Sunny Day Real Estate Reunite For Tour

This time it’s the
entire original lineup. Check out that original vintage Sub Pop photo, too!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Following a more than 10 year hiatus, all four original
members of Seattle’s Sunny Day Real Estate will
regroup for a 20-date US
tour starting Sept. 17th. In addition, Sub Pop Records will re-issue
both Diary and the band’s second full-length album, commonly known as LP2 (or “The Pink Album” for its entirely pink cover). Both re-mastered albums will
include rare bonus tracks as well as newly written liner notes and will be
released on both CD and LP Sept. 15.

 

The backstory:

 


Originally formed in Seattle
in 1992, Sunny Day Real Estate featured Nate Mendel (bass), William Goldsmith
(drums), Dan Hoerner (guitar,vocals) and Jeremy Enigk (vocals, guitar). Diary,
the band’s first full-length album, was released in 1994 on Sub Pop, going on
to become the seventh-best selling record in the label’s history with more than
231,000 copies scanned in the US alone. Diary was recorded at Chicago’s Idful Studios
with producer Brad Wood and released to critical acclaim. Following the
completion of a US Tour to support the debut release, the group headed back
into the studio with Wood to record the follow-up.

 

But during the recording sessions, internal tensions
splintered Sunny Day Real Estate, resulting in a sudden break-up and the
finished album being turned in to Sub Pop without a title or artwork. LP2 was released in November 1995, by which time both Goldsmith and Mendel had
joined Foo Fighters and Enigk had begun a solo career. Without Mendel, Sunny
Day Real Estate reunited in 1997 and released two more studio albums (the 1998
Sub Pop release How It Feels to Be Something On and in 2000 The
Rising Tide
on Time Bomb) before disbanding again in 2001. 

 

“I wasn’t around for the second version of the band that
recorded the 3rd and 4th albums, so I’ve always had a
feeling of unfinished business there,” Mendel said, in a statement.  “We
had all these outsized ideas back then, ‘Everyone’s going to learn a new
instrument,’ and ‘Let’s do a rock opera,’ but before we could get anywhere with
them, the band broke up. We left behind all these weird and beautiful songs,
though, and they’ve stuck with me all this time. I’m really happy that we get a
chance to play them together again.”

 

Meanwhile, Jeremy Enigk has a new solo album, OK Bear, and we have a review of it to
be posted later this week. “Earthy, singer-songwriter music with flashes of
prog-like bombast topped by Enigk’s gorgeous melodies and lyrics that suggest
more than they say,” is our ace reviewer’s 8-star (out of 10) assessment.

 

 

Sunny Day Real Estate Tour Dates:

 

September 17th           
Vancouver, BC/Commodore Ballroom      

September 18th           
Portland/Crystal Ballroom (Musicfest NW)

September 20th           
Salt Lake City/Murray Theater

September 21st            
Denver/Ogden Theater

September 23rd           
Minneapolis/First Avenue

September 24th           
Chicago/Metro

September 25th           
Detroit/St Andrews Hall

September 27th           
New York/Terminal 5

September 28th           
Boston/House of Blues

September 30th           
Washington DC/930 Club

October 1st                  
Philadelphia/Trocadero

October 3rd                 
Atlanta/CW Center Stage

October 5th                 
Dallas/Granada Theater

October 6th                 
Houston/Warehouse Live

October 7th                 
Austin/La Zona Rosa

October 9th                 
Tempe/Marquee Theatre

October 10th               
Anaheim/House of Blues

October 11th               
Los Angeles/Henry Fonda Theater

October 13th               
San Francisco/Fillmore

October 15th               
Spokane/Knitting Factory

October 16th               
Seattle/Paramount Theatre

 

 

 

 

 

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