Jeremy Enigk

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Jeremy Enigk
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Background information
Born (1974-07-16) July 16, 1974 (age 44)
Origin Seattle, Washington, United States
Genres Emo, alternative rock, indie rock, chamber pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, glockenspiel, bass, drums
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Sunny Day Real Estate, The Fire Theft
Notable instruments
Gibson SG
Epiphone Emperor
Gibson Dove
Gibson Les Paul

Jeremy Enigk (/ˈnɪk/; born July 16, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter, vocalist and guitarist / multi-instrumentalist. He is known for being the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the Seattle-based bands Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft.


Enigk was born in Seattle, Washington, to Gary E. Enigk and Sherry Hammond Enigk. He is most widely known for his involvement with Sunny Day Real Estate where he served as lead singer, co-songwriter and guitarist. During that band's first break-up (spanning 1995-97), Enigk released the 1996 solo album, Return of the Frog Queen. Enigk's conversion to Christianity in the mid-1990s[1] was rumored to have been the catalyst for SDRE's breakup(s). There was an aborted attempt to record a second Sub Pop album, a follow-up to Return of the Frog Queen as Enigk explains, "We started a 2nd solo record and actually recorded one song with Anita Perkins and some of the other string players. That was the first attempt that I ever had at completely writing all the music myself, without Mark Nichols who did 'Return of the Frog Queen' with me. But that was the only song. And then, shortly after that Sunny Day got back together, and all my songs that were meant to be for a solo record were moved to Sunny Day Real Estate. Some of the songs on How It Feels actually."[2]

He has more recently fronted the band The Fire Theft, whose lineup is very similar to that of Sunny Day Real Estate.

Enigk was part of what would eventually become Poor Old Lu, sharing vocalist duties with Scott Hunter.[3] Enigk rejoined the band for a single track in 1996, singing alongside Scott on the band's Straight Six EP, on the track, "Digging Deep."

He appeared on the soundtrack for the 2003 film The United States of Leland. In 2006, he followed Frog Queen with another solo album, World Waits on his own label, Lewis Hollow Records. A song from the album, "Been Here Before," was included as an MP3 with Winamp.

In June 2009, it was confirmed that Sunny Day Real Estate will be reuniting once again with the original line-up. But after some fruitless recording sessions, the band has been inactive for the time being.[4][5]

On February 9, 2015, he announced[6] a US tour focusing mainly on East and West coast venues. It was later revealed in March 2015 that the tour was the first step towards raising the necessary funds for an upcoming new album. On March 28, 2015[7] he announced a crowdfunding campaign via the Pledgemusic website that is expected to also support the release of the upcoming new album.[8]


Sunny Day Real Estate, especially Enigk, are often cited as progenitors of today's emo music.[1]



Appearances as guest vocalist

  • Poor Old Lu – "Answering Machine Message" on Sin (1994)
  • Poor Old Lu – "Digging Deep" on Straight Six EP (1995)
  • Bare Minimum – "Luchuck" on Can't Cure The Nailbiters (1998)
  • Poor Old Lu – "Digging Deep" on In Their Final Performance (1998)
  • Thirty Ought Six – "Tourmaline" on Hag Seed (1995)
  • mewithoutYou – "The Dryness and the Rain" and "O, Porcupine" on Brother, Sister (2006)
  • Sea.Mine – "Me & My William" and "Leave" on Does Anyone Else Miss the Cold War? (2006)
  • The Almost – "Dirty and Left Out" on Southern Weather (2007)
  • Rosie Thomas – "Paper Doll" and "These Friends of Mine" on These Friends of Mine (2007)


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  4. Sunny Day Real Estate to reunite with all original members and tour
  5. Sunny Day Real Estate Reunion in 2009?

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