Matt Mondanile Is Leaving Real Estate

The hazy, twinkling guitar sound of Matt Mondanile has been a big part of Real Estate’s music ever since the New Jersey band formed in 2009. It won’t be a part of that sound any longer. The band has announced that Mondanile is parting ways from the band to focus on Ducktails, the solo project that he started before joining Real Estate. But the band has already found a new guitarist to replace him: The solo artist Julian Lynch, who comes from the same New Jersey town as the band and whose psychedelic, folk-influenced style should be a great fit for the band. Lynch will join the band on a short run of West Coast tour dates coming up. And shortly after that tour wraps up, they’re planning on heading into the studio to record a follow-up to their last album, 2014’s Atlas. Below, read the statement from the band and check out their tour dates.

Here’s the 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.

TOUR DATES:
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)