Boston based metal / punk crossover outfit Mongrel is pleased to announce that Mike Ariza has joined the band as the new full-time bassist. Ariza previously played for the Las Vegas alternative band Vault’d and was looking for a new band after his return home to Massachusetts not long ago. Guitarist, Adam Savage stated, “We found Mike online, reached out, he immediately was into the music and clicked with us pretty instantly. Within 1 week of meeting us, and 4 days with the tunes he joined us on stage for our show with Drowning Pool and Flyleaf in CT and it was an obvious great fit. We invited him to join the band that day and are really excited to have him be a part of the Mongrel family.” Ariza took over bass duties for Mongrel from Michael Mariano (ex-Affliction guitarist) who had been filling in with the band since December. Mike will make his “official” debut as a member of the band on March 16th at Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA.
Mongrel recently saw the UK release of their recent full length album ‘Reclamation’ via THC-Music/Vanity Music Group with distribution through Code7 / Plastichead. ‘Reclamation’ is now available in brick and mortar outlets throughout Great Britain in addition to digital retailers such as Amazon and iTunes. ‘Reclamation’ was recorded and mixed by Jim Foster (POD, Nullset, Sully Erna) who also did the band’s video for lead off track ‘Bored to Death‘. ‘Reclamation’ was first released in the US on 25 September 2012 by THC-Music (home of American Head Charge, Oedipus, Attika7, etc) and is receiving airplay on DMX, Faction on Sirius/XM, and hit number 41 on the CMJ charts this past fall.
Mongrel also just recently announced a new sponsorship deal with Artist Series Guitars to add to the list of sponsors/endorsements Mongrel has earned over the years including Marshall Amps, Peavey, Seymour Duncan, Dean Markley, Agile Guitars, Monster Cable, In-Tune Guitar Pics, Cocaine Energy Drinks and Cabin Fever Maple Whiskey. ASG recently made Savage’s custom TV Fight guitar based on artwork done by Joey James Hernandez (Otep, Type O Negative, etc). You can check out and order your own Mongrel “TV Fight” guitar at http://artistseriesguitar.com/store/asg-core/mongrel.html