Mendel told Rolling Stone that the band had reunited to take care of “unfinished business”.
The band originally split three years after forming in 1995, allegedly due to some band members taking issue with frontman Jeremy Enigk‘s religious beliefs. They briefly reunited – without Mendel – but split again in 2001.
After the first split Mendel joined Foo Fighters. Former Sunny Day Real Estate member William Goldsmith were also briefly in Dave Grohl‘s band.
“I wasn’t around for the second version of the band that recorded the third and fourth albums,” said Mendel of the band’s latest rebirth. “So I’ve always had a feeling of unfinished business. We left behind all these weird and beautiful songs, and they’ve stuck with me all this time. I’m really happy that we get a chance to play them together again.”
Sunny Day Real Estate are yet to reveal their forthcoming tour dates.