Dublin, County Dublin

2018 is shaping up to be Mongrel State’s most exciting year yet!

With several tours abroad planned: including a return to Spain, and debut tours in the UK & Switzerland.
Alongside all this they are continuing to build on their Irish success, by playing many more of Ireland's most renowned venues and festivals.

Mongrel State are going back into the studio to record some new material, and will release 2 radio singles in the 1st half of the year, respectively supported by new videos and PR campaigns in Ireland & the UK. 2018 is going to be an awesome year for Mongrel State.

"A raucous, kinetic sound….they exude a compelling energy"
Joe Breen, The 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:

Darren (Bass & Lead Vocals - Ireland)
Claudio (Lead Guitar & Lead Vocals - Italy)
Guillermo (Keys, Guitar, Percussion, Harmonic & Vocals - Spain)
& Sebastian (Drums & Vocals - Argentina)

Based in Dublin, Ireland, their powerful sound is heavily influenced by raw Rock n’ Roll, stomping Rockabilly and a red hot stew of "Musica del Sud".

They always deliver an explosive & vibrant show, getting the audience to move their minds, their hearts and their asses.

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.

In 2017 the band completed two tours in Spain:
Galicia: Feito a Man festival in Santiago de Compostela.( ) Headline slot at the Noia Festival of Rock - Focus Ireland (
Headline show in Boiro (Miramar Plaia

Andalusia: Chiclana (
Tarifa (

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

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Upcoming Gigs

  25 May 2018 20:00 St. Ishmael's Club, Lindsway Villas, St Ishmael's, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire   Headline show    
  26 May 2018 20:00 The Prince Albert , Roadborough Hill, Stroud, GL5 3SS, UK   Headline show    
  27 May 2018 19:00 Bredy Farm, Bredy Ln, Burton Bradstock, Bridport DT6 4ND, UK   Camping Be Cider Sea Festival    
  28 May 2018 20:00 Barefoot at the Beach, Newquay, UK   Headline Show    
  1 Jun 2018 21:00 The Empire Bar, 42 Botanic Ave. Belfast BT7 1JQ   Roots Night Show    
  23 Jun 2018 20:00 Bello Bar, 1 Portobello Harbour, Portobello, Dublin 8   Evidence of What Launch Party   Buy Tickets