Saturday Night: Sunny Day Real Estate at the House of Blues, Anaheim; October 10, 2009.
Better Than: The Creed reunion.
The Promise Ring, The Get Up Kids, and Sunny Day Real Estate all made waves in the early '90s with their heart-on-a-sleeve lyrics and alternating quiet/loud guitars to be unfairly tagged as "emo." While bands like Fall Out Boy have sullied the genre, it is good to see these bands come back on the scene and reclaim their glory.
I wasn't surprised to find myself at the House of Blues in Anaheim with a bunch of people in their mid-to-late-thirties singing every word to "Friday," as Sunny Day Real Estate immediately impressed me with their renewed musical chemistry.
They didn't pull any punches when launching into roaring anthem "Seven"--Jeremy Enigk was slashing out the power chords, while Dan Hoerner was interweaving his melodic guitar lines. Nate Mendel and William Goldsmith were interlocked as a rhythm section, one that made them formidable enough to be drafted into the early incarnation of Foo Fighters.
"Song About An Angel" had a huge crowd assist on vocals that provoked Dan to reveal that he enjoyed hearing everyone's voices. Sunny Day Real Estate sounded even heavier and chunkier compared to how I remembered them. "Guitars & Video Games" adhered to the quiet then loud formula with Nate flourishing the song with some extra high bass notes while playing in the pocket.
Another cause for excitement was their unveiling of a new song which started with some finger-picked guitars before shifting gears into overdriven guitar heaven. After a handful of songs, I surmised that Sunny Day Real Estate's eclipses some of their contemporaries with a musical catalog still sounds fresh.
The encore of "In Circles" was another festive sing-along that provoked Dan comment that, "Sometimes thank you isn't enough" after the completion of the song. "J'nuh" quickly closed out the evening that still left a number of fans on the floor chanting and hoping for one more song.
Dead Country from Silverlake kicked things off with rock-driven tunes. After further investigating via myspace, they are apparently working with Dave Grohl on recording some material. I likes their song "Carolina".
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Personal Bias: I am sucker for bands that reunite. Especially if they were really good.
By The Way: Sub Pop recently released the remastered versions of Sunny Day Real Estate's first two albums "Diary" and "LP2" with bonus tracks.
Sunny Day Real Estate setlist at the House of Blues Anaheim (10/10/09)
"Song About An Angel"
"Guitar & Video Games"