Real Estate (band)

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Real Estate
Left to Right: Alex Bleeker, Matt Mondanile, Martin Courtney, IV in 2011
Background information
Origin Ridgewood, New Jersey, United States
Genres Indie rock, dream pop, jangle pop, neo-psychedelia, surf rock
Years active 2009–present
Labels Mexican Summer, Woodsist, Underwater Peoples, Half Machine, Domino Recording Company
Associated acts Ducktails, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, Vin and the Vin Tones
Website Official website
Members Alex Bleeker
Matt Mondanile,
Martin Courtney, IV
Jackson Pollis
Matt Kallman
Past members Etienne Pierre Duguay
Jonah Maurer

Real Estate[1] is an American indie rock[2] band hailing from Ridgewood, New Jersey, and currently living in Brooklyn, New York.[3][4]


In 2008, singer and guitarist Martin Courtney, guitarist Matt Mondanile (Ducktails), bassist Alex Bleeker (of Alex Bleeker and the Freeks), and drummer Etienne Pierre Duguay formed Real Estate in Ridgewood, New Jersey. In 2011 Jackson Pollis replaced Duguay on drums and Jonah Maurer joined the band on keys and guitar. The band is influenced by The Feelies, as Real Estate said to Still in Rock.[5]

After issuing singles on the Underwater Peoples and Woodsist labels, the band's 2009 self-titled debut received critical acclaim, including an 8.5 rating and Best New Music tag from Pitchfork Media.[6] Review aggregator Metacritic gave the album a normalised rating of 79%, indicating "generally favourable reviews".[7] Tours followed, supporting acts such as Girls, Kurt Vile, Woods, and Deerhunter. In 2010, Real Estate performed at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and the Primavera Sound Festival[8] in Barcelona.

In 2011, Real Estate signed with the Domino Recording Company. The group issued their second record, Days, on October 18, 2011. The album received positive reviews, including a rating of 77/100 on Metacritic[9] and 8.7 on Pitchfork.[10] Later that year, The Fader featured Real Estate on the cover of Issue #76.[11] 2012 saw the band perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California and the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

In 2013, Real Estate announced they were in the process of recording a third studio album. After a series of photos posted on Instagram, on January 13, 2014 at midnight EST, Real Estate released a stream of their new single "Talking Backwards" via their website,[12] and announced the title of their third album was going to be Atlas. The album was released March 3 (UK) 4th (US), 2014 on Domino Recording Co.[3][13][14] Keyboardist Matt Kallman joined the band during recording of the album, replacing Maurer.[15]

Real Estate also performed at the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.


Studio albums[edit]


  • Reality (2009)[21]


  • "Fake Blues" b/w "Pool Swimmers" (7″ Woodsist, 2009)
  • "Fake Blues" b/w "Green River" (7″ Half Machine, 2009) UK issue[22]
  • "Suburban Beverage" b/w "Black Lake" & "Old Folks" (7″ Underwater Peoples, 2009)
  • "Out of Tune" b/w "Reservoir" (7" True Panther Sounds, 2010)
  • "It's Real" b/w "Blue Lebaron" (7" Domino, 2011) UK issue[23]
  • "Easy" b/w "Exactly Nothing" (7" Domino, 2012) UK issue[24]
  • "Talking Backwards" b/w "Beneath the Dunes" (7" Domino, 2014)[25]
  • "The Chancellor" b/w "Recreation" (7" Domino, 2014)[26]


  1. ^ "Band To Watch: Real Estate". Stereogum. 2009-01-23. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  2. ^ Knott, Alex. "Real Estate announce support acts for Electric Ballroom show | Music News". Frost Magazine. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b "Brooklyn based Music Blog: Album Review : Real Estate - Atlas (Breeze Pop)". Still in Rock. 2004-02-26. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  4. ^ Angel Ceballos. "Ridgewood rocks: A slew of hot indie bands have roots in Bergen town". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ a b "Real Estate: Real Estate | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-11-17. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Metacritic - Real Estate reviews". Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ola's Kool Kitchen on Radio 23 Real Estate Live Primavera 2010 : DJ Ola : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive". 2001-03-10. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  9. ^ "Metacritic review of 'Days'". Metacritic. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  10. ^ "Pitchfork review of 'Days'". Pitchfork. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "76". The Fader. 2011-10-10. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  12. ^ a b "Real Estate". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Real Estate - Talking Backwards (Official Video)". YouTube. 2014-01-12. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  14. ^ "iTunes - Music - Atlas by Real Estate". 2014-03-03. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  15. ^ "Real Estate announce new album 'Atlas,' listen to 'Talking Backwards'". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  16. ^ [1][dead link]
  17. ^ "Real Estate: "Black Lake" | Tracks". Pitchfork. 2009-02-25. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  18. ^ "Domino | Albums | Days". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  19. ^ "Real Estate - From The Studio Take 2". YouTube. 2013-11-20. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  20. ^ "Real Estate - From The Studio Take 1". YouTube. 2013-09-10. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  21. ^ "Real Estate Prep New EP | News". Pitchfork. 2009-11-13. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  22. ^ "Real Estate: "Green River" | Tracks". Pitchfork. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  23. ^ "Domino | Singles | It's Real". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  24. ^ "Real Estate - Exactly Nothing :: Indie Shuffle Music Blog". 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  25. ^ "Singles | Talking Backwards". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 
  26. ^ "Albums | Atlas". Retrieved 2014-03-27. 

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