It may not be a new album, but Seattle emo vets Sunny Day Real Estate are set to release their first song in over 10 years this Record Store Day (April 19) on a split single with Circa Survive.
The 7-inch will feature a track from each act, with Sunny Day Real Estate's "Lipton Witch" marking the first new material from the group since their 2000 LP The Rising Tide. It had been reported back in 2010 that the act had been working on a fifth full-length release, after having reunited in 2009 for a string of dates, but the project was never completed. Last year, bassist Nate Mendel had explained that sessions "just fell apart."
A press release has Circa Survive guitarist Brendan Ekstrom explaining that he had tracked down Sunny Day singer Jeremy Enigk, having heard that the band had completed "at least one song," and asked if the group had any plans to issue the number. In turn, Ekstrom suggested teaming up for a split, with his own band contributing a cut called "Bad Heart."
"I knew they were on a hiatus and I hated the idea of that song never being released," Ekstrom said. "Jeremy spoke with the other guys who all seemed interested to do the split I had I proposed. We had a B-side we'd been sitting on that had a mellower vibe which seemed to balance their more rocking song in a way that another upbeat jam might not have."
Though samples from either song have yet to be streamed, you can see the single's artwork up above. The cover was prepped by Chris Thompson, who had previously contributed artwork to Sunny Day Real Estate's 1993 debut Diary and 1998's How It Feels to Be Something On.
The split single arrives in a pressing of 2,500, with 100 on clear wax and the rest on burgundy vinyl.