I first heard about Ducktails from Bullett TV director, Logan Jones, our office go-to for new music. I was even more excited when I saw that venue-less promoters Upset the Rhythm had organized shows for the band in London.
Entitled CAMP (‘City Arts and Music Project’), the space is a cafe next to a “venue” on City Road. Situated right off London’s giant motor circle, I didn’t really know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised to find indoor / outdoor seating and decent food options in the post apocalyptic zone that is Old Street.
Upset the Rhythm ushered in the bands with a set reminiscent of a Chinese soap opera. Big Troubles was first up- standard shiny shoegaze that turned out to be Ducktales’ band, minus the singer/ guitarist.
Then there was Ducktails. Matthew Mondanile, one quarter of Real Estate blew me away. An extremely talented guitarist, Mondanile opened and closed the set with a vocal-less guitar ballad that fostered rapt attention. The band’s sound is a sun shiny update to chill wave that left me feeling like I was listening to an old David Geffen presents comp, and that’s a HUGE compliment.
Julian Lynch who has a split 7″ with Ducktails was kind of his own soundtrack. It might have been this particular set, but I couldn’t put a sound to the project as it kept changing from song to song. The set opened and I was transported back to the sounds of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Smack in the middle of the set, the bass went up and a drone kicked in to rival the Melvins.To close the set, Julian went back into a post-modern new romantic vibe that left me wondering – What does a Julian Lynch record sound like?