The original Sunny Day Real Estate had a notoriously short life-span. Ironic that a band that barely put out two full lenths, Diary and LP2, and never played a show in the state of California would influence a genre so much.
The band's singer, Jeremy Enigk, became a born again christian slightly before their second album was released and wanted to sing about his new religion. Some members of the band where opposed to this and the band shortly broke up before their album was actually released. They would later reform in 1998 but made the change to alternative rock.