"A hard candy coating surrounding a creamy center, lightly sprinkled with multicolored dashes of psychedelia, loaded with cool 'n' steady burning, robust flavor that always tastes fresh."
Having fronted many different outfits over the years Mick's songs manage to contain a little slice of each of the roads he's traveled. It's hard not to compare him to another musical Jack-of-all-trades in the legendary Songwriter/Producer Nick Lowe, as Mick also happens to be known for slinging a 4 string electric bass in addition to pickin' the six string. A veteran of the business, Mr. Hargreaves has cracked the code of what it takes to create some seriously infectious American pop/rock.
The compilation CD of his music titled "BEST" enjoys an April 10 2013 release date, and he's already back at work with his Lantern Sound Recording Rig to begin the follow-up, a new recording with his band The King Guys. He's just finished co-producing the Butcher's Blind "Destination Blues" CD, due this spring on Paradiddle Records, and he'll soon head out on an acoustic duet tour of the Mid-Atlantic USA with Pete Mancini in April 2013, making stops all over LI, NYC, Brooklyn, Queens, Hoboken NJ, Philadelphia PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia.
Since their debut at the Grey Horse Tavern (Bayport NY) on July 30th 2011, MICK HARGREAVES & THE KING GUYS (Mike Bifulco, Gary Dawson, Don Mangels, Chris Mehos, Jen Hargreaves-Pawliczak, with Pete Mancini, Jeff McLary, and Tom Ryan) have gone on to perform at the Rodeo Bar (NYC) and the Stephen Talkhouse (Amagansett, NY), and opened the Great South Bay Music Fest (Patchogue, NY) on the main stage Friday, July 13th 2012.
"Redemption Center II" (with appearances by members of Butcher's Blind, The Montauk Project, and the King Guys) was released on Sept 27th 2012. All releases are available at http://mickhargreaves.com
Mick made a music & video contribution to Chris Butler's "Major Glitch" (Guinness Book of World Records' longest pop song ever recorded). A 2009 single/video paired a lavish Brian Wilson-meets-Phil Spector treatment of the late great Gary Jude Anderson's "Bridget" with a down-home front-parlour reading of Mick's "Can't Keep Track of You Blues", featuring Gene Casey (Lone Sharks) and Matty Liot (Montauk Project) on guitars. -
Mick's been the cornerstone bassist (a founding member, too) at the New York Roots Music Association (NYRMA). The list of other artists incorporating his low-end sounds, singing and guitar work is lengthy. He produces his recordings (and some by others, most recently The Dixie Bee-Liners and Butchers Blind) with his Lantern Sound Recording Rig.