Last week, New Jersey indie rockers Real Estate stopped by KEXP's studio in Seattle to perform four songs from Atlas, their great new album. Today, we've got footage of the entire performance, including short interviews between songs. Watch above.
Though the addition of former Girls keyboardist Matt Kallman was obvious on a number of Atlas tracks, his presence is felt much more in this live performance. Especially on the first song, "The Bend," his skilled playing adds another layer to Real Estate's tried-and-true formula of bright, guitar-led indie pop. This video also illuminates how drummer Jackson Pollis is able to play peppy rhythms without overpowering the rest of the band's delicate jamming -- he has t-shirts taped to all of his drum heads. If Real Estate are to be lauded for any aspect of their music, it should almost certainly be the tasteful restraint embedded in their composition and playing, as evidenced in this video by Pollis' setup and Matt Mondanile's minimal guitar flourishes.
Between songs, the band is interviewed by KEXP's Cheryl Waters about touring, recording Atlas and the giant painting of Bob Marley that they brought along. On the difference between recording this album and the last two, frontman Martin Courtney said, "It was a little bit different... It was us in a room together, as a band, working the songs out... Whereas all of the times in the past it was a little more of a disjointed process." Atlas was recorded in Wilco's loft studio in Chicago, and bassist Alex Bleeker mentions how he never once played his own bass on the album, speaking about the studio as a veritable "toy factory" for musicians. The painting of Marley, Courtney jokes, is Real Estate's current "tour manager."
Real Estate Live on KEXP 3/6/2014 setlist:
0:24 - "The Bend"
6:04 - "Talking Backwards"
12:58 - "Crime"
16:28 - "Horizon"
Source: KEXP Official YouTube Channel