JEREMY ENIGK COMPLETES SECOND SOLO ALBUM

JEREMY ENIGK COMPLETES SECOND SOLO ALBUM

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Tuesday, 17 October 2006
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SET FOR AN OCTOBER 17, 2006 RELEASE DATE Lollapalooza, North American and European Tour Dates Announced

LOS ANGELES, CA – (June 28, 2006) — JEREMY ENIGK, the enigmatic singer and songwriter for emo-core pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft, has completed “World Waits,” his eagerly-awaited second solo album. Enigk, whose solo debut, “Return of the Frog Queen” was released in 1996, will issue “World Waits” October 17 on his own label, Lewis Hollow Records, which will be distributed by Reincarnate Records through SONY BMG.

In support of “World Waits,” Enigk will launch a North American concert tour on July 31 in Denver, CO. The 18-date club tour will also include a special appearance at Lollapalooza’s Jack Stage on August 4, and Seattle’s Bumbershoot Festival on September 3. Enigk will also play several dates – including Belgium’s Pukkepop Festival – in Europe this summer. Opening for many of Enigk’s U.S. Tour dates will be the much buzzed-about Brit, Jim Noir. The confirmed itinerary is below.

“‘World Waits’ takes off where ‘Frog Queen’ left off,” Enigk said. “But then the album evolves into a completely more mature thing as the new music slowly unfolds.”

In 1996, Enigk earned wide praise for the pop orchestration of “Return of the Frog Queen.” While “World Waits” doesn’t mimic its predecessor’s lush feel, the new album nonetheless trades in grand musical and lyrical themes. Enigk expertly gives voice to songs that tackle spirituality and the human condition with vocals that can sound as big as the sky or as small as a whisper.

Enigk assembled the songs on “World Waits” over the course of the past decade. Among the ten cuts are two that were slated for a follow up to “ROTFQ” that was interrupted by Sunny Day Real Estate activity, others that Enigk originally intended for The Fire Theft, and still others written as recently as six months ago.

He calls the ruminative title track his “love song to the world. There are simple solutions to simple problems,” he said. “People are starving – feed ’em. As an American especially, it’s so easy for me to put on blinders and live in TV land. That frustrates me, that laziness to take responsibility.”

On “Cannons,” where pounding rhythms undergrid an airy soundscape, Enigk describes his night-owl creative process. “I’m living in the dark while the rest of the world’s asleep,” he said with a slight laugh. Though some of the tracks were crafted over the span of many years, the gentle “Wayward Love” arrived nearly complete. “I never had any preconceived vision,” he said. “I just laid down guitar tracks, and the next thing I know, I come up with this vocal line and these lyrics, and in a half-hour’s time, it was a song.”

Enigk co-produced “World Waits” with Josh Myers, who has arranged strings for artists ranging from indie songwriter Rosie Thomas to pop singer Mandy Moore. While Enigk primarily handled guitar and vocals on the album, he also contributed bass, drums and keyboards to various songs. Drummer Kaanan Tupper, bassist Nick Macri and guitarist Greg Saran round out the album’s primary players.

Enigk is serving as the creative mind behind Lewis Hollow Records, the label he will run with manager and business partner Steve Smith. He called starting his own label, “the right thing to do.” I can call all the shots now, and that’s a wonderful feeling.”

In the mid-1990’s, Seattle-based Sunny Day Real Estate garnered critical praise and an avid following as one of the founding bands of emo-core. While signed to Sub Pop Records, they released four albums in five years; their final disc, “The Rising Tide,” was issued by the Time Bomb label in 2000. Shortly into their career, SDRE’s rhythm section of William Goldsmith and Nate Mendel also signed on to play with Dave Grohl in Foo Fighters.

In 2003, Enigk re-teamed with Goldsmith and Mendel to form The Fire Theft and recorded a self-titled album. While The Fire Theft project is currently on hold, the trio still considers themselves a band.

Throughout the twists and turns of break-ups, reunions and new bands, Enigk has maintained a devoted fan base that blossomed in the early days of the Internet and has only grown since. “They’re the whole reason why I continue to do it and want to release records,” he said.

 

The track listing for "World Waits" is as follows:

1. A New Beginning
2. Been Here Before
3. River To Sea
4. City Tonight
5. Cannons
6. Damien Dreams
7. Wayward Love
8. Dare A Smile
9. World Waits
10. Burn

With more to be announced, confirmed dates for Jeremy Enigk's 
Summer 2006 tour are as follows:

JULY
31 Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO (w/ Jim Noir)

AUGUST
2 The Bottleneck, Lawrence, KS (w/ Jim Noir)
3 Varsity Theatre/Café Des Art, Minneapolis, MN (w/ Jim Noir)
4 Jack Stage/Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
5 House of Blues/Cambridge Room, Cleveland, OH (w/ Jim Noir)
7 El Mocambo, Toronto, ONT Canada (w/ Jim Noir)
9 Axis, Boston, MA (w/ Jim Noir)
10 Black Cat, Washington, D.C. (w/ Jim Noir)
11 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY (w/ Jim Noir)
12 North Star Bar, Philadelphia, PA (w/ Jim Noir)

EUROPEAN TOUR
17 De Helling, Utrecht, Holland
18 Pukkepop Festival, Hasselt, Belgium
20 Carling Academy Newcastle 2, Newcastle, UK
21 Carling Academy Liverpool 2, Liverpool, UK
22 Islington Academy, London, UK

26 Casbah, San Diego, CA
28 The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA
30 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA

SEPTEMBER
3 Bumbershoot Festival, Seattle, WA
9 Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR


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