Those who say Weezer’s 1996 record “Pinkerton” laid the groundwork for what emo was to become don’t give enough credit to Sunny Day Real Estate’s 1994 Sub Pop debut, “Diary”—the most perfectly titled record of the genre—which truly set in motion the spinning wheel of eyeliner and tear-soaked sleeves. What’s easily forgettable now is that back in the mid-nineties, “emo” wasn’t quite the derogatory term yet, and “Diary,” being the classic record that it is, still holds up as an accomplished rock record, with deep and meaty distorted guitars ravaging their way through a tornado led by Jeremy Enigk’s youthful, genuine vocals. (Both the debut and the band’s “LP2” have been re-released with bonus tracks.) The band tours now with its original lineup—Sunny Day first broke up in the middle of recording its second record—which will help remind everyone that this band essentially started a genre on an impossibly high note. That it’s been all downhill from there is hardly Sunny Day Real Estate’s fault. (Tom Lynch)
Sunny Day Real Estate plays September 24 at Metro, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, at 8pm. $27.