Mongrel Biography

Mongrel are a group formed in 2008, by former Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson. Alongside Nicholson in the band are Jon McClure and Joe Moskow, both of Reverend and the Makers, Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell and Matt Helders from Arctic Monkeys as well as London rapper Lowkey from the Poisonous Poets.

Mongrel released their first album Better Than Heavy on the 7th March 2009. The content of their music is political, with the majority of their songs having lyrics which challenge government issues. The band have announced they will play a show at London's Boston Arms on November 5, with a four track digital EP due for release the same day. Released on the Wall of Sound label, the EP feature debut track "The Menace".

For the album, McClure stated "We had Saul Williams come in and do a thing on it and hopefully M.I.A. is going to do something and maybe Pete Doherty. It's got a good flavour... We're really taking a few people to task, kind of like we're Public Enemy or something." In an interview with The Guardian, McClure also expressed a desire to record in Venezuela and work with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez for the band's second album..

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Mongrel to headline No Passport Necessary festival

The multi-cultural festival takes place in London this May

  • Apr 17, 2009

Mongrel rapper Lowkey detained in Israel airport

Star released after nine-hour ordeal

  • Mar 3, 2009

Mongrel to give away album free on Saturday (March 7)

'Better Than Heavy' to be given away with a newspaper

  • Mar 2, 2009

Reverend discusses ex-Arctic Monkeys man's musical rebirth

Jon McClure is full of praise for Mongrel bandmate Andy Nicholson

  • Jan 30, 2009

Mongrel plan Venezuelan album 'with Hugo Chavez'

Jon McClure has big intentions for the indie supergroup's second album

  • Jan 5, 2009

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