera’s baby-bump. Since leaving Elektra in 1998, the band have built a quiet following of appreciative indie rockers around the world, unconcerned with attaining the high-rotation status that launched their career in the first place. Their last record, 2005’s The Weight is a Gift, was called “a top-notch collection of sad-eyed guitar ballads” by Rolling Stone, and was their second album to be released by some label that also includes a band that’s all about killing people in taxis, or something. Its follow-up, Lucky, is scheduled for release on February 5, and for no particular reason at all, the band are celebrating early with a Toronto in-store this Wednesday, January 9.
Yup. There’s no show, and no tour. Just a one-off in the basement of Sonic Boom (512 Bloor Street West), which was recently rocked to shit by hardcore heavyweights Fucked Up. It’s all free, and it starts at 7:15. Almost early enough to give you time to go listen to Carl Wilson be a crazy person.
Photo courtesy of Nada Surf.