Real Estate set for UK tour
New Jersey trio take one of the best albums of 2011 on the road
Let England Shake may have topped most of the critics’ lists, but for many it was word-of-mouth, you have to hear this, slow-burner Days by Real Estate that became their hands down musical highlight of 2011. This much-lauded record was an Ariel Pink does 70s and 80s soft rock and suburbs-inspired dreamy riffs-filled listen, proving the trio’s ability to pen compelling, creep into your consciousness melodies.
Vocalist/guitarist Martin Courtney is as laidback as you might expect from his band’s serene sonic output, when we catch him between shows down a crackly line from his native New Jersey. Live, he assures us, however, it’s a different story. ‘We’re more energetic,’ he drawls. Really? ‘Yeah, we really surprise people because they come to our shows expecting us to be mellow but actually when we start playing it’s fast and urgent.’
When it comes to writing, too, Real Estate don’t hang about. Instead of sitting back and soaking up the acclaim for their second effort, Courtney, Matt Mondanile and Alex Bleeker have plans to get back into the studio this year. ‘We’ve just made a new track for Record Store Day which we’ll add to between tours, and we’ll put it all out as part of a six-track EP by Fall.’
‘Weezer’s Pinkerton and The Pixies were our foundation,’ he explains, ‘It was those bands we connected over when we were first becoming friends,’ – the three-piece have been tight since high school and Courtney describes their relationship as brotherly, with all of the rough and smooth that such closeness can bring. ‘But when we were thinking about what we wanted Real Estate to sound like ultimately we had this idea of Fleetwood Mac, Prefab Sprout and Steely Dan and the lo-fi sound and DIY home recording of Woods and Kurt Vile. With Days I feel like we finally achieved that,’ he adds, ‘so it will be interesting to see where we can take it next.’
The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 18 Feb 2012