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The MDG GTK Series - MONGREL

The MDG GTK series took a bit of time off for coverage of a couple festivals, but we are back with another great female fronted band that is being hailed as the "Hardest working band in Boston" according to Metal Edge.

 

They definitely live up to that name as well. Jessica (Jess) Sierra has drawn comparisons of various vocalists from Anne Wilson to Janis Joplin & Cristina Scabbia to Otep. The band members each have very diverse styles but it all comes together nicely to bring the sounds that have earned them numerous accolades as well as had them share the stage with the likes of Danzig, Lacuna Coil, The Misfits, Godsmack, Korn, GWAR, Mushroomhead and many more.

 

So, with that being said............let's take a trip inside their yard and inside their brains as we all get to know....MONGREL.

 

 

 
Give me a little history behind Mongrel. Where are you from? How did you meet? How long have you been together?
 
Adam: I started Mongrel back in 2003 and we had various line ups over the years but were a male fronted band up until 2010 when Jess (Sierra, our singer) joined the band, first filling in for a few shows but then that went so well that she joined full time and it was the best possible situation for the band. Mike "Hoagie" Hogan (drummer) joined up with us 2 years ago after answering an online want ad. He had played a show with us a year prior while in his prior band. Michael "Blue" Ariza (bass) joined us about a year and a half ago after I found his "seeking band" post on a musician website. We're based in northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.


 
 
 
What is the meaning behind the name Mongrel?
 
Adam: Mongrel by definition is a "mixed breed" or a hybrid. The initial intent in starting the band was to be able to mix different styles including rock, punk, metal, grunge, etc. I think "Mongrel" has a bit of an aggressive implication too with the imagery of a dog so it really was the perfect name for what we're doing.

 
 
 
How would you classify your style?
 
Adam: I consider us an aggressive rock band but we definitely have influences from punk and metal as well so we will get classified differently depending on the listener at times.


 
 
 
Who are your musical inspirations?
 
Adam: Some of my influences include Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, The Doors, old Metallica, Black Sabbath, Black Flag, Dead Boys, Slipknot, Fear Factory, NIN, Public Enemy, etc.

 
 
 
Have you released any albums or EP's?
 
Adam: Yes. We put out a full length and a few eps with our old singers but since Jess joined we've put out "The New Breed of Old School" (2010), "Declamation" (2011), "Reclamation" (2012 THC music, 2013 re-release on Vanity Records), and "Evolution" (2014 Unable Records).
   
 
 

What is your favorite song to perform and why?
 
Adam: I go through different periods of what I'm most into performing but I have a bias for "No Gods No Masters" which is always a great crowd participation sing-a-long live which I love.

 
 
 

What do you want people to get from your music? Is there a message you're trying to get across and if so, what would that message be?
 
Adam: I always hope that people will find something in our music that inspires them to think about something or allows them to find connection or catharsis but there's also a lot of self-empowerment themes in our music I think. Every individual really can make a difference and if we can help inspire someone to use their anger or frustrations to make things better for themselves, for others, etc. then we did some good.
 
 
 


What are your goals in the Music Industry?
 
Adam: To make music we enjoy, have fun, and get our music and performances to as many people as possible while maintaining our integrity and just see how far we can take it.
 
 
 


What bands do you hope to tour with in the future?
 
Adam: On the dream list would be Gn'R, Pearl Jam, Motorhead, Metallica but certainly hoping to play with bands such as Amen, Die So Fluid, Dogstate (UK), The Cult, and more shows with Otep, Halestorm, One-Eyed Doll, Misfits, etc.
 
 
 

What is coming up in the near future for Mongrel?
 
Adam: We put out a video for the song "Oxygen Mask" from the "Evolution" cd in the spring and we have 2 more videos from the cd coming up this fall. We also have shows coming up with Butcher Babies & Anti-Mortem (10/8 Worcester, MA), and with Machine Head as part of the Rock and Shock festival in Worcester, MA on 10/17 so it should be an excellent Fall coming up!

 

 

 
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