Irish Band of the Week – Mongoose
This week’s Irish band of the week are Mongoose, a fierce foursome of females. Describing their sound as ‘jolk’ (jazz folk) the quartet are eager to shake things up with their fearless focus on continuously developing new sounds. Determined not to be pigeonholed into one genre, the band has no definitive edges to their ‘style’, instead they choose to absorb every new experience and sound, adapting it and using it as an extension of their music and message. In fact, their brilliance and individuality is a direct result of all four members being musicians and songwriters in their own right. This is really what the girls are all about, developing an ever-evolving soundscape, from Russian polkas and delicate folk melodies to aching ballads drawing on accents of pop and jazz music to create a succinctly unique sound. Their amalgamation of music stylings offer subtle nods to the likes of delicate folk harmonies, to ballads with immeasurable beauty to their angst.
With a debut album under their belt and festival appearances galore, including Other Voices, Groove, Knockanstockan, Body & Soul, Longitude and Electric Picnic, this is a band that is unashamedly eclectic in both their instruments, their sounds, and how they craft their beautiful songs. The girls have recently just released their latest single, ‘Doing Things Wrong’, and in traditional Mongoose style it promises to be like nothing you have ever heard before.
Now, they haven’t released a video but you can check out the video for their equally excellent ‘Slow-Burning Feeling’ below.