Second Coming

After a series of twists and turns worthy of a daytime soap, Sunny Day Real Estate returns -- this time for good

"This is it," he says. "We really want to do this thing now, and we're doing it like we've never really done before. Back in the day, we were just young, and I didn't really know if it was truly what I wanted. But now that I'm coming at it with a little more experience and knowing what the baggage is, it was a conscious decision [to re-form the band]. It was something that if I said yes, it had to be permanent, because I didn't want it to be based on that volatility and I didn't want to hurt the guys again."

Thinking of Beethoven again, Enigk continues, getting a little more worked up. "We believe in it and we're confident in each other's abilities. The desire is there in all of us, the fire is there, the desire to do this thing for real and to have our names written in the book of life." He stops, checking himself, and laughs. "Or time, rather, not life. I think that's the heaven book or some weird thing."

Sunny Day Real Estate is scheduled to perform on Sunday, July 23, at Boston's in Tempe. Showtime is 8 p.m.

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