"Searching On The Phone"A no-brainer on the Friday night lineup of the Northside Festival, Real Estate's set at Death By Audio proved why they are one of the most exciting young bands around. When I arrived at DBA they were shoo'ing away badge holders, however, a mere five seconds later they let me in and all was good. Free Ice Cream, Free Beer...what more could you ask for?! Well, in this case, it was a fluid, super tight set of seaside jams courtesy of NJ's finest purveyor's of stoner-shore rock. The band was in good spirits, especially drummer Etienne Duguay, who got the crowd into it real early by pointing, raising the roof and slugging beers during breakdowns, only to return, point on, into the beat. John Norris was there, was impressed and bobbed, knodded and weaved along with the rest of the audience, which for a NYC/BK indie rock show, showed an exceptional amount of movement. (Norris also and interviewed the band for the L Magazine.) While Real Estate played almost all of their catalog, particular highlights including "Pool Swimmers" and "Beach Comber", two winding pop jams that were birthed to be played while driving over the Perth Amboy bridge on a Saturday morning, the salt water ripe in the air.
Real Estate- Black Lake