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Sunny Day Real Estate

Considering their relatively brief existence, Sunny Day Real Estate racked up enough dramatic twists and turns to rank with some of the great rock soap operas. Its key members have engaged in just about every rock cliché imaginable, including finding religion, refusing to work with the media, breaking up, and joining a big-name group, and even recording an ambitious full-orchestra pop album -- all before reuniting in 1997.

Although they formed in 1992 amid the burgeoning hard rock scene in Seattle (and later signed to Northwest power label Sub Pop), the group could not have been more different from their flannel-clad contemporaries. Originally conceived as a three-piece (guitarist/vocalist Dan Hoerner, bassist Nate Mendel, and drummer William Goldsmith), Sunny Day Real Estate garnered attention when it added enigmatic lead singer Jeremy Enigk, whose high-pitched, constantly ascending voice complemented their melodic songs. The group was shrouded in mystery from the get-go: they released only one picture to the press; conducted one interview; and, for some still-unknown reason, never played a show in the state of California with all four members.

With the release of their 1994 debut album, Diary, Sunny Day achieved newfound fame (at one time posing for an ad for department-store chain Nordstrom), while Enigk converted to Christianity. In 1995, the group broke up, but not before releasing that year's LP2 (which, because of its single-hue design, is usually referred to as "The Pink Album") and prompting speculation as to whether Enigk's born-again status was behind the breakup. Goldsmith and Mendel quickly found work with the Foo Fighters, while Hoerner retreated to a farm in Washington. One year after the breakup, Enigk released Return of the Frog Queen, a set of acoustic songs recorded with a 21-piece orchestra. In the meantime, the group maintained a steady fan base on the Internet, and continued to sell copies of their first two albums.

In 1997, after months of speculation, the group re-formed, minus Mendel (who stayed with the Foo Fighters and was replaced first by former Mommyheads bassist Jeff Palmer, then by ex-Posie Joe Skyward), and in September 1998 returned with How It Feels to Be Something On, which was met with critical accolades from fans and critics, prompting more media attention than ever as well as a new tour. The dates also yielded 1999's Live, which helped whet appetites for the second studio album of the reunion (and the first not recorded for Sub Pop). The Rising Tide was released by Time Bomb in 2000, marked by a gentler tone and a stronger prog rock influence that resulted in some of the best reviews of the band's already acclaimed career. However, external forces conspired against the band; Time Bomb's distribution deal with Arista fell through, making promotion and touring all but impossible. Additional difficulties with their management soured sessions for a follow-up, and it was announced in June 2001 that Sunny Day Real Estate had disbanded. ~ Brian Raftery, Rovi
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The rising tide is my favorite
:(
I can think of no other band like them really.. Seemingly effortless when waxing poetic and emotional...
Hair metal is way better than this music. Long live glam
Can't imagine my existence without their music.
do you ever wonder about the growing stupidity of people that post i love this song and the like on the BAND page? i certainly do.
sandylps24
I could cry :'( I love this song so much!
indeed sir, indeed.
xlilcriscox
Great band
Musical geniuses
tigerue
Album is really good. Love this Band
How about adding a band called Elliott to the Similar artists. There's a real resemblance.
I love this song
Just bought all their CDs.
loved these guys
What a treat.
Enigk is an underrated musical genius of our times,
Considering emo started in the mid 80s, I'd have to say that its godfathers can't be from the 90s, Alexx. Maybe read about s**t before you post it as fact?
must say the current similar artists suggestions are complete and utter crap.
adams16841
My fav song 47.
I have never seen anyone so happy to play music, as when I watched Daniel live in concert. They are to me,one of the most underrated bands of all time. Jeremy is amazing..... . . . . . . . . . . . .
Amazing!~
neillurvey
The 2010 Diary tour was amazing
OK Bear
Update definelty in order...they reunited again and toured US including some shows in Australia. They played Cochella in 2010 as well. In several of the live shows they indicated they were writing some new songs. Not sure how all this will pan out with Mendels involvment with The Jealous Sound (great band), but it sounds like something is going to happen - sometime.
maybe an update is in order, THE FIRE THEFT?
Well put Alexx. They were loved even by people who were into Minor Threat, Jawbreaker, Op Iv, The Subhumans, The Dead Kennedys, Screaching Weasel, The Queers, etc. The first time I heard the trem emo, a crusty punk recommended LP2 to me. I already had Diary, which is ridiculously good, but LP2 is their peak as a band. Listen to the bass line in Waffle. Nate Mendel was perfect. Now he just plays power rock in the Foo Fighters. Let him do what he does best Dave!!!
I love the crap out of the Foo, but why oh why would you let such an amazing band go??
They were ahead of there time most bands were stuck in the 90's but there sound sounded like stuff from 00's the godfathers of Emo and one of the best bands that came from the 90's
SDRE, favorite band of all time
I'm always reminded of Planes Mistaken For Stars when I hear anything by Sunny Day Real Estate
jtlomaki
not bad stuff interesting sound
Sunny Day, forever in my heart!!!! :-(
Jeremy has a solo album out too,his vocals are a treasure to be sure.
Wow okay.
boatrightmus i c
Don't forget about their other project 'The Fire Theft.'
rburtt457
this is the only place i found to investigate about my prob....wher e is the f**king Jets to Brazil on my Jets to Brazil query?
The only kind of "emo" music that matters.
Nate Mendel's bass line in "Waffle" on LP2 is my favorite bass line ever. Diary and LP2 are flawless classics. Don't have them both? You should! One of the most underrated bands of the 90s.
in an age when bands love to show themselves off with tons of fotos, i love that SDRE only had ONE foto released. It was about the music, not the image or what the members looked like. If you wanted to see them, you had to go SEE them. Glad i did.
true, 'emo', now is watered down corporate(po p ) p u n k . bands like rites of spring, fugazi, jawbreaker, samiam and yes, sdre were what was called emocore. a more melodic and openly emotional version of hardcore. but that is to say that music isn't emotional? a redundant term turned into a merchandisin g tool....
This band brings back memories. Good stuff. "In Circles" is great song.
specter818
emotive sounds a little too upbeat for what this band actually plays. this band defined the emo genre and mtv etc. completely distorted it and made it into something i don't care for
seriously, i'm sure this is just about anybody's (or most ppl's) opinion, let's keep "emo" OUT of these guys' area. i'd honestly rather use the term "emotive" since it's MUCH less misleading
now wuts bothering me now is all this talk about these guys being 'emo'. k, out of my bias opinion, i just truly dislike the term 'emo' mainly because of wut the mainstream radio and MTV has converted our almost all our society to and even wut it's done to ppl's live ("like wut?" u may ask. uh hello, suicudes? live-destroy i n g influences? mass increases in problematic youth everywhere?) . all this which SDRE does NOT AT ALL promote
specter818
wow.. i'm surprised they still do shows
saw them in Dallas Monday night best show in a long time I felt like I was in my twenties again.
In three days I will see them perform in Austin Texas! Cannot wait!
wb.cnote
Lol highjacked? I guess you can say that. More like liberated. I still like the first cd diary, its such a great album
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