Nada Surf - "Waiting For Something" (MP3 download)

Sound it Out # 15: Nada Surf "Waiting for Something"

Nada Surf has been playing intelligent and catchy guitar-based rock music for two decades. Their records are lush and beautifully written, and the constant sense of wonder and optimism throughout is a joy for this cynic to discover every time. Nada Surf always makes me believe that everything is going to be all right.

The Stars are Indifferent to Astronomy is Nada Surf's new record and it came out Tuesday. The songwriting covers lots of introspective themes about the passing of time without even a hint of sullenness or pomposity. 'Waiting for Something" is a fine example of Nada Surf at their best and may well stick in your head for the foreseeable future. It's been in mine for days.


  1. I heard this last weekend on In House (the weekend-ly “local and otherwise” music show on Oregon Public Broadcasting – . I was kind of shocked to hear that it was a new song because it sounds exactly like a song I’ve been singing in my head for a couple of years now. Turns out, I’ve never heard it, Nada Surf just channeled everything I’ve ever wanted in an indie-pop song. 

  2. One of my absolute favorite bands. Every time I tell people (who don’t know much about music) I am going to see them, I have to explain how they are not a one hit wonder band. They consistently sell out good NYC venues, and have nothing but solid albums. This new album is fantastic by the way, and they are even better live than on record, which is saying a lot because their albums are so damn good.

  3. listening to the record now…like many i sort of only know them as the band who wrote “popular”…(i know, i know…i hate it when i love a semi-obscure band and other people only know the one song too, forgive me)…i’m only 3 songs in and this is REALLY GOOD. time to explore the catalog that i have carelessly missed all this time.

  4. “Dear god, hope you get the letter and…I pray you can make it better down hereI don’t mean a big reduction in the price of beerBut all the people that you made in your imageSee them starving in the street’Cause they don’t get enough to eat from godI can’t believe in you”

  5. The only album of their’s I have is Lucky, which I like a lot. I’ve been meaning to get some more of their stuff.

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