Real Estate have been touring in support of their great 2017 record In Mind, and they played to a packed crowd at Jersey City's White Eagle Hall on Thursday (6/14). This was a homecoming show for the band, as the group formed just a few towns away in Ridgewood, and their debut EP was recorded in Jersey City. (The band members' parents were also in attendance Thursday night). Acknowledging this, vocalist/guitarist Martin Courtney joked, "Maxwell's looks different!"
The band's setlist was a nice balance between the group's four albums, including "Stained Glass" and "Serve the Song" off their newest record, and older favorites like "It's Real" and "Green Aisles." The band included some new songs in the mix as well, such as the jammy "Friday," which Martin Courtney says was "still being tried out," or the mellower "Half A Human." The band's performances deviated slightly from the studio versions, with each band members inserting their own special flourishes, especially bassist Alex Bleeker, who would sometimes go on funky bass runs during instrumental passages.
Throughout the show, the audience remained heavily enthusiastic, with some rabid fans near the front of the crowd erupting in deafening screams between songs. The band, meanwhile, engaged the crowd in some light banter: keyboardist Matt Kallman greeted the audience and forgot what day it was, before members of the crowd corrected him. Says Matt, "when you're a band on tour, you never really know what day it is."
The band was supposed to close their main set with "Darling," but they took a request by performing "Beach Comber," a track many fans were screaming for throughout the night. The show ended with a two-song encore, consisting of Atlas highlight "Crime," and "Suburban Beverage" from their self-titled LP, complete with a massive crescendo.
Opening for the band was Brooklyn five-piece Habibi, whose summery, 60's girl group-inspired style served as a great introduction to Real Estate's set. Real Estate wrap up their spring tour with a show in Providence, RI tonight, and they'll be playing several festivals this summer, including Hopscotch in September. You can view fan-shot pictures, and Real Estate's setlist, below.
Setlist - Real Estate @ White Eagle Hall 6/15/18
Had to Hear
Serve the Song
Younger Than Yesterday
Half A Human