Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile releases his fifth solo album as Ducktails this month, which raises the question if it can still be considered a side project. ‘St. Catherine’ is also the LA-based musician’s most solid record under this moniker, inspired by love but also religion and his childhood as an alter boy
The best piece of advice you’ve been given
Don’t take shit from anyone.
Your favourite word
If you could only eat one food forever, it would be…
The worst job you’ve had
I worked as a cashier at a grocery store and I had to stand up all day long.
The film you can quote the most of
Favourite place in the world
Ridgewood, New Jersey… It’s where I am from and where my mother lives.
Your style icon
The one song you wished you’d written
‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ by Neil Young.
The most famous person you’ve met
Courtney Love in Montauk, NY at the Surf Lodge. She was very similar to the way she is portrayed.
The thing you’d rescue from a burning building
My laptop and hard drive.
The worst date you’ve been on
I went on a date with this girl and I don’t even remember anything about it other than after dinner we both parted ways and said we might meet up later but we both knew that wasn’t going to happen.
Your guilty pleasure
Polly O String Cheese.
Your first big extravagance
A studio apartment in Greenpoint Brooklyn.
The worst present you’ve received
Books about Indie Rock.
The characteristic you most like about yourself
Laughing at other people’s jokes.
Your hidden talent
I have the ability to remember the most insignificant thing about a band or the members’ names of some tiny band.
Your favourite item of clothing
My Superga shoes.
Your biggest disappointment
Not getting critically praised.
The celebrity that pissed you off most even though you’ve never met them
Your biggest fear
The best book in the world
The Man In the Ceiling by Shel Silverstein.
People’s biggest misconception about yourself
That I am very successful with women.
What is success to you?
Being completely satisfied.
What talent do you wish you had?
Classical pianist, music theory.
How would you choose to die?
Of old age.
What is the most overrated thing in the world?
iPads and lunch wraps.
What would you change about your physical appearance?
What’s your biggest turn-off?
What would you tell your 15-year-old self?
Don’t worry about doing poorly in school, just focus on yourself.
Your best piece of advice for others
Stop worrying about what others think.