Sunny Day Real Estate
This is one of those moments where I have to choose between two paths. Such justice is deserved by a band so great as Sunny Day Real Estate to either feverishly describe all of the songs off of these two releases, digging into all the lyrics, the inflections with which Enigk sings, Dan Hoerners guitar riffs, or Nate and Wills awesome rhythm section (especially on LP2). It can go way further than that too. The other extreme is to stand in silent awe of their work and let the sounds speak for themselves. I am prone to the latter at this current moment, as I probably would have been when I first heard Diary in 94, and as I definitely was when I first heard LP2. I was also incredibly crushed when they broke up after LP2 and incredibly elated when they reformed. My emotions are very tied to this band, specifically these first two works, and I dont think breaking apart their songs or lyrics would do me or anyone else any good. Jeremey is the only one who knew what he was singing about, and the band wrote a new chapter in the punk/emo/hardcore canons that would change the face of underground music going into the latter part of the decade. Suffice it to say that SDRE is easily one of my most favorite bands, up there with Fugazi, Quicksand, Sonic Youth and the Pixies.
48 and J'Nuh are two of the best rock songs ever written in my opinion.
As a side note, this post and the Jawbreaker post are in commemoration of Zen and the Art of Face Punchings first year aniversary!