Jeremy Enigk is a man of conviction. You might guess as
much if you knew that at the tender age of 20 he had already laid to rest his
first band, after recording two albums for Sub Pop; or if you had read his
intimate email posting to the Sub Pop discussion group, which detailed his
conversion to Christianity and its subsequent effect on the band; or if you had
heard Return of the Frog Queen, his first solo album (released two days
ago) featuring music for a 21-piece orchestra that Enigk arranged in
conjunction with Mark Nichols.
But you might never grasp the grand scale on
which Enigk operates by simply talking on the telephone, as we did recently.
His voice and demeanor are laid back, yet thoughtful. Like many 21- year-olds,
he punctuates sentences with words like "totally," and "right on." If you start
talking about music, though, you'll get more of the flavor of Jeremy Enigk and
his work. "The whole theme I tried to give over [Return of the Frog
Queen] is kind of a majestic theme," he says. In that Enigk has certainly
succeeded. Frog Queen is lush without being pretentious. It's filled
with fairy tale imagery, and noble in its sincerity.
Though Jeremy began
playing in his first band at age 13, most people trace the beginning of his
musical career to his stint as singer and guitarist for the emo-core band Sunny
Day Real Estate. During its three year life, SDRE released two albums, 1994's
Diary and a self-titled record in '95. When they broke up, bass player
Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith went on to pull rhythm duty in Foo
Fighters. Meanwhile, Sunny Day continued to build a huge...
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