41. Sunny Day Real Estate
Years active: 1992 - 1995, 1997 - 2001, 2009 - present
Influenced: Emo rock.
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Jam: "In Circles." The absolute apotheosis of the slow-fast-think-about-your-problems-then-yell-about-them movement."
If you've been sad and wanted to listen to a very direct song about sadness, you should drop whatever you're doing and tweet a thank-you to Jeremy Enigk and Hoerner, because they're the OG's of all that shit. With their depressed-dude opus Diary, they managed to sulk their way into the annals of music history, taking post-hardcore and using it for a jumping off point to be as upset as humanly possible. A gazillion really crappy emo bands might have spawned in their wake, but that's just a testament to how hard it is to pull off the stuff that Sunny Day Real Estate were doing effortlessly. It's not every day bands manage to hijack the narrative of punk rock, but then again it's not every day that a Sunny Day Real Estate come along. "In Circles" over everything.