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"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, undulating between more standard country-tinged rock Mongrel State do enough to stand-out from the pack."….. Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
Rock, Western and a host of other styles are put through the wringer - with honkytonk pianos & fourpart harmonies sitting side-by-side with New Orleans grooves, electric guitars and even the odd inflection of a synth, all underpinned by taut, inventive songwriting.
"There are few bands more exciting and popular to have visited us at Leo's Tavern this year. Expect to see Mongrel State storming their way upwards very soon. Addictive music and performance with a new twist." Moya Brennan, Clannad.
"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
"Having earned a reputation as one of the Irish country music scene’s most formidable live acts in respect of their remarkable stage presence and fluidity as musicians, it’s no surprise that ‘Mestizo’ shines with the polish of a band with years of experience despite it being the band’s debut full-length release. 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, undulating between more standard country-tinged rock Mongrel State do enough to stand-out from the pack." Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
"Is there a better country rock band in Ireland?" Stephen Byrne, Goldenplec
"There is some reckless brilliance to Mestizo....it bursts forth on numerous occasions during the record" Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape
"Mongrel State emerge from some wilderness to rock the socks of every single kind of venue or festival you throw at them. I've programmed them at Electric Picnic on the Salty Dog Stage and they are wild pirate-men, on Trailer Park and they shook the foundations of a metropolis of mobile homes, in a back room of an old man's speakeasy and they've had the clientele air-guitaring.... Their set is beautiful and vibrant, powered with an organic energy and the sodding great big smiles of dudes enjoying their music--and they know the way they convert an audience from indifference to indulged inside of two songs" Hugo Jellett, Booker, Electric Picnic Salty Dog & Trailer Park Stages
"Wow!! They sound great!" Dave Allen, Booker, Whelans
"Mongrel state create a swagger in the bones of their audience. Having an international lineup injects mood and flavour from an Domhan Mhór, don't miss your chance to dance with these amigos" Dónall Mac Ruairí RTÉ RnaG
"...a great bustling, rousing energy..." Danny McIlhinney, Irish Mirror
"One of the highlights of the festival" David Judge, Director, Canalaphonic, Achill Island Battle for the Lake Festival
" ...the aural representation of Quentin Tarantino directing Mad Max. With zombies." Marky Edison, Musos Guide
"Mongrel State are one of the liveliest bands in Ireland ..... excellent original numbers..... one of the best live shows you will ever see" Uri Kohen, The Electric Cave Production (Director of Westport Bluegrass Festival)
"An amazing live act" David Hope, Booker , Doolin Folk Festival, Doolin Craft Beer Festival
"Watching these guys live brings out the best in everyone within earshot" Keiron Black, Booker, Body & Soul (Electric Picnic)
"Cannot and should not be pigeonholed....a genre all on their own" Roddie Cleere KCLR 96FM
"Fantastic Band" Paul Dower, KFM
What you should know...
Mestizo, their debut album is on sale in HMV, Tower Records and iTunes. It is also available on Spotify.
The album was recorded with Americana Producer, Artist & TXFM Radio DJ Gavin Glass.
The band is called Mongrel State not just because their music is a mix of different Americana styles - all four members hail from different countries: Darren is Irish, Claudio, Italian, Guillermo, Spanish and Sebastian is Argentinian
Claudio and Darren, the main songwriters, share lead vocal duties, but all four members sing, meaning there are often four-part harmonies going on . A devotion to old rock&roll and rockabilly is what initially brought the guys together and inspired them to write their own music.