April 19, 2024

Real Estate played Webster Hall

In support of their new album Daniel, Real Estate played a quasi-hometown show and brought the perfectly named "Infinite Jangle Tour" to a sold out Webster Hall.

Technically, the primary members of the indie rock group Real Estate hail from Ridgewood, New Jersey, but as they've proclaimed throughout the years, New York City is a second home and this was apparent as the quintet took to the stage at Webster Hall, a room which they admitted held significance in their lives and felt like a much appreciated homecoming of sorts. With their fellow brethren standing firmly behind them, the band dove into their quintessentially cool and laid back melodies that they've supremely nailed since the beginning of their career and careened into with maturity over the course of their most recent records. Starting off the night with new jams like "Somebody New" and "Flowers," they breezed into their set with the utmost chill, their delectable vibes resonating throughout the room giving off the most carefree tones before digging back into some of their more classic tunes. "Crime" was an early highlight of the night that found the band in their prime, the simple melodies and delightful chorus offering up serene moments of total bliss before segueing perfectly into "Green Aisles," one of their best songs that does the essential job of highlighting their knack of capturing blissful nostalgia and making it a universal theme that immediately beckons the listener back to simpler times of pure innocence. The wandering hallmarks of suburban bliss are staples to the band's aesthetic and to be in a room of people enjoying these shared collective moments is something of pure elation and newer tracks like "Water Underground" continue to highlight the band's ability to capture these sacred moments. Digging further back, "Talking Backwards" was a major moment of the night and one that distilled the band's sound into its most pure form, the intertwined guitars being met with steady rhythms and subtle synth-driven melodies that emphasized the jovial context in which the band always intended for their tunes. As always, bass played Alex Bleeker brought the jammier moments of the night to life, leading songs like "Wonder Years" that recalled more nostalgic moments and resonated deeply with those of us that were raised on classic rock and the forever expansive jams of some of the most prominent forces of rock and roll lore. "The last song was the first song on our third album and the next song is the last song on our second album" Martin Courtney told the crowd late into the band's set, but "Had to Hear" was another effortless jam that highlighted the band's stellar focus and "All the Same" allowed them to flew their muscles for deep grooves that could expand far beyond the realms that they'd set out to explore, but still firmly within their reach in terms of dexterity and sonic expertise. Despite not having the chance to tour and promote their record In Mind, the band still gave it the deserved attention, however the encore rendition of "Victoria" once again emphasized their more lackadaisical side of groovy tunes and closing with "It's Real" was the moment that congealed the crowd into a shared moment of all out joy and total bliss as the jovial melodies rang out with triumphant joy to secure the night as one of the group's finer moments and a leading example of their skill as one of indie rock's most reliable bands.

Set list:

01 "Somebody New"
02 "Flowers"
03 "Crime"
04 "Green Aisles"
05 "Saturday"
06 "Water Underground"
07 "Haunted World"
08 "Paper Cup"
09 "Talking Backwards"
10 "Freeze Brain"
11 "Stained Glass"
12 "Wonder Years"
13 "You"
14 "Say No More"
15 "Interior"
16 "Had to Hear"
17 "All the Same"
18 "Darling"
19 "Friday"
20 "Victoria"
21 "It's Real"

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