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Ducktails Dropped by Japanese Label, Tour Canceled

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 20: Matt Mondanile of Real Estate performs at Treasure Island Music Festival on October 20, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic)

Ducktails have been dropped by Plancha, their Japanese label. The news was announced on the label’s website, and confirmed in a statement to SPIN. Previously, the label was selling copies of Jersey Devil, the band’s new album. “We have already stopped shipping Japanese version CDs and we have taken down the album from all the digital platforms in Japan,” the label said in an e-mail. “Also we are preparing to accept CDs from stores who want to return goods. We are planning to thoroughly inform all the stores by the end of this Friday.”

The news follows allegations of sexual misconduct by Matt Mondanile, the band’s leader. On Monday, SPIN published the accounts of multiple women who say they were mistreated by Mondanile. Last year, Mondanile was fired by Real Estate, his former band, when they say the allegations were first brought to their attention.

The label also confirmed it would no longer be working with Mondanile in the future. “We emailed him our opinion and position but there has been no reply from him yet at present,” it said.

Ducktails were also set to embark on a Japanese tour this week. All of those dates have been canceled, the label confirmed. Ducktails were scheduled to perform in Tokyo on October 18 and 19, in Nagano on October 20, in Osaka on October 21, in Fukuoka on October 23, and in Okinawa on October 25. The October 18 show has been canceled entirely, while the other shows will take place without Ducktails. Refunds are available for those shows. SPIN has reached for clarification on the nature of the tour’s cancellation.