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Jeremy Enigk (Sunnyday Real Estate), + more @ Beachland 12-8

Jeremy Enigk (Sunnyday Real Estate), + more @ Beachland 12-8
December 02, 2006 09:15AM

Friday, December 8th, 2006
Beachland Ballroom
15711 Waterloo Road
Cleveland, OH
$12 advance, $15 day of show
Doors at 8pm, show starts promptly at 9pm

Jeremy Enigk (of Sunny Day Real Estate)
Expecting Rain
Blake Miller (exit stencil)

Better known as the principal singer/songwriter for (the now disbanded) Sunny Day Real Estate, Jeremy Enigk (pronounced ee-nihk) arrives here with his debut solo work, Return of the Frog Queen. This return precipitates a near-audible sigh of relief from Sunny Day fans as they feared the worst after the break-up of the band. The SDRE rhythm section have since gone on to national prominence as Foo Fighters, but the question remained what was up with Jeremy? Jeremy's spiritual re-awakening was the stuff of legend thanks to his self-penned, and subsequently oft-posted, email testimonial. Now, almost 2 years later, Jeremy follows that testimonial with Return of the Frog Queen, and a more auspicious affirmation of musical intent one could not hope to ask for.

Expecting Rain is a band who play folk songs. Most of them live in and around Cleveland, Ohio. They play shows and make albums. The best way to know about them is to come see them perform or listen to their recordings. You can probably hear their music right now, actually. But this music is from their first, self-titled release on Van Gogh Round. They're putting the finishing touches on their new record - St. Cecilia. St. Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians. A song on the album takes place in a church dedicated to her. Other songs on the album take place on buses and bedrooms, coffee shops and dance clubs. The sound will be very clean, very exact. There will be a lot more instruments this time around, and they all make it nice and pretty. When they finish, they'll let you know. They are making this record for you, after all

At only 19 years old and hailing from the college town of Columbus, Ohio, Blake Miller stands to quickly become one of the most renowned singer-songwriters of our day. But to call Blake a singer-songwriter is perhaps a misnomer, because there are far more dynamics going on here than a solitary voice accompanied by a lone guitar. His mastery of melody and arrangement creates songs that range from the haunting to the intimate; but contain an honesty that allows him to stay far enough outside the lyrical styling of the “freak folk” movement to create something truly distinct. The songs contained here on Together with Cats exhibit vocal melodies suggestive of a combination of Grizzly Bear and Devendra Barnhart, coupled with the intimacy and earnestness of early Iron & Wine recordings.
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