The group features David Young on drums, his adult son Mike on bass and their guitarist friend Chris Iconis. Together, the trio is making waves playing metro Atlanta’s indie band circuit while putting out a digital album and singles for public consumption.
“I tell folks that some fathers and sons have their twice a month fishing trip; Mike and I have our twice a month rock and roll gig,” David Young said. “For me, it is an enormous sense of pride … and he and I just have natural radar when we play together.”
Both father and son offset mild-mannered careers — David a school counselor in Gwinnett; Mike a math teacher at Lakeside High — with on-stage musical personas.
“What is cool for me is that, despite the age difference, both of these guys want to play MY music, 60s and 70s rock,” the elder Young said. “And, I get a big kick out of playing tunes by more recent bands.”
Come to a Mongooses show and, depending on the night, the set might include an array of covers of songs from the Beatles to Foo Fighters, or, one of the group’s bluesy original tunes. The band has released original material on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, Rhapsody, and many other sites.
Despite the unconventional arrangement neither Young report there ever being a time when things did not gel musically, not even in the band’s genesis.
“Early on my dad taught me some basic things about rhythm and that the bass player should always communicate with the drummer and know where the song is going,” Mike said. “There really wasn’t an awkward period.”
Power struggles have also been non-existent, the band members said.
“We all write and we all suggest cover tunes, so it’s pretty much a democracy,” David said.
Band members usually stay busy with other musical endeavors as well.
Iconis also records and performs with the bands Op Ex and Moon. Meanwhile, Mike’s other group, Daybreaker, is set to release its first album soon.
The trio also teams up with guitarist Craig Neely a few times a year to perform live as Grateful Dead tribute band, the Warlocks. That outfit has played the past two Jerry Day Atlanta celebrations — held in honor of Grateful Dead’s late iconic singer Jerry Garcia — in addition to performing for charities such as the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots drive.