Sunny Day Real Estate were the perfect Sub Pop Records band; they had all kinds of crazy in their corner. Seattle's murky emo predecessors (infamously of the unfortunate early named Chewbacca Kaboom) released a trickle of EPs in the early Northwest grunge scene before signing with the famous label and releasing the astounding Diary in 1994; for it, they granted only one interview, released one fuzzy promo photo, and inexplicably refused to set foot in the state of California. The lineup deteriorated during recording for their sophomore album, as bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith defected to the Foo Fighters, and singer Jeremy Enigk found Jesus, but they briefly reformed (minus Mendel) in 1997 for a new tour and disc. Which was neat-o, but now the glorious gang's entirely reunited, and their mathy keening sounds ever in vogue; it's good to know that some brief candles can reignite. With the Jealous Sound.
Sun., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2009