This is the title track from British alternative rock band Klaxons' second studio album. The band were forced to re-record parts of the record after it was originally rejected by their label as "too experimental" for release.
The phrase "Surfing the Void" comes from French philosopher Simone Weil's religious and life-affirming book Gravity and Grace. Bassist and vocalist Jamie Reynolds explained to NME July 24, 2010: "Its meaning, I realised had a double application for us. On one hand 'the void' represents where the band were for a time between these albums, it's this same journey that's eventually fuelled the writing of the album. But it's also a cheeky reference to the current musical climate and the void in that situation."
In January 2011 it was announced that the album cover, which depicts a cat in an astronaut suit, had won a prize for the best album artwork of 2010. The announcement was made by Art Vinyl, a company that promotes record covers as art.
Fall Out Boy's "The Kids Aren't Alright" song title is not a reference to The Offspring's 1998 single of the same name. It actually alludes to The Who's 1979 rockumentary film called The Kids Are Alright.