Posts Tagged ‘Ducktails’


Ducktails is the one-man psychedelic pop project of Matthew Mondanile, guitarist for New Jersey’s Real Estate and, more importantly, a proud son of the mid-1980s. At 22 years old, he started releasing his own cassette albums. His first 7-inch came out on Breaking World Records and was followed by a string of LPs, cassettes, and CDs on independent labels like Not Not Fun, Olde English Spelling Bee, Release the Bats, Arbor and Goaty Tapes.


Now surrounded by a crew of young songwriters, Mondanile spends his time either touring or recording in the basement of his parent’s house. Categorized by David Keenan as part of the ‘hypnagogic pop’ movement, Ducktails realizes a shared cultural memory and nostalgia through various genres. “Ducktails III: Arcade Dynamics” is Mondanile’s third official full-length LP and first for Woodsist Records.

DUCKTAILS III: Arcade Dynamics – CD / LP


Against the Clock is a series where we give an artist 10 minutes in the studio and see what they come up with.

Matt Mondanile is the lead guitarist of Real Estate, but he’s been making music on his own as Ducktails for even longer and how he makes that music has fascinated us for years. Mondanile builds his starry psych-rock pieces more like an electronic producer, gradually layering pieces he’s played like jigsaw pieces to make music that’s comfortingly familiar, yet tantalizingly surreal. We caught up with Mondanile, about to start a European tour, at his studio in downtown LA where he laid out guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums with time left for a shredding, feedback-filled solo. Watch it above


Ducktails is an American band from New Jersey that began in 2006 as the solo recording project of Matt Mondanile (also of Real Estate).[1][2]Ducktails started up in a tool shed in Northampton, Massachusetts the summer before his last year at Hampshire College, The band name is a play on the title of the animated television series, DuckTales, from the late 1980s and early 1990s they recorded their first release, 1992 Demo, on a 4 track with cheap multi effects pedals and a guitar. After leaving college Matt Mondanile moved back to his parents’ home in New Jersey, where he recorded in the basement. Between 2007 and 2012 he recorded several albums, singles, cassettes, and split releases, mostly recorded on cassette tape. Ducktails’ self-titled debut album proper was released in 2009 on the Not Not Fun label, followed later that year with Landscapes. Third studio album Ducktails III: Ducktails releases have received significant critical acclaim, most notably from Pitchfork Media who have favourably reviewed the albums, and produced two video features on the band.