An indie dream. Sitting on a couch and chairs in a Paris loft, three members of New Jersey indie band Real Estate played a semi-acoustic show, including an impromptu Weezer cover and an unreleased song, and it was all filmed for our pleasure by La Blogothèque.
After a short intro set in an alleyway playing "Crime," a track from their March 2014 album, Atlas, the band move to the loft, playing three other songs from Atlas (which you can hear at Zumic) to start things off. Their simple, personal style is perfect for the humble setting, and it makes sense after hearing them talk about their origins. "This is what we used to do together on Saturday afternoons," says bassist Alex Bleeker as they get ready to play a Weezer cover at the audience's request, "get together in basement and do this."
And while the band would probably call the cover of "Say It Ain't So" the lowlight of the concert -- "Don't put that on the internet," Bleeker jokes afterwards -- it's charming for its roughness. Sure, there are forgotten words and riffs, but it's not about showing off. It's more of a feeling like the band are back in Mondanile's basement working it out, and they're just letting us be there with them to see it happen.
Though they're anything but cocky, the band certainly know how to impress. The musical highlight of the performance is "Primitive," showing off lead singer Martin Courtney's honest voice à la Ben Gibbard and some of Mondanile's catchy guitar licks, which evolve into an inspired solo to end the song. "White Light," an unreleased song, is another winner for Mondanile's clever playing.
But the band's greatest appeal is their intimacy, and the video captures this brilliantly. If you want to watch a live performance and feel like you're actually there, watch this.
For Real Estate's latest music, news, and tour dates, check out their Zumic artist page.
Real Estate on La Blogothèque 6.16.2014 Setlist:
"Say It Ain't So" (Weezer cover)
Source: La Blogothèque YouTube Channel