The New Jersey indie band parted ways with Mondanile (also known for his solo project Ducktails) in May 2016, with a statement at the time suggesting that Mondanile was “focusing on his own Ducktails project”.
However, when allegations surfaced last week, Mondanile’s former band released a new statement saying that they “fired” the guitarist due to his alleged “unacceptable treatment of women”.
SPIN has since published a detailed account of multiple women alleging that Mondanile had been sexually inappropriate towards them.
Mondanile has not yet issued a public statement but told Pitchfork last Friday (October 13): “There’s nothing I can tell you other than that I’ve done nothing wrong at all. There’s nothing to find out about me at all.” Asked whether any women would come forward with claims that he had been sexually inappropriate, Mondanile reportedly replied: “No. Not at all. No way. There’s nothing like that.”
The Guardian now reports that nine of the 11 scheduled dates of Ducktails’ upcoming US tour have been cancelled. Mondanile is currently on an Asian tour with Ducktails and has seen his Manila and Bangkok shows cancelled too. Ducktails have also been removed from the line-up of Phuzz Records’ Pine State Holiday festival in North Carolina.
Real Estate’s recent statement about Mondanile’s departure reads: “Matt Mondanile was fired in February 2016 when allegations of unacceptable treatment of women were brought to our attention. While we urged him to seek counseling at the time of termination, we are no longer in contact. We feel that any abuse of one’s power or status to victimise another is completely unacceptable. We applaud the courage of the women who came forward to make us aware so that we could address the issue head on.”
Since his departure from Real Estate, Mondanile has also parted ways with their label Domino, releasing his most recent Ducktails album ‘Jersey Devil’ on his own New Images imprint.
“Domino didn’t want to put it out,” he recently said of his latest LP. “Also now I have full control and I can just do whatever I want to and get all the money to my dome.”
Speaking to New York Daily News last month, Mondanile said of life after his departure from Real Estate: “It’s way easy for me to just do anything I want and not have to do the lame stuff I would have to do with them. Like, play a crappy jam band festival in Arizona.”
Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney hinted at tensions with Mondanile in an interview with Uproxx earlier this year, saying Mondanile’s exit was caused by “stuff that I don’t necessarily want to talk about.”
Real Estate’s most recent album ‘In Mind’ was released in March. It was their first record since Mondanile’s departure.