Seattle punk semi-legends Sunny Day Real Estate have discussed
regrouping in June to record three or four new songs for a compilation album,
but no one in the group has considered getting back together permanently,
according to the band's record label Sub Pop. Rumors regarding such a reunion
have abounded in the past week. Sub Pop spokeswoman Cece Stelljes confirmed
that Greg Williamson, the band's former soundman and the producer/manager of
SDRE guitarist Jeremy Enigk, has spoken with band members about recording again
next month. Williamson is currently compiling an album of Sunny Day alternate
takes and rarities.
Band members have "left the option open for Sunny Day
to get together and record three to four new songs to put on that compilation,"
Stelljes told ATN. "Greg suggested it to them and said, 'You could come in and
record it with me, that'd be cool.' So they've been talking about doing that,
and it sounds like they're going to do that in June. But that's all that
they've talked about, and from that, rumors have grown."
that the band has been unable to contact former bassist Nate Mendel, who is
currently occupied in Europe with Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters. Grohl originally
recruited both Mendel and SDRE drummer William Goldsmith for the touring
version of the Foos. Both musicians appear on that band's upcoming album,
The Colour And The Shape, but Goldsmith left the group in February amid
what a source close to the drummer called "tender circumstances."
the forthcoming compilation album is thus far untitled, Stelljes said the label
is referring to it as Odds & Ends. Slated for September release, the
disc will include such hard to find items as tracks from a single that Sunny
Day recorded for the fan club of the artist Pushead. According to Sub Pop, the
short lived Sunny Day Real Estate has the most loyal following of any act on
the label. Once word leaked out about the new tracks, rumor mills on both the
band's and the label's Internet listserv groups began churning
Sunny Day's two albums, Diary (1994) and Sunny Day
Real Estate (1995), are considered hallmarks of the confessional punk
subgenre known as emo-core. Intentionally or not, the members of SDRE
cultivated an air of mystery about their band by refusing to do interviews and
eschewing any touring in California.
Enigk anticipated the group's break up
with a 1994 posting to the SDRE listserv group, in which he professed his
devotion to Christianity and questioned whether the band would continue if
religion was to be his primary artistic focus. Last year he released his first
solo album, a delicate orchestral work called Return Of The Frog