Sunny Day Real Estate

Sunny Day Real Estate Drummer William Goldsmith Implies Dave Grohl Blocked The Release Of A New Album From The Band (Updated)


Update #2 December 04th, 2018 04:12 PM:

Sunny Day Real Estate drummer William Goldsmith has since taken to Facebook to clarify his comments regarding Dave Grohl and an allegedly buried unreleased album from Sunny Day Real Estate. His latest statement reads:

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“For clarification purposes – Dave’s sock drawer was meant to figuratively represent studio 606. To clarify – there are many ingredients that resulted in the abandonment of LP5. Ingredients that I had to put together myself and find out later on.

One of the unfortunate elements being that Jeremy did not receive the moral support as well as engineering that he deserved and I hold myself accountable just as much as everyone else involved for that mistake. The reference to Dave’s sock drawer meant studio 606 which was where it was essentially left.

If I come across as being a little bit outraged it’s simply because I’ve had the unfortunate experience of hard work being disregarded with no communication or explanation as to why. Trust me it would eat at you as well. I doubt many of these issues would become issues at all if there was a bit more communication as opposed to none at all.

Anyone who claims that there is no unfinished Sunny day record collecting dust I would have to agree to disagree. But that’s my opinion about it – I heard it objectively and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I know that Jeremy is gonna be upset with me for speaking out about this again but when I hear those tracks through the ears of people who I respect i.e. Justin Tamminga and my wife Channeary and I see them feeling as devastated as I do over this whole thing it’s hard to stay quiet.

Compound that with it being an important part of me that refused to be realized as what will be left for my children to ponder and you have something equivalent to heart break. So no I was not meaning to claim Dave single handedly prevented the record from being finished. He just owns the place where it was abandoned.

However he wasn’t too thrilled when Nate played with the fire theft so I doubt he thought about making it so Nate had the time to see it through. But it’s misunderstandings like this that arise because people don’t communicate. At least not with me with the exception of Jeremy.

Dave and I should have hashed this shit out through honest human interaction a decade and a half ago. And Nate – the last time I talked to you was when you guys said to be by the phone the next day to have a conference call about finishing LP5. The phone never rang and I haven’t heard from you since then which was 2011 if memory serves.

Granted I went into deep solitude after that but where else are you going to go after constantly being disregarded like an old shirt.”

Update December 04th, 2018 01:15 PM:

Foo Fighters/Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel has briefly commented on Goldsmith‘s original post. Speaking via his representative when contacted by Pitchfork, Mendel replied “There is no truth to this story.”

Original Story:

Apparently an unreleased Sunny Day Real Estate album recorded several years ago has been held up due to complications with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Sunny Day Real Estate drummer William Goldsmith seemingly pointed the finger at his former Foo Fighters bandmate Grohl in a new statement issued via Facebook that can be found below. Along with the vague accusation, he shared some clips of material from the record:

“Recently by way of objective ears I have been reminded of the fact that the greatest Sunny Day Real Estate record ever made remains silenced, abandoned and buried within the murkiest depths of David Grohls sock drawer. It’s both a shocking slap of reality and a swift kick in the balls. Gets harder to handle each time. Somehow someday – something has to be done.

The tragedy of it is literally manifesting into physical pain. It honestly feels like someone has taken a part of me as a human being and locked it in a closet. My wife looked at me this evening and said “I am starting to understand what’s been haunting you for the past 6 years because it’s starting to haunt me as well.” This is not the first time I’ve had my voice taken from me. But now This music hasn’t just been taken away from me anymore – now it’s been taken away from my children. Unforgivable.”

Goldsmith was an early member of the Foo Fighters, having exited the band back in 1997.  Logistically it doesn’t entirely make sense that Goldsmith‘s former involvement in that band would hamper this apparent record however. More likely, the issue—if there in fact is one—could stem from Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel, who remains a member of Foo Fighters.

As Mendel has an active recording contract that Grohl is involved in, it would at least be plausible that Mendel‘s recorded input on the apparent shelved Sunny Day Real Estate album could be blocked by the Foo Fighters camp (or by Grohl‘s Roswell Records label.)

Then again, there are number of other speculative scenarios as to why this situation could have developed given that no official word on the matter has arrived as of yet. So until then, it’s really just a guessing game to those of us outside the situation.