Sunny Day Real Estate
Most bands wouldn't survive singers who suddenly find God and bail on the band, guitarists who resolutely refuse to perform anywhere in California, entire rhythm sections who depart the fold for greener pastures with ex-Nirvana drummers, and the inevitable band breakup that occurs somewhere along the way. Of course, most bands aren't the Indie Rock soapdish of Sunny Day Real Estate, and even though they've created quite the mythological shadow for themselves since debuting their first album in 1994, the word "enigmatic" doesn't begin to describe this Pacific Northwest quartet. Fortunately for SDRE, their complex, emotive, liltingly beautiful-this-moment/hyper-bombastic-the-next guitar rock more than offsets their Daytime Emmy-worthy history. Singer/guitarist Jeremy Enigk's multi-octave voice floats over, under, and around the band's precise sound, tying up all the loose hooks that seem to drift steadily from the band's intense songs like the sands of an hourglass.