I saw this New Jersey-bred band open up for The Shins on Friday night at the Citi Performing Arts (Wang) Center in Boston and I was delighted by their sound. If you are (or were) a fan of Minus the Bear or Modest Mouse, you may dig Real Estate.
It’s easy to identify their pleasant ambient pop sound in the tracks below, but what these guys bring to a live show is hard to describe. There’s a cohesiveness there that I think may simply come from a few people getting together with a shared vision and passion for a certain sound. At the show, I felt like I was wandering into their basement as they jammed. There’s a real genuine, easy feel to the music…it’s not forced and it’s by no means aggressive. Definitely a good opener for The Shins.