Whoever said excessive gratitude could be seen as a sign of weakness hasn't seen Real Estate play live.
The musicians took turns profusely thanking the audience between almost every song at the band's Bowery Ballroom set for CMJ 2013, and they didn't have to. Real Estate has a following larger than most bands playing the year's fest,and the venue on Thursday night was packed with adoring fans who whistled and clapped throughout the night.
"Just a couple more songs for you guys -- thanks for staying up so late with us," Allex Bleeker, bassist, piped around midnight. He later added, "This has been a really, really fun show. I mean that sincerely."
The band's genuine spirit was one of the factors that made Real Estate's CMJ set a purely blissful experience. The attitudes seemed to raise the quality of Real Estate's sunny chord progressions to cured instrumental breaks and solos with beautiful peaks just short of masturbatory.
The music snugly filled the space, neither too loud nor deep. In a resounding rendition of "It's Real," the audience carried the building chorus' hum.
New, unreleased material played for the Bowery crowd sounded less pop, more intricate and equally sentimental as the band's 2011 release, Days. Real Estate will tour the west coast for the rest of 2013, in support of a third LP to be released next year.