The American indie rock group celebrate their 10th anniversary of their breakout album Days with a special tribute to the Television song that helped inspire the record’s sound.
Real Estate have shared a cover of ‘Days’ by classic proto-punk band Television. The special release is in celebration of their 10th anniversary of their second studio album which is also titled Days.
The band have stated the song is a direct inspiration for the sound and style of the record.
Days, the second studio album by the group, was originally released on October 18, 2011. The album featured indie hits such as ‘It’s Real’, ‘Green Aisles’, and ‘Easy’.
Real Estate bassist and founding member Alex Bleeker explains,
“The shrewd, completist bootlegger will always remember 6/30/2011 as the day that we debuted the album Days live in its entirety at 285 Kent in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Back then Domino Park, across the street, was still a dilapidated sugar warehouse, and our unreleased sophomore album didn’t yet have a name. Real heads (or as we like to call them, ‘agents’) might also recall that this show was a release party for the new 33 1/3 book recounting the history of Television’s Marquee Moon. Somewhere in the introduction to that volume author Bryan Waterman declared that even though the song ‘Days’ was on Television’s often overlooked second record, it provided a blueprint for all of the melodic guitar-based indie rock that would soon follow in its wake.
We were of course huge fans of that tune, this was in fact our second record, and we saw ourselves humbly as the torchbearers of that tradition. So the story goes like this – we were on tour, sitting in our fire engine red Dodge Ram 2500 somewhere along the I-95 when someone in the band read that sentence aloud, and said, ‘why don’t we call the album Days?’ As I recall, nobody loved it, but more importantly, nobody hated it and it stuck. It’s true, this now decade-old album is named after this fantastic, underappreciated Television tune, which was a joy for us to cover and record for you after all these years.”
The band will continue their celebration with a new tour, the first in two years. The tour begins on November 3, culminating in a series of 10th Anniversary Shows at their native New Jersey’s Anchor Rock Club on November 20, Brooklyn Made on November 22-23, and San Francisco’s August Hall on December 15.
The tour will features live performances of the entire Days album with the band’s new drummer Sammi Niss.
Tickets can be purchased at the band’s official website.
Photo credit: Jake Michaels