Sunny Day Real Estate meeting begins at the Big Dipper

It’s no surprise that Spokane’s Dan Hoerner worships Substitutions. Growing up on the North Side in the ’80s, the Mats meant everything to the Sunny Day Real Estate guitarist.

“There’s no doubt the substitutions had a huge impact on me,” Hoerner said by phone from Seattle. “Every guitar line I write and (the late Replacements guitarist) Bobby Stinson is there with me. I try to be as poetic as (singer-songwriter) Paul Westerberg when I write lyrics I also noticed how the replacements always messed up.

There is no group that has blown as many chances to grab the brass ring as the gifted but enigmatic replacements. The Minneapolis Legends are the only band to have been banned from “Saturday Night Live” for life. The Mats were fired as touring support by Tom Petty.

Sunny Day Real Estate isn’t on the self-sabotage level of the Replacements, but the alt-rock band deserves an honorable mention when it comes to self-immolation.

“We were the kind of group that, as we reached the finish line and the rope was stretched across our chests, we couldn’t help but kneecap ourselves at the last minute,” Hoerner said. “We were always shooting ourselves in the foot.”

Sunny Day Real Estate was formed by Hoerner after moving from Spokane to Seattle in 1989.

“I wanted to put together the greatest rock and roll band of all time and I knew I couldn’t do it in Spokane,” Hoerner, 53, said. “A lot of my favorite bands, like Mudhoney, were in Seattle, so I moved across the state.

Sunny Day Real Estate emerged from obscurity in 1992 with the release of “Diary”. The critically acclaimed debut album included the catchy but complex single “Seven” and the anthem “In Circles”.

Right after MTV featured the band on their alternative rock show “120 Minutes” and the band performed “Seven” on the “Jon Stewart Show”, Sunny Day called it a day.

“By the time we played Jon Stewart, we knew it was over,” Hoerner said. “We had already broken up.”

Singer-guitarist Jeremy Enigk has found God. “It didn’t go over well with everyone in the band,” Hoerner said. ” I did not care. I loved U2 and Bono is a Catholic at heart. I was okay with anything as long as Jeremy was passionate about what he was writing.

The band’s rhythm section, bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith, joined the Foo Fighters at Dave Grohl’s request shortly after Sunny Day broke up in 1994.

“It was a shame because Jeremy was prenaturally beautiful and he has a wonderful voice,” Hoerner said. “We had some nice guys in the band and we could have done well on MTV, but we created our own obstacles.”

Sunny Day Real Estate released “LP2” the following year. The album was well received by fans and critics but Sunny Day members were working on other projects.

The band reunited for “How It Feels to be Something On” in 1998. The serious, passionate and adventurous tracks earned strong reviews and won over fans. “The Rising Tide” from the 2000s is an atmospheric collection of captivating and baroque tracks. The fanbase grew, but the group was not rewarded financially.

“It was the dawn of Napster and free downloads,” Hoerner said. “I remember seeing a report that Sunny Day was number one for a week. We were even ahead of Metallica when it came to downloads. I couldn’t believe how many people got our album for free. We We were grateful for our music to get out into the world. But we just didn’t get paid for our music. We sabotaged ourselves a couple of times, but we weren’t lucky either.

Sunny Day Real Estate reunited in 2009 for a tour and in 2014 with the release of single “The Lipton Witch”. The band, Enigk, Hoerner and Goldsmith, have reformed once again for a tour, which is off to a good start at the Big Dipper, the Spokane bar and concert hall that Hoerner owns with his wife, Dawson.

“She is the light of my life,” Hoerner said. “My family is very important to me.”

The Hoerners moved to Spokane from New Zealand in 2006 to raise their three children in Spokane. “We love eastern Washington,” Hoerner said. “It’s a great place to live and raise a family.

It was also important for the Mead High School graduate, class of 1987, to reconnect with his community by opening the Big Dipper in 2013. history of our city,” Hoerner said. “I didn’t want to see it turned into a parking lot. Our building is 114 years old. You can have a guy like Billy Strings perform at the Dipper in front of 50 people one night and watch him win a Grammy the next night. The next night, a kid from Spokane who has never played a live gig could be on that stage taking the first steps of a dream. You never know who will be on our stage and who knows what they will do?

When Sunny Day Real Estate performs at the sold-out Dipper, fans could catch a premiere for the band. “We worked on this beautiful cover of ‘Unsatisfied’ from Replacements,” Hoerner said. “This song totally sums up the Sunny Day experience. Never in the history of Sunny Day Real Estate have we covered a song live. But we’re going to play ‘Unsatisfied’ at some point on this tour. We’ll see if we can. are doing in Spokane.

The band will do it without Mendel, who is busy with the Foo Fighters, who are preparing to give a tribute concert to their late drummer Taylor Hawkins on September 27 in Los Angeles after last weekend’s star-studded event at London’s Wembely Stadium . .

“Everything is fine between us and Nate,” Hoerner said. “It would be uncomfortable to ask him to play with us considering the situation the Foo Fighters find themselves in after such a tragic loss. But we’re all moving on and enjoying playing with each other as much as we ever have.

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