Enigk’s biggest claim to fame is his involvement with indie rock band Sunny Day Real Estate (a.k.a. SDRE), who released albums from 1993 to 2000. He was their singer, songwriter, and one of their guitarists. During that band’s first break-up (spanning 1995-97), Enigk released the 1996 solo album, Return of the Frog Queen. Enigk’s religious convictions (he became a devout Christian in the mid-1990s) were the catalyst for SDRE’s breakup(s). He has more recently fronted the band The Fire Theft, whose lineup and sound are very similar to those of SDRE.
Enigk was part of what would eventually become Poor Old Lu, sharing vocalist duties with Scott Hunter. Enigk rejoined the band for a single track in 1996, singing alongside Scott on the band’s Straight Six EP, on the track, “Digging Deep.”
Enigk sang on the song “Luchuck” on the 1998 album Can’t Cure The Nailbiters by Bare Minimum. He was featured on mewithoutYou’s 2006 release, Brother, Sister, performing vocals on “O, Porcupine” and “The Dryness And The Rain.” Enigk has also done vocal work on the CD Does Anyone Else Miss The Cold War by the Seattle band, Sea.Mine. He scored the soundtrack for the 2003 film The United States of Leland. In 2006, he followed Frog Queen with another solo album, World Waits on his own label, Lewis Hollow Records. A song from that album, “Been Here Before,” is included as an MP3 with the current version of Winamp.
He was scheduled to be supporting Brand New on their tour of the U.K. in early 2007, but had to pull out due to illness.
Though SDRE’s sound was closer…
NOTES: Released 7/96 on LP, CD
- No tour dates scheduled at this time.