And so it continues... All - Breaking Things (1993) Pop punk at it's best. They've had so many different incantations, who could keep up? One thing was sure for me. I immediately put this new sounding album with Chad Price on heavy rotation. Original Me and Cause were anthems for living my unsteady life at the time. They made me feel comfortable and assured in my immature youth.
Samiam - Clumsy (1994). Melodic hardcore would be my feabile attempt to describe their music. When I finally saw them live, my longtime following was affirmed. Their raw sound was just as great live as on CD. The band from Berkeley is still around, but it sounds a bit more polished and studio produced. The antithesis of the very two reasons I actually liked them to begin with.
Texas Is the Reason - Do you know who you are? (1996). I remember when a friend (whom was also on Revelation Records) told me about them. For only playing 3 years before disbanding, their reunion show in 2006 at Irving Plaza in NYC sold out so quickly, they immediately added another date. For us grown up kids, we still keep our fingers crossed in hope of one last tour.
Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary 1994. One of the first shows I ever went to in Houston; which was a big deal because it was on a school night and over an hour away. I actually don't remember the lie I had to tell to be able to sneak away in high school, but by far worth every potential pubishment I was going to get. There were less than 20 people there, so the deafening sound radiated and filled the club which would explain why I couldn't hear for two days after. For a week afterward I basked in the afterglow of the escaped grounding and lyrical saucers I sampled from.
Little did I know that they would grow to have such a substantial following; albeit underground. I knew the moment I heard them that this was breaking some sort of ground. Many credit SDRE with being at the forefront of the then new and upcoming emo genre. That label no longer qualifies as it doesn't carry the same sound and meaning as the mid-90's.
Cliché as it sounds, this music changed, formed and impacted my view of life in a profound way. Looking back I now know I was in the right place at the right time. I'm a huge fan on Jeremy Enigk and continue to listen to his music.