Last Night: Sunny Day Real Estate at the Ogden Theatre
Sunny Day Real Estate, The Jealous Sound
Monday, September 21, 2009
Ogden Theater, Denver
Better Than: Most of the descendents of this style of music have been.
|The Jealous Sound (Doug Beam)|
After a slight delay once the house music shut down, Sunny Day took the stage and opened with "Friday." Most of the set came from Diary and LP2. Jeremy Enigk sang with a palpable conviction that distorted his face and contorted his body. Each of the players dug into his respective instrument heavily with the intense dynamics of the songs, perfectly expressing the rush of feeling contained within each.
The hanging chords and unconventional atmospheres of "Red Elephant" served as a striking reminder that Sunny Day always had a richer and more varied sound than most of the bands directly or indirectly inspired by its music. The especially inspired rendition of "Grendel," with its slashingly forceful guitar interplay came as a pleasant surprise. So much so that Dan Hoerner said, "We never used to play it before, but I love playing 'Grendel.'" Such renewed enthusiasm for the music informed the entire show. It looked like the band was having fun playing its old songs.
Personal Bias: I was glad when a band as cool as SDRE came out of grunge-era Seattle.
Random Detail: Ran into comic artist John Bueno at the show.
By the Way: I was always a lukewarm fan of this band but now I know why people were so enthusiastic about them.
Sunny Day Real Estate
Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO
03. Red Elephant
04. Song About an Angel
+ ENCORE +
01. In Circles
02. Spade and Parade