Sunny Day Real Estate – “The Rising Tide” Double LP
The fourth album from this highly revered Seattle based indie-rock/emo band of the 1990s. Released in 2001, after reforming as a three piece, The Rising Tide always felt like an under-appreciated album, and unlike the Sub Pop albums of the 90s, it seemed to slip under the radar (due in part due to a lack of promotion by the near-bankrupt label, Time Bomb Recordings). Really, it should be recognised as a prog-influenced, post-hardcore, indie-rock classic. It’s certainly a whole load better than the preceeding album of 1998 (How It Feels To Be Something On). This is partly down to the improved song writing skills of eccentric singer, Jeremy Enigk. And also the studio talents of Lou Giordano, one of America’s greatest producers, and the man responsible for making the Boston hardcore bands of the 80s sound so damn good. The absence on this recording of bassist, Foo Fighters member, and religious nutter, Nate Mendel, probably helped, too.