Dublin 8, County Dublin
Check out the Hot Press premiere of our brand new video and single "Monster"
"a raucous, kinetic sound….they exude a compelling energy" - Joe Breen, Irish Times
"The album is vibrant; showcasing a sharp, animated sound"…..Danny Kilmartin, Goldenplec
"There is some reckless brilliance to Mestizo. It bursts forth on numerous occasions during the record’s 10-track running time..... (they) stand-out from the pack."….. Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
Mongrel State are a four piece band, from Dublin, Ireland. Forming at the beginning of 2015, the band comprises of members from four different countries (hence the name) - Ireland, Italy, Spain and Argentina. .
Their sound, which in the past has drawn comparisons to the likes of Jon Spencer's Heavy Trash & Calexico, is heavily influenced by various forms of Americana - Rock n' Roll, Rockabilly, Folk & Southern Rock, whilst also adding other flavours to the mixture, such as latin-American rhythms and percussion, modern production values and tight, inventive songwriting.
In 2016 the single "Stray Dogs" was playlisted on RTE 1 - the national Irish broadcaster. The band was also recorded a live session for the Arena show on RTE 1.
Mongrel State has performed live on national Irish television, and has also featured on some prerecorded sessions for TV.
Mestizo, their debut album, was produced by Irish Americana producer Gavin Glass (who has worked with Billy Bragg, Joe Henry, Clarence Clemons, Joe Jackson, John Grant, Paul Brady, Lisa Hannigan, Mundy, and The Minutes among others). The album received several enthusiastic reviews from the Irish press, and was nominated for the Choice Music Award 2016.
The album launch was a sell-out show at Whelan's - the seminal music venue in Dublin, which has in the past been graced by the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Hozier, Nick Cave, Jeff Buckley, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Jayhawks, Cat Power and Townes Van Zandt.
In the past two years the band has been making its mark on all the best festivals in Ireland, including prime slots on the Salty Dog stage at Electric Picnic 2016 & Kilkenny Roots 2016.
Bands we've shared the bill with...
The Strypes, La Fuga, The Handsome Family, Ham Sandwich, The Riptide Movement, The Young Folk, Le Galaxie, Kila, The Delta Saints, David Kitt, The Hot Sprockets, Jerry Fish (An Emotional Fish), Willie & The Bandits, King Kong Company, The Eskies
Debut album "Mestizo"
"The cinematic sweep of the short instrumental Quiero Volver and the closing Rainy Day offers something more thoughtful, but this opening salvo opts to replicate the live experience and rocks along at pace with Desert Girl, Dirty Trick and the single Stray Dogs all highlights – especially the latter, with its border brass punching colourfully. A lively deposit on a promising future... Joe Breen, Irish Times
"The album is vibrant; showcasing a sharp, animated sound" Danny Kilmartin, Goldenplec
"There is some reckless brilliance to Mestizo. It bursts forth on numerous occasions during the record’s 10-track running time... Mongrel State do enough to stand-out from the pack." Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape