Sunny Day Real Estate Unleash ‘Lipton Witch,’ Band’s First New Song in 14 Years
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Record Store Day is a great occasion to salute the record store experience and pick up some great vinyl offerings, but there are times when we get something even more awesome. Such was the case over the weekend when a Circa Survive/Sunny Day Real Estate split was offered up to the record buying public, unleashing SDRE’s first new song in 14 years.
Sunny Day Real Estate, who have enjoyed an on-and-off existence since the late ’90s, used their Record Store Day vinyl as the opportunity to release their first new music since 2000’s ‘The Rising Tide’ album. The previously unreleased track, ‘Lipton Witch,’ can be heard above.
The band was responsible for the critically hailed debut disc ‘Diary’ in 1994, but split after 1995’s self-titled released. Frontman Jeremy Enigk began a solo career and bassist Nate Mendel found a new home in Foo Fighters, but an eventual reunion yielded 1998’s ‘How It Feels to Be Something On’ and 2000’s ‘The Rising Tide’ before they disbanded again. Another reunion followed in 2009 and there was talk of some recording sessions, but the group had been inactive in recent years.
As for the new song, Circa Survive’s Brendan Ekstrom explains as follows:
I went to see a few of the Sunny Day Real Estate shows when they toured in 2009 and I knew they’d written and recorded at least one song during that time. I got Jeremy Enigk’s info from a mutual friend and emailed him asking if they had anything planned with the track. I knew they were on a hiatus and I hated the idea of that song never being released. Jeremy spoke with the other guys who all seemed interested to do the split I had I proposed. We had a B-side we’d been sitting on that had a mellower vibe which seemed to balance their more rocking song in a way that another upbeat jam might not have. I couldn’t be more happy that this is happening. I honestly think this one of the best songs Sunny Day has ever written and I’m really happy that fans are going to get to hear it.
As for the other half of that split, Circa Survive offered up ‘Bad Heart.’ The song was recorded after the release of their ‘Violent Waves’ album. The pressing was limited to 2,400 copies on burgundy vinyl, with only 100 copies available on clear vinyl.