Jeremy Enigk, Matthew Kerstein, Bob Nanna | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

Jeremy Enigk, Matthew Kerstein, Bob Nanna Recommended Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard Critics' Picks

When: Wed., Dec. 3, 8 p.m. 2008

Sunny Day Real Estate’s 1994 debut, Diary, laid much of the foundation for the emo to come with its soaring octave-chord guitars and distinctive vocals—front man Jeremy Enigk alternated between a high, angelic quaver and a falsetto shriek that’s doubtless caused the throats of his would-be imitators considerable damage over the years. By the early aughts, emo had become much more lucrative, but Enigk had long since moved on: he’d put together a ramshackle pop orchestra for his first solo album, 1996’s Return of the Frog Queen, and Sunny Day’s last album in 2000 partook of some of that sprawl, forgoing the tight, hook-intensive sound of Diary for something more epic and atmospheric. Since then he’s confined his rock efforts to a trio called the Fire Theft, where he’s backed by two fellow SDRE vets; under his own name he’s released a few lush, intimate, and largely acoustic recordings, including last year’s The Missing Link, with the beauty but not the scale of Frog Queen. A born-again Christian since the mid-90s, Enigk makes every song—no matter what it’s about—sound truly worshipful, and even nonbelievers can’t help but be moved. 18+. —Miles Raymer

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