The band formed after Kharas and Watson, who met "passing cans between each other in the queue for some shit club" moved into a house next to a reservoir in North London. King, who knew Watson from playing football as teenagers, would often DJ at their house parties which lasted for two or three days at a time. The trio began working on songs, often based around samples found by King. An early run of singles included the songs "Deeper" and "World Peace", which were released together on vinyl in 2013. "World Peace", based around a sample of Jean-Luc Ponty’s "Computer Incantations For World Peace", was named as Zane Lowe's 'Hottest Record in the World'. This was followed by "North Circular" – which sampled Boards of Canada and Ron Trent and Chez Damier – "Dab Housing", "Seven Sisters" and "Blackmarket Blues".
The trio also hosted club nights, the Boy's Own-influenced Congress, Eternal which saw secret DJ sets from Evian Christ, Jacques Greene, Jamie xx and Terry Farley and Luxury which took place in a working timber yard.
Expanding to a five-piece for live shows, the band embarked on a UK tour with Foals in 2015, played festivals such as Glastonbury Festival, Bestival, MIDI and the Jamie xx-curated Nuits Sonores, and recorded a pair of Maida Vale sessions for BBC Radio 1. In 2016, they released single "One Club Town", sampling "Fascinating Rhythm" by Bassomatic. A video for the song, directed by Jonathan Entwistle, was premiered by i-D in February 2016.
After Real Life, the band started working on new music but were unhappy with the material which was eventually scrapped.
In April 2018, "The Checks" was released on their own UNREAL label. Clash Magazine called it "a gritty, rave empowered return."  This was followed by "White Flowers" – a collaboration with British producer Tom Demac – was released through Kompakt, and reviewed favourably by Pitchfork. While in November 2018, Real Lies appeared on Icarus' single "Man of the Land".
During this time, they also released a series of mixes on SoundCloud called UNREAL RADIO, featuring a number of unreleased "Late Editions".
In October 2019, it was revealed that Watson had left the band.
In November 2019, Real Lies released their first single as a duo, "You Were In Love". This was followed in February 2020 by "Boss Trick", an ode to Watson. A video for the song was premiered by Crack Magazine.
In an accompanying interview, Kharas revealed they were working on a collection of new songs called Lad Ash:
"Each song from Lad Ash is a farewell to something, but also about finding solace in what you’re left with and excitement in something new. The ‘L’ word is loaded, I know. But I wanted to confront it head-on, show the distance between then and now."
In March 2020, Real Lies were forced to postpone their "first proper tour in five years" due to the global coronavirus pandemic. They later streamed a live concert via Facebook, debuting a cover of A Rainy Night in Soho by The Pogues, which was made available for digital download for a limited time to raise money for the Trussell Trust.
- Real Life, 16 October 2015
|2012||"Deeper"||Digital download||8 November 2012||World Peace
Deeper (Bey LF Remix)
|2013||"World Peace"||Digital download||2 December 2013||World Peace (Pariah Remix)||Marathon Artists|
|2014||"North Circular"||Vinyl + digital download||5 June 2014||North Circular||Marathon Artists|
|2014||"Dab Housing"||Vinyl + digital download||21 August 2014||Dab Housing||Marathon Artists|
|2015||"Seven Sisters"||Digital download||6 May 2015||Seven Sisters||Marathon Artists|
|2015||"Blackmarket Blues"||Digital download||28 September 2015||Blackmarket Blues||Marathon Artists|
|2016||"One Club Town"||Digital download||3 February 2016||One Club Town||Marathon Artists|
|2018||"The Checks"||Digital download||20 April 2018||The Checks||UNREAL|
|2018||"White Flowers"||Vinyl + digital download||14 September 2018||White Flowers||Kompakt|
|2019||"You Were In Love"||Digital download||20 November 2019||You Were In Love||UNREAL|
|2020||"Boss Trick"||Digital download||26 February 2020||Boss Trick||UNREAL|
- Pet Shop Boys - "Say It To Me" (Real Lies Remix), 15 September 2016
- Two Door Cinema Club - "Bad Decisions" (Real Lies Remix), 28 October 2016
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