Former Real Estate lead guitarist Matthew Mondanile’s band Ducktails have announced they are to release a new album and are to go on the road on a full world tour. 


Matt Mondanile’s sixth full-length album as Ducktails, Jersey Devil, is a mature, multi-faceted work that emerged from the New Jersey musician’s return to his DIY roots. Drawing inspiration from diverse sources, including the cosmic jazz fusion of Haruomi Hosono, the LP showcases a huge leap forward in songwriting and production for Mondanile. The album is due Oct. 6 on Mondanile’s own New Images label. You can pre-order it here.

Jersey Devil was recorded over the span of two years despite frequently unfavorable circumstances. Mondanile started working on the record in Los Angeles prior to his departure from Real Estate, in a cramped, stuffy warehouse space he converted into a modest studio. A few good friends came to his aid: John Anderson (Girls, Sky Ferreira) and Malcolm Oliver Perkins both played guitar and helped to compose and produce the songs; Perkins and Samira Winter also sang beautiful harmonies while John da Costa contributed brilliant drum fills. Mondanile also flew over Chi Yoon Hae of the South Korean indie band Parasol to play bass.

However, the songs really became what Mondanile had envisioned after moving back to his hometown of Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he finished writing and recording the material in his mom’s basement. The quiet, familiar space surrounded by wood-paneled walls provided endless inspiration. Once finished tracking, Mondanile would take the commuter train to Hoboken, grab a cup of coffee from Dunkin Donuts, and mix the album with engineer Ernie Indradat at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon studio. “Everything felt right: the mini mall across the street, the stock brokers walking their dogs, and the sweet summer smell in the air” says Mondanile about the final days of work on Jersey Devil.



Sept 7th Davenport – Raccoon Motel
Sept 8th Chicago – The Empty Bottle
Sept 9th Madison – The Frequency
Sept 12th Hanover, Germany – V17
Sept 13th Hamburg, Germany – Club Heim!
Sept 14th Cologne, Germany – Gewolbe
Sept 21st Liverpool, UK – Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Sept 23rd Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
Oct 2 London, UK – Moth Club
Oct 6th Bergen, Norway – Landmark
Oct 10th Bordeaux, France – Iboat
Oct 11th Roubaix, France – La Cave Aux Poetes
Oct 12th Paris, France – L’Olympic
Oct 13th Sion, Switzerland – Le Port Franc
Oct 14th Winston Salem – Phuzz Festival
Oct 18 – Tokyo @ O-nest
Oct 19 – Tokyo @ UNIT
Oct 20 – Matsumoto @ Give me little more
Oct 21 – Osaka @ Shangri-la
Oct 23 – Fukuoka @ Utero
Oct 25 – Okinawa Naha @ Output
Oct 27 – Taipei @ Witch House
Oct 28 – Taichung @ Forro Cafe
Oct 29 – Kaohsiung @ venue TBA
Oct 31 – Manila @ Mow’s Bar, Quezon City
Nov 2 – Shanghai @ Yuyintang
Nov 3 – Beijing @ School
Nov 5 – Chengdu @ Nu Space
Nov 14 Seoul (band set) venue TBA
Nov 17 Bangkok (band set) Rockademy
Nov 21 Philadelphia – PhilaMOCA
Nov 24th Washington DC – U Street Music Hall
Nov 25th NYC – Music Hall Of Williamsburg
Nov 27th Cleveland – The Winchester
Dec 6rd San Francisco – The Independent
Dec 9th Los Angeles – Teragram Ballroom
You can find Ducktails via their TwitterFacebook and Instagram pages.
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Matt Mead first took to writing for Louder Than War after compiling Flowered Up - A Weekenders Tale which received rave reviews across the board. Since then Matt has picked up the writing mantel composing impassioned album and live reviews plus conducting insightful interviews with a mixed bag of artists. If it has meaning and soul to it, then Matt will write about it!


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