Snap Judgment: Division Day's Sunny Day Real Estate Cover
As far as emo kids go, I was a pretty lame one back in high school. I mean, I liked Weezer (and *cringe* Dashboard Confessional) as much as the next dude, but guyliner? Hot Topic? Sorry, pass. Still, that doesn’t stop me from appreciating the classics, and Sunny Day Real Estate’s 1998 masterpiece How It Feels To Be Something On is definitely one of those. Gifted with proggy musical chops and enough melodrama to make Days of Our Lives blush, SDRE was at its wailing, uninhibited best on How It Feels and songs such as “Every Shining Time You Arrive.” So it’s interesting to hear a quieter take on the song from L.A.-based four-piece Division Day (pictured).
The band has contemporaries in ’80s influenced acts like Interpol and the Killers but its postpunk jams are less about big hooks and more about hypnotic immersion and dark lyrics. Singer Rohner Segnitz’s dry, whispery vocals on this cover are a far cry from SDRE frontman Jeremy Enigk’s scenery-chewing anguish, and the band’s slow and steady performance turns the track into an atmospheric dirge. It’s almost moody enough to sound like Joy Division, who, genre semantics aside, were probably the most emo band ever. Sounds great to me. But what do you think, P-Dubs? Listen to D-Day’s cover here, and let us know in the comments if it’s emo enough for you.