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This article is about the American emo band. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_0

It is not to be confused with Real Estate (band). Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_1

For their eponymous studio album, see Sunny Day Real Estate (album). Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_2

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OriginSunny Day Real Estate_header_cell_0_2_0 Seattle, Washington, U.S.Sunny Day Real Estate_cell_0_2_1
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Sunny Day Real Estate was an American rock band from Seattle, Washington. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_3

They were one of the early emo bands in the Midwest Emo scene and helped establish the genre. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_4

In 1994, the band released their debut album Diary on Sub Pop Records to critical acclaim. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_5

However, shortly after recording their second album LP2, the band broke up, with members Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith joining Foo Fighters and Jeremy Enigk embarking on a solo career. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_6

In 1997, they regrouped long enough to record two more studio albums and a live album but ultimately disbanded once again in 2001. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_7

The band reunited again in 2009. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_8

Bassist Nate Mendel, who chose to remain with Foo Fighters during the previous reunion in 1997, took part in this reunion. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_9

In a 2013 interview with MusicRadar, Mendel said Sunny Day Real Estate was inactive. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_10

According to Mendel, the band attempted to record a full-length album after the end of their reunion tour, but the sessions "just fell apart". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_11

In 2014 the band released one song from those sessions, "Lipton Witch," on a split 7" vinyl with Circa Survive on Record Store Day. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_12

History Sunny Day Real Estate_section_0

Early years Sunny Day Real Estate_section_1

In 1992, guitarist Dan Hoerner and bassist Nate Mendel met when they became housemates at the University of Washington. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_13

After jam sessions, they decided to form a band and sought a drummer, eventually deciding to invite William Goldsmith. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_14

Goldsmith played in many bands but decided to join the duo's project. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_15

They released a demo tape under the name "Empty Set". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_16

Post-release, the band changed their name from Empty Set to Chewbacca Kaboom, upon realization that a band with the name Empty Set already existed. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_17

However, when another demo tape was released, the new name earned them little attention, and it was yet again subject to change, this time to 'One Day I Stopped Breathing'. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_18

The band eventually settled on the name Sunny Day Real Estate. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_19

Mendel stated the band's name "was just a random thought that popped into my head that came from a Talking Heads song, '(Nothing But) Flowers'". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_20

He felt that since the band's outlook on the world saw that every possible thing was becoming a commodity to be bought and sold, it was possible that one day, people would even start selling sunny days. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_21

The lyrics made him ponder about what could be sold as property, and come up with the commercialization of sunny days. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_22

The newly baptized band started as an instrumental piece, but decided to add a singer. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_23

After testing with a female vocalist, Hoerner decided to start singing. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_24

The band recorded a self-released two-song 7" single called Flatland Spider. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_25

Afterwards Mendel took a break to tour with another band, Christ on a Crutch. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_26

Goldsmith called his high school friend Jeremy Enigk to play along with them in a new project, Thief, Steal Me a Peach, where Hoerner played bass and Enigk became the guitarist. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_27

Despite Mendel having some objections, Enigk became a full-time member, and before long, Enigk ascended to become the permanent frontman of the band. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_28

Where Hoerner's vocal style had been in the rougher, hardcore vein, Enigk's vocals were higher-pitched. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_29

The musicians also decided to add slower tempos and more groove to their songs. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_30

The band's new style went on to shape what music fans and journalists alike consider the "indie-emo sound." Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_31

Emotional hardcore being a style initiated in the late 1980s saw a divergence in sound with bands like Sunny Day Real Estate who strayed away from the hardcore tendencies of original emotional hardcore or emo while keeping some of the intensity and stylistic motifs. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_32

Diary, self-titled and break-up Sunny Day Real Estate_section_2

The band's debut album, Diary, released by indie label Sub Pop in 1994, was greeted with numerous positive reviews. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_33

That September, the band performed lead single "Seven" on an episode of The Jon Stewart Show. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_34

A few days later, they taped several songs for MTV's 120 Minutes. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_35

Through November and December, the band undertook a US tour with Shudder to Think and Soul Coughing in support of the album. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_36

The band projected an enigmatic presence to the public. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_37

While supporting Diary, the band allowed only one publicity photo and granted just a single interview (though, strangely, the band posed for an advertisement for department-store chain Nordstrom). Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_38

In a 1998 interview with Norm Arenas of Texas Is the Reason, Hoerner explained that the band made up a fake band name and brought in a fake lead singer for the ad shoot, only to have the store stick their real band name on the ad. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_39

For most of its early days, the band also refused to play a show in California, for reasons that were never fully explained. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_40

When the band was asked to perform at the 1994 Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles for radio station KROQ, Hoerner refused to join them, leaving Enigk, Mendel, and Goldsmith to perform the show as a trio. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_41

After finishing their 1994 US tour, the band regrouped to begin recording the follow-up to Diary. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_42

While the events surrounding the sessions have not been publicly discussed, the band was clearly enduring internal conflict. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_43

Rumors abounded that the root cause was Enigk's sudden conversion to Christianity. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_44

In early 1995, the band announced that it was disbanding. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_45

There was much talk but little really known about the reasons for the break-up. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_46

While many fans focused on Enigk being a reborn Christian, Enigk and other band members later downplayed that aspect. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_47

In a letter addressed "To Seth and other readers", Enigk responded to rumors regarding his faith. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_48

Dismissing the connection between his conversion and their break-up, Enigk wrote, "I took a shot on calling upon God. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_49

He answered me. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_50

My pain was gone. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_51

I was full of joy. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_52

I had hope again. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_53

I must say that the true God is the one who is in the Bible, Jesus Christ," and, "I would be a fool to say that He hasn't worked miracles in my life." Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_54

In November 1995, Sub Pop released the band's second album, bearing only the label Sunny Day Real Estate. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_55

The album was released without cover art or liner notes, and was distributed by Sub Pop as LP2. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_56

It has also occasionally been referred to as "The Pink Album", a reference to its solid pink cover. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_57

When Sub Pop contacted the band for artwork for the release, the band had nothing to offer, so Goldsmith suggested that they "make it pink". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_58

The album included the songs recorded during the brief sessions, as well as tracks such as "Rodeo Jones" that were recorded during the sessions for Diary. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_59

Enigk confessed in an interview in December 2008 that because the band had already broken up during the recording of LP2, he and Hoerner never sat down to complete the lyrics; "We broke up and we just felt like we were done. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_60

We put no energy into the artwork or into anything. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_61

On a lot of songs, there aren’t lyrics! Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_62

In a lot of cases, we never sat down to write them, because we just wanted to get it out of the way as fast as possible. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_63

So I just sang a lot of gibberish, which makes it really quirky. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_64

My favorite is the Japanese translations". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_65

After the breakup, Enigk pursued a solo career, releasing his first solo album, Return of the Frog Queen, in 1996. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_66

Hoerner moved out to a farm in rural Washington, while Mendel and Goldsmith joined Foo Fighters, the band which Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl had formed following the death of Kurt Cobain. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_67

In 1997, following a dispute with Grohl during the sessions for the second Foo Fighters record, Goldsmith departed the band, but Mendel remained. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_68

Reformation, How It Feels to Be Something On, The Rising Tide and second break-up Sunny Day Real Estate_section_3

In 1997, Sub Pop began pressing Enigk and Hoerner about the possibility of releasing a rarities record of Sunny Day Real Estate material, including the band's early 7-inch releases and otherwise unreleased songs, such as the band's unused contribution to The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_69

Given that the album with only this material would have been rather short, the band decided to regroup to record a few new songs. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_70

While working on the songs, the quartet realized that whatever had driven them apart was behind them, and decided to continue working on new material, eventually signaling to Sub Pop that they wanted to release a full new album. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_71

Initially, Mendel intended to quit the Foo Fighters to rejoin Sunny Day full-time, but hedged for several months on actually quitting. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_72

Just before starting the recording sessions for the album, Mendel turned down the opportunity, noting that he did not want to leave what he had with the Foo Fighters for a potentially tenuous reunion. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_73

In September 1998, the band released How It Feels to Be Something On. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_74

For the album, the remaining trio replaced Mendel with Jeff Palmer, formerly of the Mommyheads. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_75

Palmer left the band after a short time, and he was replaced by Joe Skyward. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_76

The title track and "Every Shining Time You Arrive" were intended for Enigk's second solo album, but later became Sunny Day Real Estate songs. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_77

On the album, Hoerner took the opportunity to write about his environmental concerns in "100 Million". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_78

While supporting the album, Sub Pop approached them about the possibility of filming the band for a live release. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_79

Two shows were documented, one on video and one on audio, in the form of Live. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_80

In the weeks after their release, the band noted their displeasure with the video and CD, complaining that Sub Pop did not allow them final approval on the artwork or on the final mixes. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_81

Having fulfilled their contractual obligations, the band left the label. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_82

The search for a new label was a long and difficult process. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_83

Several major labels were eager to sign the band, but the band members felt uncomfortable with signing to a major label. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_84

The situation resulted in the departure of long-time manager Greg Williamson. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_85

Finally, the band signed with Time Bomb Recordings, an independent label distributed by BMG. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_86

With Time Bomb, the band hoped to have the freedom of an indie label backed by the wider distribution of a major label. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_87

The band joined with long-time Hüsker Dü sound engineer Lou Giordano to record The Rising Tide, released in June 2000. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_88

The band had high expectations for the release, and subsequently undertook a lengthy US tour. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_89

At the end of the tour, the band expressed its desire to finally reach out to its European fans by undertaking its first overseas tour. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_90

However, on the eve of the tour, Time Bomb pulled its tour funding, claiming that they simply could not afford to support the band overseas. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_91

It turned out that the label had invested a substantial amount of money in supporting Peter Searcy's Could You Please and Thank You, and the album had performed so poorly that the label was almost completely bankrupt. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_92

Not only could they not support Sunny Day Real Estate overseas, they could no longer fund the band at all. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_93

Some weeks later, the label ceased operations. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_94

Disillusioned and disappointed, the band retreated home, and subsequently announced their disbanding. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_95

Post-Sunny Day Real Estate Sunny Day Real Estate_section_4

After their second disbanding, Hoerner again retreated to his farm in Washington, eventually working with Chris Carrabba on tracks for Dashboard Confessional. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_96

In 2001, Enigk and Goldsmith reunited with Mendel to form a new band, called The Fire Theft, releasing their first self-titled album in 2003. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_97

While they had the option of retaining the Sunny Day Real Estate name, the trio decided that it was time to leave the past behind them and start fresh. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_98

Mendel remained with the Foo Fighters, joining The Fire Theft when his schedule allowed it. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_99

In 2006, Enigk reignited his solo career by recording and releasing the LP World Waits on his own label, Lewis Hollow Records. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_100

Following the October 17 release, Enigk embarked upon a supporting solo tour of the U.S. using material from his 2006 release, as well as his decade-prior solo album, Return of the Frog Queen. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_101

After some speculation in 2006 and 2008, in April 2009, several web sites reported that the band had reunited with all original members. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_102

The reunion was confirmed in June 2009, by Seattle radio DJ Andrew Harms from 107.7 The End. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_103

The band toured the United States and Canada on September and October 2009, and Australia in February 2010 as part of the Soundwave Festival. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_104

The band's first show was a surprise secret show on September 16, 2009 at Hell's Kitchen in Tacoma, Washington. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_105

To coincide with the new tour, the band's first two albums were remastered and reissued with bonus tracks and newly written liner notes. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_106

For their 2009 reunion tour, the band frequently played a newly written song called "10". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_107

On September 29, 2009, the band performed the song "Seven" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_108

The band also performed at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, and went on to play their first ever European gig on May 29 at Barcelona's Primavera Sound. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_109

After that, they played at the HMV Forum in London for their debut UK gig on May 31. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_110

They were also scheduled to play at the punk festival Groezrock in Belgium as part of a European tour, but had to cancel their date due to the volcanic ash situation. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_111

As of 2009, the band had been making statements from the stage implying that new recorded material might have been on the way. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_112

In early 2010, Dan Hoerner confirmed in an interview with Australian music website FasterLouder that the band were writing a new album, but as of 2013, no new material or tour dates have been announced, and Mendel has returned to recording and touring with Foo Fighters. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_113

In a 2013 interview with MusicRadar, Mendel stated that Sunny Day Real Estate is currently inactive. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_114

According to Mendel, the band attempted to record a new full length after the end of their reunion tour, but the sessions "just fell apart." Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_115

In 2014, the band released a split 7" vinyl with Circa Survive on Record Store Day. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_116

The band's only song from the 7", "Lipton Witch," is their first new material released in 14 years. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_117

In December 2018, William Goldsmith claimed on his Facebook page that the unfinished fifth Sunny Day Real Estate album remained "silenced, abandoned and buried within the murkiest depths of David Grohl's sock drawer." Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_118

He would later clarify that he was referring to the Grohl-owned Studio 606 where the album sessions took place and were abandoned due to Jeremy Enigk not receiving "the moral support as well as engineering that he deserved." Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_119

Goldsmith also claimed that Grohl disapproved of Nate Mendel's involvement in The Fire Theft, and thus would not be supportive of Mendel completing the new Sunny Day Real Estate LP. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_120

Via Foo Fighters' representatives, Mendel denied Goldsmith's initial allegations, to which Goldsmith replied that he had not spoken with Mendel since 2011 after a planned conference call to discuss finishing the album did not happen. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_121

Musical style and legacy Sunny Day Real Estate_section_5

Sunny Day Real Estate has primarily been considered an emo band, as well as an indie rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore, post-punk or post-grunge band. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_122

They have also used musical elements of grunge, along with being influenced by bands such as Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fugazi, The Nation of Ulysses, The Psychedelic Furs, Yes, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Dinosaur Jr., Embrace, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rites of Spring, Screaming Trees, Talking Heads, The Flaming Lips, and U2. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_123

As of 2008, Diary is the seventh best-selling album released on Sub Pop, having sold more than 231,000 copies. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_124

In 2013, Diary took the first place in LA Weekly's list "Top 20 Emo Albums in History". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_125

In 2016, Diary also topped the Rolling Stone list "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time". Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_126

Artists influenced by Sunny Day Real Estate include Benton Falls, Braid, Bright Eyes, Circa Survive, Jimmy Eat World, Mineral, Saves the Day, The Get Up Kids, The Movielife, The Promise Ring, The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, This Beautiful Mess and Vendetta Red. Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_127

Band members Sunny Day Real Estate_section_6

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Timeline Sunny Day Real Estate_section_7

Discography Sunny Day Real Estate_section_8

Main article: Sunny Day Real Estate discography Sunny Day Real Estate_sentence_128

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Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Day Real Estate.