Real Estate Brings Blissed-Out Beach Pop to Neurolux

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On Nov. 5—what was, by far, the coldest day of the season thus far—Real Estate and Big Troubles warmed the Neurolux with a blend of fuzzy indie rock and summery beach pop.

Real Estate keeping it real at the Neurolux

Big Troubles opened the show with its signature brand of fuzz pop. The young quartet stuck mostly to its recent release, Romantic Comedy, but also played a number of cuts off 2010's Worry. The band's sound combines the guitar-driven, '90s-influenced flavor of shoegaze with bookish indie pop. Highlights from the show included a ripping, distorted take on "Misery," a windows-down, fast-paced version of "Minor Keys," and a lush, harmonized rendition of "Softer Than Science."

Big Troubles had a big sound—the guitar players were locked in and effortlessly created a wall of distorted textures. The only problem was that the vocal delivery fell flat, at times, amid the vacuum of loud guitars. Either way, Big Troubles was a nice complement to the headliners, Real Estate.

Real Estate channels positive vibes and nostalgic imagery to create a mix of relaxing, chilled-out beach pop. On its first trip to Boise, the band showcased nearly all of the songs off the recently released Days. In the course of an hour-long set, the five-piece moved from soporific, soothing dual guitar melodies on songs like "Suburban Dogs," to sunglasses-and-umbrella psychedelic instrumental jams on "Kinder Blumen," to crowd-pleasing, hook-heavy pop gems on "It's Real."

Guitarists Matt Mondanile and Martin Courtney, along with bassist Alex Bleeker, utilize their unique chemistry to intertwine their clean reverb-laden tones, creating light, dreamy patterns and relaxing sounds. When the lights came on after the encore, the audience's blissed-out satisfaction was apparent.