Real Estate at The Sunset Temple
Featuring Little Deadman and Big Troubles
Local non-profit events organizer Sezio presented their second annual Four Day Weekend concert series at the Sunset Temple in North Park. Sunday, November 13 was the closing night, and indie darlings Real Estate headlined the show. Fellow New Jersey band and tour mates Big Troubles were also on the lineup, and local band Little Deadman opened the show.
Four Day Weekend was an all-ages event, and Real Estate’s newest album, Days, (recently on Domino Records) has received plenty of critical acclaim; which meant the show was sold out. Luckily, when the venue filled up, it didn’t feel cramped or tiny; everyone had a little room to dance.
Little Deadman opened the show, starting fashionably late at 9:30 p.m. The sound in Sunset Temple was excellent - the reverb and chorus elements that dominate Little Deadman’s sound were not bounced around the room, but were absorbed in a pleasant way, lending the band an extra degree of warmth.
Both Big Troubles and Real Estate are from Ridgewood, New Jersey, an area that is pumping out a significant amount of popular indie rock these days. Most of Big Troubles members didn’t seem thrilled to be playing the show, which was their first in San Diego. Their set was solid, and delivered an interesting blend of shoegaze-inspired pop songs. Their second full-length album, Romantic Comedy, was released this year on Slumberland Records.
Real Estate took the stage to a very loud and appreciative crowd, which was dominated by young females. They played a captivating set that didn’t feel out of place for a late-night show in the fall, despite sounding like the band you want playing on the stereo while you’re lounging around the pool during the height of the summer. Again, the acoustics of the Sunset Temple warmed up the sound quite a bit. Real Estate also played with a tightly wound precision that was unexpected, given the expansiveness and gauziness of their albums.
They opened with the downright saccharine “Kinder Blumen” and continued to play most of the songs from their new album Days, with exceptions made for a few tracks off their self-titled debut album (indie-hit “Beach Comber” being one of them), and a cover of “Sunlight Bathed the Golden Glow” by British band Felt.
The band ended with “All the Same”, the album closer on Days with a varying tempo that closes in on itself towards the end, making it a perfect ending to a well rounded show.