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Real Estate & The Glenn Mercer Band - Nick Currey Fundraiser 6/30/13 [Concert Review]

Derek Kademian

by Derek Kademian

Published July 18, 2013

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Indie dazers Real Estate rocked the Nick Currey fundraiser in Ridgewood, New Jersey a few weeks back. The Feelies front man Glenn Mercer and his band were also on the bill.

The bands played for the Nick Currey Fund which raises money for research for Ewings Sarcoma. Between sets, friends and family of the bands shared stories of their experiences with the cancer which added a very personal layer to the already intimate experience. After a scare from the weather, the show was moved from the outdoor venue at the Kasschau Memorial Shell to the local Benjamin Franklin Middle School's auditorium.

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Among the opening bands there was an acoustic act, called Brian Milligram and a two man band called The Trombone Symphony, who sounded like the offspring of Death From Above 1979 and The Black Keys.

The Glenn Mercer Band played a solid set. With a mixture of what would be considered the original style of indie rock and punk, Mercer left the younger audience members questioning who this man was and why they hadn’t heard him before.

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Real Estate performed an enjoyable set switching between new and old songs off of their 2011 success Days, including; “Easy”, “Green Aisles”, “Municipality”, “It’s Real”, “Wonder Years”, “Beach Comber”, “Pool Swimmers”, “Suburban Dogs” and “All the Same”.

According to what front man Matt Mondanile said during the show, the songs will be featured on their next album. The style seemed to follow their formula for dazey indie rock, but more psychedelic than their previous work. The band's body language suggested that the songs were still in development in terms of performing them live.

When asked about the titles of the new songs Real Estate's management stated: "We're going to keep those song titles a mystery for now".

Between their soft undertones, psychedelic nature and the seated auditorium, it was almost like a trip back to when you would see one of those unknown bands in high school and a solid 20% of the audience were either friends or family of the band. But this time one of those bands actually made something of themselves and became successful on a national stage.

Towards the end of their set Glenn Mercer joined the band on stage to cover two of The Feelies songs, which were executed well. They wrapped up with a cover of Neil Young’s "Powderfinger".

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Real Estate's Setlist:

Untitled New Song
Untitled New Song
Easy
Green Aisles
Municipality
Untitled New Song
Untitled New Song
It’s real
Wonder Years
Beach Comber
Pool Swimmers
Suburban Dogs
Unknown (The Feelies cover with Glenn Mercer)
Unknown (The Feelies cover with Glenn Mercer)
Powderfinger (Neil Young Cover)

Encore:
All the same

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