Ahead of their single release party at The Gallery on Friday 13th December, we caught up with Mongrel Dogs to hear about their 2019 success and what’s in the pipeline for next year.
For those who don’t know you, can you introduce yourself?
We are Mongrel Dogs! We’re an original London based rock n roll band. We’ve been playing together since 2015, with a new addition to the band just recently in the form of Jono Palmer on vocals.
What’s the story behind the name of the band?
We’re the kinda band that could only really work somewhere like London. We each hail from different parts of the world – Mexico, Brazil, Scotland and Australia. So in that way we’re a bit of a mongrel band, hence Mongrel Dogs.
Congratulations on releasing your new single PURSUITS. The artwork for all your releases are very impressive. Is one of you a secret designer or do you outsource this?
Much appreciated! We’ve been getting a lot of positive feedback on the recent release so we’re really happy. Truth be told, it came about through the culmination of lots of people’s efforts. At first we discussed the concept and came up with the core idea. Then one of our dear photographer friends, Kriz got the shot. From there another friend of the band (David Ceballos) played around with some designs – one of which really stood out to us – which is what you see now. Beyond that though it’s worth mentioning that our resident bass player, Gustavo, also happens to have some design skills. So some of our designs and branding come directly from him!
What can we expect from your Single Party Release gig in The Gallery on the 13th December? Is there anyone supporting you?
A damn good time for starters! We’re really lucky to have an amazing support act playing with us, Leontas check em out. As for ourselves, we’ll be playing through all the tracks everyone has come to know and love, along with a few special surprises, and of course the new singles themselves which we can’t wait to share with everyone.
You have released a few singles and an EP. Can we expect to see an album in the near future?
That’s definitely the direction we’re headed. We’ve got a whole bunch of material we’re currently working on, and an album feels about due. We can’t say for sure when it’ll happen but ideally we’re looking at the front half of next year.
You have built up a strong following on social media. Are you all involved in keeping your channels up to date – what’s the secret?
The secret is Alvaro…! In all seriousness though it’s about maintaining a presence, being genuine and really just posting things that people want to see and will find entertaining. After all that’s what we are at the end of the day, entertainers!
You guys put a lot of effort into your music videos. Where do you get the ideas from and how do you organise the filming?
We’ve always been lucky to work with very creative people. We tend to brainstorm the ideas at first, then take them to the professionals to realise our ideas. For previous videos we have worked with Xavi Ruax – one of the content creators at Facebook. It’s always been a collaborative process and we’re always happy to work with fellow creatives, regardless of their discipline.
Highlight of 2019?
Jono on the vocals, for sure! Also, the release of the two new singles at the end of the year. It feels like we’re really taking a new direction and we’re very excited for what’s next!
Top gig of 2019?
For us playing, we’re really looking forward to the single release party. New singer, new songs – obviously we’re really excited to share the new material with everyone. You can grab a ticket for the show here.
In terms of gigs we’ve been to, Daxx & Roxane always steal the show. We’ve been to too many of theirs to call one particular favourite, but regardless they are our top pick for the year. Bonus answer, the gig we didn’t attend that we really wish we had was Saint Agnes‘ show at Dingwall’s in Camden. To this day we’re really gutted we couldn’t make it.
Go-to playlist at the mo?
This is probably a perfect time to mention that we have our own playlist that we’re putting together, based on songs we’ve been listening to each week. We’ve all been playing this on repeat. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix of our individual tastes, so it’s been really cool getting to know everyone’s specific style. If you’d like to follow it, it’s called ‘Doghouse Rocks’.
If you had to cover a Christmas song what would it be and why? How would you do it differently?
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love. It’s a beautiful song and it’d be really fun to play around with. I don’t know if we’d even need to change it up much from the original. Something about a hard rock band doing a very true to source soul cover is juxtaposition enough, and would be great fun.
What’s in the pipeline for 2020?
We’re gonna keep the ball rolling as much as possible, so as mentioned we’ll be looking to cut an album. We’ll also see about doing a tour as well, maybe even a couple if we can make it happen!
Where’s the best place to stay up to date with what you guys are up to?
We’re on basically every major platform, and we tend to post pretty regularly. Instagram and Facebook are great for events, but of course we share them everywhere. We also have a website that has a running feed of everything (mongreldogs.uk). For anyone that wants to check it out or buy our merch (please…) that’s a great place to head. Otherwise, we’ll see you at the shows!
Find out more about Mongrel Dogs here