“We had just started playing guitar when we wrote Diary. The alchemy came from us learning to play together”: How Sunny Day Real Estate broke rhythm and lead guitar rules to make their influential emo opus – and what’s next for their reunion

Dan Hoerner and Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate, perform at the In Between Days Festival at the Veterans Memorial Stadium.
(Image credit: Vincent Alban/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Though they're often lumped in with the deluge of Seattle-based bands from the mid-'90s, a certain je ne sais quoi set Sunny Day Real Estate apart.

Maybe it was the unknowingly complex compositions from their 1994 debut, Diary, and its 1995 follow-up, Sunny Day Real Estate (aka Pink). Or perhaps it was how later albums like 1998's How It Feels to Be Something On and 2000's The Rising Tide pushed alt-rock boundaries.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.