Real Estate Returns With New Track "The Main Thing" From Upcoming Album

“For anyone who’s ever been in an existential crisis…”

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Fresh off the surreal and somewhat terrifying “Paper Cup” music video directed by Nick Roney, Real Estate returns with the title track to their upcoming album The Main Thing ahead of the project’s February 28 release, out via Domino Records.

“The Main Thing” details the crushing weight of juggling modern life’s responsibilities and the challenge to stay true to one’s life purpose and goals. The 13-track LP follows 2017’s In Mind with bandmates Martin Courtney, Alex Bleeker, Julian Lynch, Matt Kallman and Jackson Pollis Singer sharing songwriting duties throughout. Guitarist and lead singer-songwriter Martin Courtney explained the story behind the song in a press release:

“”The Main Thing” is my attempt at writing an inspirational anthem for anyone who’s ever been in an existential crisis… specifically, me. I was asking myself a lot of uncomfortable questions throughout the process of making this album. Wondering if being an artist is irresponsible or selfish, particularly with the world in the state that it’s in, particularly as a parent of young kids. ["The Main Thing"] was the last song I wrote for this album, and I think it kind of distills where I found myself at the end of what turned out to be a long and extremely rewarding process: psyched on the power of music, for real!

The lyrics in this song are sort of tongue in cheek, but the sentiment is very real. Basically… when life gets tough, when the stresses start piling up, when you start second guessing every decision you’ve made, what do you do? You double down on the thing that makes you happy, the thing that feeds your soul. It might be corny to say, but it really is important to be true to who you are and do what you believe in, whatever that may be.”

Listen to Real Estate’s latest track “The Main Thing” below and be on the lookout for the brand’s latest record The Main Thing to release Friday, February 28. Real Estate’s upcoming world tour is slated to being April 9 in Detroit, Michigan followed by a stint in Europe come June with special guests Palm, Meg Baird, Itasca, Sharon Van Etten and Grace Ives set to join them along the way at multiple stops. In more music news, listen to Radiohead’s extended version of “Treefingers.”

Real Estate Tour Dates
04/09 – El Club – Detroit, MI
04/10 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL
04/11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
04/13 – Slowdown – Omaha, NE
04/14 – The Truman – Kansas City, MO
04/15 – The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
04/16 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
04/17 – Brooklyn Bowl Nashville – Nashville, TN
04/18 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
04/20 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
04/21 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
04/22 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
04/23 – Royale – Boston, MA
05/07 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA
05/08 – The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/09 – Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
05/10 – Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
05/12 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
05/13 – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater – Austin, TX
05/14 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX
05/16 – Corona Capital – Guadalajara, MX
05/18 – Gothic Theatre – Englewood, CO
05/19 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
05/21 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
05/22 – Revolution Hall – Portland, OR
06/11 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
06/12 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
06/13 – Vicar Street – Dublin, IE
06/14 – Queen Margaret Union – Glasgow, UK
06/16 – Orangerie at Botanique – Brussels, BE
06/17 – Luxor – Koln, DE
06/18 – Le Trabendo – Paris, FR
06/20 – Roundhouse – London, UK
06/21 – Tivolivredenburg Pandora Hall – Utrecht, NL
06/22 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin, DE
06/24 – Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, DK
07/29 – SummerStage (Central Park Garden State Party) – New York, NY

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