I had my tailor mess with the back seam of a pair of jeans to bring down the back rise. They turned out great. The jeans were too big for me and this was a good way of making them a little more wearable.
I'm a big fan of ES. Even though they are in department stores, the quality of the denim, construction, and washes is WAY better than the shit like 7s, Citizens, True Religion, Diesel, etc. And you can usually find them cheap online. I just got some Filsons for $55 on STP.