Published May 25, 2016Following eight years of band activity that led to three full-length releases and numerous tours, Real Estate founder Matt Mondanile has left the band. His departure was confirmed by the New Jersey outfit today (May 25) in a press statement.
The act announced that longtime member Mondanile has taken leave of Real Estate to focus on his Ducktails project. The songwriter had been balancing the two projects for years, but the band point out he's been doing Ducktails longer than Real Estate. His most recent release was last year's St. Catherine LP.
A series upcoming tour dates will find Real Estate playing with new guitarist Julian Lynch.
Mondanile formed Real Estate in 2008 with guitarist Martin Courtney, bassist Alex Bleeker and drummer Etienne Pierre Duguay. Mondanile wrote and performed on the act's 2009 self-titled debut, 2011's Days and 2014's Atlas. Work on the next Real Estate full-length begins in the summer, without Mondanile.
You'll find Real Estate's statement below, along with their upcoming tour schedule. Mondanile has not yet publicly commented on his departure.
Having previously announced a short run of shows in California and a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater with The National, Real Estate expand on this by adding two further California dates. This limited run of dates is a prelude to the recording of their next album, tentatively slated for early 2017.
These upcoming shows will be the first with new member and fellow scion of Ridgewood, NJ, guitarist Julian Lynch. Lynch takes the place vacated by the departing Matt Mondanile, who is focusing on his own Ducktails project, a musical endeavor that predates his involvement in Real Estate.
The band will commence recording their follow-up to Atlas this summer.
05/25 Tel Aviv, Israel - Barby Club
05/28 Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
06/25 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory ^
06/26 Los Angeles, CA - Teragram Ballroom ^
06/27 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel *
06/28 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel #
06/29 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
06/30 Sonoma, CA - Gundlach Bundschu Winery
07/31 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre $
$ with The National
^ with Chris Cohen
* with Terry Malts
# with Emotional