Marco Collins, a DJ for the Seattle independent radio station KEXP, tweeted last week, "Great news yesterday. Just got an email from [bassist] Nate [Mendel] from Sunny Day Real Estate/Foo Fighters... SDRE is recording A NEW RECORD IN MAY!!" Sunny Day Real Estate haven't released an album since 2000's superb The Rising Tide, but this will also be the first SDRE record to include original bassist Mendel in 15 years. (By all accounts, Mendel remains a member of Foo Fighters, who are planning on recording their next album this year as well.)
Guitarist Dan Hoerner spoke with FasterLouder last month to talk about the new album, and he sounded pretty excited. "We've been working real hard the last couple of months just writing a record, and that's just been really fun," he said. "We want it to be good, we don't have expectations about doing anything in particular or sound like anything, we just want to make a record that appeals to us. That being said, we've always tried to do the best we can do when it comes to making a record and this time's not any different."
What's most intriguing is the question of exactly what this new SDRE album will sound like. Breaking up and reuniting over a series of years, the band tinkered with their aesthetic as they went along, morphing from the raw, angst-fueled urgency of their 1994 debut, Diary, into the more polished and majestic rock of The Rising Tide. But that last album is 10 years old now -- it'll be interesting to hear where they're at now creatively.
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