Massachusetts based aggressive rock band Mongrel are looking for supporters of “evolution” over the next 30 days. The female fronted band is gearing up to hit the studio to record a new 5 song Ep entitled ‘Evolution’ this summer with basic tracking to be done at Red 13 Media in Framingham, MA. Jim Foster (Sully Erna/Godsmack, Shinedown, POD, Nullset, Bam Margera), who produced the band’s last 3 releases will once again be behind the board. Mongrel’s goal, with the backing of friends, fans, and supporters is to have the Ep mixed by Dave Fortman, whose track record (beyond being a member of Ugly Kid Joe), includes work with Slipknot, Mudvayne, Snot, Soil, Otep, Godsmack, and Evanescence. “Dave’s work with these bands and ability to get a big sounding, aggressive mix while maintaining the balance enough to keep it playable seems perfect for the songs we’ve been working on,” states band founder/guitarist Adam Savage. “The new material really allows Jess (Sierra) to shine vocally, and lets our newer members (Mike Hogan on drums and Michael Ariza on bass) really show their chops as well. It really is taking what we do to the next level, the next “evolution” of the band as it were. Hence the name of the new Ep.”
Being an indie band without major label support and funding, Mongrel has set up a Kickstarter campaign and is looking to raise a goal of at least $3,000 to cover mixing costs. Any extra money raised will go towards production/packaging and marketing for the new release. A tentative mid winter release plan has been set for ‘Evolution’ with specific details to be announced late summer/early fall. Reward levels start out as low as $2 to allow everyone to be able to participate. Higher level contributions will get rewards ranging from limited edition DVDs, exclusive T-shirts, the “Cookie Monster” costume from the band’s recent “C & a 1/2” video below, a rare Gibson Explorer guitar, and even a custom “Mongrel” Artist Series Guitar.
Mongrel’s newest album Reclamation, was released digitally in September of 2012 via THC:Music and to brick and mortar outlets in May of 2013 through Vanity Music Group. Reclamation was sixth most added in its CMJ chart debut, and peaked at #43 on the CMJ charts, spawning videos for the songs “Bored to Death” (http://youtu.be/nZiczkduf2E) and the aforementioned “C & 1/2“.
In the coming months in addition to recording the new Ep, Mongrel will be playing with Godsmack (8/10, Giford, NH), headlining a show at the Palladium in Worcester, MA on August 16th, and returning to Boston MA on August 17th for a show at the Hard Rock Cafe.