North Adams, MA – The indie band Real Estate brings its considered, melodic pop songs to MASS MoCA on Thursday, August 9, at 8 PM. From suburban New Jersey, the band comes to North Adams with music that echoes the mellow and unique charm of quasi-rural life. After receiving high praise for its self-titled debut album in 2009 and the release of its sophomore album Days this fall, Real Estate joins MASS MoCA’s summer concert line-up.
The band is on a steady and easy rise to greatness, consolidating the breezy sketches of its earlier work into organized, soft, and sentimental numbers. Real Estate shares MASS MoCA’s mission to create extraordinary art in an ordinary, small-town setting. AllMusic commends the band for “finding the bittersweet, whimsical, and poetic in everyday suburban life-the real life behind real estate”.
After years of friendship and musical get-togethers, singer/guitarist Martin Courtney, guitarist Matt Mondanile, and bassist Alex Bleeker formed the band in 2008. Between various singles and the 2009 debut, Real Estate emerged as a talented group in the performing arts community. In 2011, Jackson Poilis and Jonah Maurer joined Real Estate on drums and keys/guitar, respectively, and the band signed with Domino Recording Company. The band reached new heights with its 2011 album Days, a compilation of simple, timeless songs, which surpasses its first album in coherence and vocal courage. Pitchfork Media chose Days as number nine on its “Top 50 Albums of 2011″. Days captures the essence of Ridgewood, New Jersey, making Real Estate’s lyrics relatable to small-town fans.