Published Jun 23, 2009If you just heard the sound of a thousand thick-rimmed glasses hitting the floor, that's because Seattle emo-rock legends Sunny Day Real Estate have announced that they are reuniting - again - for a tour with all four original members.
Idolator reports the band are getting back together to play their first gigs in nine years. (And that, my friends, is the sound of a thousand Dashboard Confessional fans seeing the light.)
A quick SDRE primer for those who don't realize this is the best poppy emo band in the history of forever: the guys formed in '92, released the mighty Diary in '94 and its quirky untitled follow-up in '95. They broke up while recording that album.
Cut to '97: band get back together minus bassist Nate Mendel, who at that point was playing in the Foo Fighters with Sunny Day drummer William Goldsmith. Sunny Day released How It Feels to Be Something On in '98 and The Rising Tide in 2000, then broke up again. All their albums rule, are worthy of spending much time with and are potentially life-changing.
So far, only two dates have been confirmed: October 13 at the Fillmore in San Francisco and October 16 in Seattle, at the Paramount. But the band's Ticketmaster page also shows an October 3 gig in Atlanta, at the Centre Stage Theatre.
No word yet on if the band plans on writing new material - or if more tour dates are coming up - but in a world where the word "emo" has lost all meaning, let's hope so. Now, if we can just get Texas Is the Reason, Mineral and Ethel Meserve together for the ultimate '90s tour.
UPDATE: Sub Pop has confirmed that Sunny Day Real Estate are indeed reuniting. Here is the official press release:
"Following a more than 10 year hiatus, all four original members of pioneering Seattle rock band Sunny Day Real Estate will regroup for a 20-date U.S. tour starting Sept. 17, 2009. In addition, Sub Pop Records will re-issue both Diary and the band's second full-length album, commonly known as LP2 (or "The Pink Album" for its entirely pink cover). Both re-mastered albums will include rare bonus tracks as well as newly written liner notes and will be released on both CD and LP Sept. 15, 2009, just prior to the start of the tour."
And here are all the tour dates:
9/7 Vancouver, BC -Commodore Ballroom
9/18 Portland, OR -Crystal Ballroom (Musicfest NW)
9/20 Salt Lake City, UT - Murray Theater
9/21 Denver, CO - Ogden Theater
9/23 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
9/24 Chicago, IL - Metro
9/25 Detroit, MI - St Andrews Hall
9/27 New York, NY Terminal 5
9/28 Boston, MA - House of Blues
9/30 Washington, DC - 930 Club
10/1 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
10/3 Atlanta, GA - CW Center Stage
10/5 Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
10/6 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
10/7 Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa
10/9 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
10/10 Anaheim, FL - House of Blues
10/11 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theater
10/15 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
10/16 Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre