You know when you have that band that you've always put on every playlist/ CD's you used to burn for your car when you first got a your license? Well Real Estate is a band I've had the pleasure of featuring on numerous of the playlists I used to make for myself and for people at my school (you're welcome guys). When I found out these guys were doing sideshows it kinda made it okay that I wasn't going to Splendour.
This is like the 4th time I've been to The Metro Theatre in the last couple of weeks so I felt like a local when I made my way to the standing area with a coopers tin in hand. The room was very full which made me really happy, you don't realise how many people also listen to the same band as you do until you see a room full of them, also I've never seen so many people with sweet rounded glasses on in the same room either.
Real Estate are the epitome of indie rock music, full of a bunch of quirky dudes from New Jersey, now based in Brooklyn. For the Sydney show they had an extra member join them on the keys which added a very nice element to the live show. The live show was everything I was hoping for, sweet melodies and summery guitars and lovely harmonies, and yes it sounds like I'm describing some sort of baked good but you know it was a very 'tasty' show, HA!
The band played a nice variety of older and new material, ranging from their self titled album from 2009 that I fell in love with, 'Day's, 'Atlas' and their brand new album 'In Mind'. The most recent album from the band just came out this year has a much loved single off it 'Stained Glass' that got everyone dancing and singing along which made the band smile which is always so lovely to see. This track also has an insane interactive video clip where you can colour in the background, the patterns and artists within the clip, it's super cool and very clever.
Very thankful I got to see a band I've been loving for over 7 years, and what a lovely bunch of humans they seem like too. You're welcome back to Australia whenever you want, Real Estate. Keep making those summery tunes that has the ability to transport you to anywhere you'd rather be.
Reviewer: Sarah McEwan