Matt Mondanile, one of the founding guitarists in New Jersey-bred indiepop-rock band Real Estate, has announced that he is leaving the band. Mondanile has been a major part of the group since their inception in 2009 and, asStereogum points out, is responsible for much of their psych-y, Felt-channeling instrumentation. The musician will begin focusing on his solo project, Ducktails.
Real Estate have shared the following statement:
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.
6/25 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
6/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
6/27-29 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel
6/30 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach-Bundschu Winery
7/31 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheater (with the National)