One week after the cancellation of Ducktails’ Manila show, concert promoters Sleeping Boy Collective (SBC) have partnered up with Grrrl Gang Manila for Get Spooky: A Halloween Bash Against Gender-Based Abuse, a benefit show on October 31 at Mow’s. This is in light of the allegations of sexual misconduct against frontman Matt Mondanile.
Mondanile began as the guitarist of Real Estate, a New Jersey-based rock band. They signed with Domino Recording Company, a famed independent label currently housing the like of Franz Ferdinand and Arctic Monkeys, in 2011. The band released three albums with Mondanile in the lineup: “Real Estate” in 2009, “Days” in 2011, and “Atlas” in 2014. Even though all the albums received widespread acclaim from critics, Mondanile left Real Estate last year to “focus his creative energy on Ducktails,” his solo project.
Rumors of his actions circulated the indie scene for years but no one ever came forward to confirm the allegations. Earlier this month, however, multiple women openly accused Mondanile of sexual misconduct. SPIN magazine released a feature with details coming straight from the victims; the stories are consistent with each other, with either Mondanile “asking” the girls to literally show him the bathroom and assaulting them there or him groping them in their sleep.
Despite the original statement Real Estate made regarding his departure, the remaining members admitted to Pitchfork that he was actually fired due to “allegations of unacceptable treatment of women.” Mondanile initially responded with “There’s nothing I can tell you other than that I’ve done nothing wrong at all.” but his lawyers have released a new statement on the matter. He apologized for his inappropriate behavior and the berating of Real Estate’s position on releasing sensitive information. While we’re on this, somebody tell his lawyers that adding the possibility of a lawsuit at the end of an “apology” is absolutely crass and unnecessary. Is it a legitimate apology? Highly doubt it.
Making Things Right, One Step at a Time
To make up for the cancelled gig, SBC and Grrrl Gang Manila are holding a benefit gig for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. We’ll see performances from College Friends, Tall Ice Lung, GYHT, SERIES, Memory Drawers, Ourselves the Elves, and Calix X Skinxbones. Revenue from the gig will be going to Women’s Care Center Inc. (WCC), a non-private institution focused on ending violence against women.
For those who have already bought tickets, SBC is giving options on refunds. Payments made via BPI and Paypal can be refunded immediately, while bank deposits will either be entertained in cash during the gig or sent to a BPI account under the payee’s name. PHP250 of the original ticket price will be donated to WCC and ticket holders will gain free entrance to Mow’s. The option of a personal SBC Ticket Fund is also available, meaning that payees can save the balance to spend on an upcoming SBC show.
Join us at Mow’s on October 31 for only PHP250! Let’s bring these creeps to life and empower the women who survived the emotionally and psychologically scarring events of their life.
Featured image from Independent UK