It's going to be a busy year for New Jersey band Real Estate.
The group continues to ride a wave of goodwill for its standout second album, "Days," a collection of sweetly seductive guitar-pop that jingles and jangles in all of the most pleasantly hypnotic ways. A U.S. tour (including a sold-out stop at the Black Cat on Sunday) is underway, and mega-festivals such as Coachella and dates in Australia and New Zealand await. Before the globetrotting, however, there are visa requirements to deal with. And because of that, singer-guitarist Martin Courtney finds himself in the decidedly non-exotic locale of Bergen County to use the printer in his parents' office.
It's an appropriate place for Courtney though. Even as Real Estate continues its rise from blog buzz band to headliner and beyond, its sound and influence remain firmly rooted in the Jersey suburbs. The trio's songs are breezy, unhurried and nostalgic. Lots of bands aspire to create the soundtrack to life's most dramatic moments, but Real Estate makes music for all the other moments, the ones that happen every day. There's no towering grandeur or sweeping proclamations; the band finds subtle beauty in the ordinary, which is resonating with a growing fan base.
"I'm writing about the pretty common experience of growing up in the suburbs," Courtney says. "And I think a lot of people who are into our type of music can relate to the things that I'm saying and use that as a template and put that on their own life." He pauses then adds, "I really don't know."
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