Sunny Day Real Estate release new track
2014-04-20 by William Lim | 24 Comments

It's been just about twenty years since Sunny Day Real Estate released Diary. It's been fourteen years since the band released their final album, The Rising Tide. It's been five years since they announced their reformation, and one year since bassist Nate Mendel confirmed their third breakup by stating that the recording sessions for their hotly anticipated new album "just fell apart".

I think, all things considered, it's safe to say that the Seattle emo second-wavers are just about done. Three breakups, a fourteen year gap between now and their last album, and the inability to finish recording a new album is just about enough. Having said that, I find myself actually wishing that the band would have released that proposed new album because their Record Store Day split offering 'Lipton Witch'--backed by Circa Survive's 'Bad Heart'--plays as a solid, establishing lead single for an album that will likely never ever come.

It sounds the way it's supposed to; four lauded musicians with a history, playing together again after over a decade apart and sounding quite different as a result. Taking the drifting alternative rock sound of the band's last album The Rising Tide, melding it with a commanding post-hardcore approach surprisingly akin to Sparta and led by a vigorous vocal performance from Jeremy Enigk, 'Lipton Witch' has the intent and skilled musicianship of a great band returning and yet heralds no such thing. Whether or not Sunny Day Real Estate is really completely done, 'Lipton Witch' exists as either a firm, victorious end for the legendary band or the beginning of a new age. The former's admittedly pretty nice, but here's hoping for the latter.



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silentstar
April 20th 2014

2231 Comments


sounds decent - the chorus riff is sweet but his vocals are a turn-off (much prefer the dreamy vibe the vocalist had on Diary)

interesting that they chose to release it along with Circa Survive rather than an emo band

PunchforPunch
April 20th 2014

5901 Comments


blows

trackbytrackreviews
April 20th 2014

721 Comments


"'Lipton Witch' exists as either a firm, victorious end for the legendary band or the beginning of a new age"

No, this is pretty boring for SDRE

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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2014

23798 Comments


great song

fukn GREAT song. loving it.

ti0n
April 20th 2014

1377 Comments


too much fucking text in this news

JohnDillinger
April 20th 2014

43 Comments


Song sounds amazing!!!

StallionMang
April 20th 2014

5239 Comments


Meh

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CrownOfMagnets
April 20th 2014

2232 Comments


the guy who wrote this article is such a fanboy

minty901
April 20th 2014

1963 Comments


news articles should be fairly void of subjectivity imo. just seems unprofessional. yeah song is lame. sounds like their best foo fighters impression. then again i wasnt a huge fan of them anyway, bar a couple of great emo tracks.

mryrtmrnfoxxxy
April 20th 2014

11960 Comments


cool song legendary band

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dimsim3478
April 20th 2014

4738 Comments


news articles should be fairly void of subjectivity imo. just seems unprofessional.

As much as I agree with this 100%, I don't care. Sputnik news articles have always been unprofessional; two sentences and then a link is not a news article, nor is the current most viewed news article (see top right hand corner).

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to combine a review and a news article.

the guy who wrote this article is such a fanboy

Just giving 'em a little credit; they're an acclaimed band with an important place in contemporary music history, and this might just be their last song.

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Nikkolae
April 20th 2014

4769 Comments


took advantage of the space and did a soundoff for one song, usualy wouldnt like it but its nicely written so i dont really mind reading it, song kicks ass.

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SimpleM
April 20th 2014

28 Comments


I love it, vinyl was sold out before i could get my hands on it

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 20th 2014

49801 Comments


I don't really like this

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paradox1216
April 20th 2014

431 Comments


pretty good song, got it on record store day

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mxbrady
April 20th 2014

928 Comments


Not feelin it at all

MonotoneMop
April 20th 2014

148 Comments


I live an hour north of Seattle and the two local record stores both didn't order this because the
interest level was too low.

Also Bad Heart is Bad.

Mabbitt
April 20th 2014

1327 Comments


Song is decent, not feeling the article

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
April 20th 2014

30882 Comments


news articles should be fairly void of subjectivity imo. just seems unprofessional.


There's nothing wrong with throwing in a little bit of personal opinion when it's for something as impersonal as a band releasing new material, as long as it doesn't sway majorly one way or the other. It's not like an article that might elucidate negatively on a musician that's passed away. This site's based on its community - spicing things up with the news is hardly a negative by-product of that. We're beyond 90s music journalism

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Deadwing42
April 20th 2014

136 Comments


song rules.

botb
April 21st 2014

9560 Comments


band/song rules, hope they'll do something else in the future.

Deadwing42
April 21st 2014

136 Comments


I discovered them like a week after they came through my town back in 09. Pretty cruel

Satellite
April 21st 2014

20685 Comments


is the frontman still keen on all the jesus bullshit?

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Skoj
April 21st 2014

1089 Comments


god damn this is awesome



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