Neil Rubenstein is returning for his first Contributor Blog in ages, and is responding to POZ’s March Sadness Scouting Report that we just recently posted. Neil discusses the important of Sunny Day Real Estate and how it affected emo on a while. Check out what he had to say below!
The word used was “important.” Last week Bradley Ankrom tweeted that in his opinion, Walter Schreifels’ greatest achievement was Rival Schools. My issue here is, although I LOVE Rival Schools, and owe them an extremely great debt of gratitude for turning my life around in more ways than many of you could imagine, Quicksand was the greatest achievement.
Quicksand’s Slip is one of the MOST influential albums of the past 20 years. And next year it will be of the past 21 years. And so forth. Their influence stretches so much further then any of us even grasp. The bands they influenced, in turn influenced others, for better or worse. Influence determines importance. Important records are an inarguable achievement. There are rarely more than 20 or so a decade. Rival Schools did not change anything, outside of individual lives, myself included. Quicksand changed EVERYTHING.
Zack said SDRE Diary is “as important as Clarity,” Jimmy Eat World’s Clarity. The importance of Zedd’s Clarity is yet to be determined. But that dude is gonna do some things. JEW’s Clarity came out in the midst of a flurry of similarly sounding albums, on the tail end, if I’m being frank, of a ‘scene.’ Before that record came out, several albums made similar waves in the industry. You could even point to Pinkerton as the record that broke new ground FOR Jimmy Eat World.