NEW MUSIC & TOUR
September 11, 2023 by Rachael Contreras
Mustard Plug’s new album is finally here! “Where Did All My Friends Go?,” the band’s latest release since 2014’s “Can’t Contain It,” has ska kids turning their stereos up to 11 in excitement.
Building an incredibly loyal following over the years, “Mr. Smiley,” “Lolita,” “You,” and “Beer” kept the crowds coming, and the new tunes just may surprise their new fans on just how cool this band is.
We wanted details on the new tunes, so we caught up with Mustard Plug front-man Dave Kirchgessner, who told us, “We recorded back in January but we had to keep it under wraps. We hooked up with Bad Time Records for the album. They didn’t want anyone to know about it until July. They are very methodical with the way they release information so we’ve had to keep it secret but it’s been fun with the way we’ve dropped videos and seen what people reactions are.”
Several of the new tracks already have videos directed by ska scene popular videographer, Chris Graue. Mustard Plug videos are always made to keep you smiling and the latest ones will follow that path.
Their video for “Vampire” takes aim at a line in the popular Nick Cage vampire movie, “Renfield.” Apparently, Mustard Plug was going to have a song in “Renfield,” but that particular scene was cut. However, their name is mentioned in the dialog, which got the band – and their fans – incredibly excited. For the video, Graue was able to get the same actress, and she actively enjoys this release.
The video to “Where Did All My Friends Go,” is an homage to The Specials Ghost as in the opening scene; well… you can take a look at the video, and you’ll get the Ghost Town vibe.
Of course, a live show from Mustard Plug is the best way to enjoy them and they have several dates ahead. They will be playing at Supernova Ska Fest in Virginia on September 14th-17th!
Who are some of the acts you just might see take the stage you ask? The legends in the genre (that’s who). Starting off with local favorites and Ska-core legends ,Voodoo Glow Skulls, then from the OC – there’s Bite Me Bambi. L.A.’s own – Fishbone, then from across the pond there’s Bad Manners. Other larger than life bands include Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, The Suicide Machines, The Toasters, and so many more!
Mustard Plug will also be touring this fall with Big D and the Kids Table, which includes a stop in SoCal on October 14th at the Garden Amp in Garden Grove. Then the last SoCal stop October 15th at The Holding Company in San Diego.
Get your skankin’ shoes, pomade and leather jackets ready because this is going to be a wild one!
Do yourself a favor, pick up the new album, “Where Did All My Friends Go?” in physical form or online on all streaming services. After all, all the Vampires dig it!
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