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Ducktails are a band based in New Jersey, United States who formed in 2006. Beginning as the solo project of future Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, the band have released five studio albums since their debut effort in 2009.
Matt Mondanile started Ducktails in a Massachusetts tool-shed the summer before starting his last semester Hampshire College. In that tool-shed he crafted what would later become his first demo tape “1992 Demo” with nothing more than an electric guitar, a set of multi-effects pedals and a four track recorder. It was finished by the time he finished college in 2007, and when he moved back to his parents house in New Jersey, he decided to focus on Ducktails full time, releasing several more demos, singles and EP's before signing to Not Not Fun Records in 2009. The project's self-titled debut album came out the same year, and Mondanile was on such a creative roll that he put together a second Ducktails album, entitled “Landscapes”, and released it before the end of the same year.
By this time, Mondanile was already playing in the indie rock band Real Estate, but his work in Ducktails was still hugely acclaimed. A year after Real Estate signed to Domino Records, Mondanile's work with Ducktails impressed the company so much that they signed his project to the label as well. Ever since then, the band have continued to release hugely acclaimed albums, and perform unmissable live shows to boot. Mondanile has proved himself to be something of an indie rock renaissance man, running his own record label New Images, playing in one of the hottest indie rock bands around and fronting one of the most acclaimed side projects of its time to boot. For all that, Ducktails come highly recommended.