The influential “emo” band will be putting out “Lipton Witch” as a split 7” with Circa Survive b-side “Bad Heart,” making this their first new material since 2000.
Brendan Ekstrom of Circa Survive came up with the idea for the split after seeing Sunny Day Real Estate live in 2009. “I knew they’d written and recorded at least one song during that time,” Ekstrom told Pitchfork Magazine. “I got Jeremy Enigk’s info from a mutual friend and emailed him asking if they had anything planned with the track. I knew they were on a hiatus and I hated the idea of that song never being released. Jeremy spoke with the other guys who all seemed interested to do the split I had I proposed.”
Sunny Day Real Estate, made up of singer Jeremy Enigk, guitarist Dan Hoerner, bassist Nate Mendel, and drummer William Goldsmith, formed in 1992 and released their debut album, ‘Diary,’ in 1994. The band’s second album, dubbed ‘LP 2,’ was released by Sub Pop Records in 1995, while the band had broken up. During the break-up, the band sought out other projects, namely Enigk’s first solo album, ‘Return of the Frog Queen,’ in 1996, and Mendel and Goldsmith joining the Foo Fighters. In 1997, Sunny Day Real Estate reunited without Mendel (who stayed with the Foo Fighters) to record their third album, ‘How It Feels to Be Something On.’ The band released their fourth album, ‘The Rising Tide,’ in 2000, but broke up shortly after funding was pulled for their first European tour. Sunny Day Real Estate reunited in 2009 for a tour, only to quietly break-up once again.
The split will be very limited, with only 2400 burgundy and 100 clear vinyl being produced.
“I couldn’t be more happy that this is happening,” said Ekstrom to Pitchfork. “I honestly think this [is] one of the best songs Sunny Day has ever written and I’m really happy that fans are going to get to hear it.”