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Mustard Plug announces new album & single

Mustard Plug announces new album & single
Salad Days

Grand Rapids ska-punk legends Mustard Plug have announced that they will be releasing their 8th studio album titled ‘Where Did All My Friends Go?’ on Friday, September 8th.

The band will be joining the ever growing and exciting roster of Bad Time Records who have carefully cultivated a community around all things ska over the last five years. Once again, Mustard Plug have teamed up with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore at the infamous Blasting Room to produce an album that captures everything that has made Mustard Plug a fan favorite over the last 30 years. On their lead single, ‘Fall Apart’, Mustard Plug weave catchy upstrokes with a rhythm section that feels heavily inspired by new wave and boy does it feel refreshing. ‘Fall Apart’ is available on streaming platforms and Bad Time Records have launched vinyl preorders for ‘Where Did All My Friends Go?’. You might call this new record a “return to form” from that way it captures Mustard Plug‘s youthful energy and excitement, but make no mistake that Mustard Plug has never left. No band embodies the spirit of modern ska music the way Mustard Plug does; relentlessly dedicated to the craft, to their scene, and to a lifetime of playing music purely for the love of it. They’ve seen the “waves” come and go, and through the best and worst of times have stayed true to themselves and to their fans while keeping a consistent touring schedule for 30+ years. They’ve never deviated from their mission to show how important, relevant, and fun ska punk can be, and their new record makes it clearer than ever why they’re able to continue whipping audiences into a frenzy around the world. Mustard Plug will be touring in support of new album throughout the rest of 2023 and will be linking up with Toasters, Half Past Two, Matomska!, Big D And The Kids Table, The Slackers, Stop The Presses on select dates.

Tour Dates:
September 7th @ Reggie’s – Chicago, IL w/ Toasters, Half Past Two
September 8th @ Magic Bag – Detroit, MI w/ Toasters, Half Past Two
September 9th @ Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI w/ Toasters, Half Past Two
September 10th @ Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH w/ Toasters, Half Past Two
October 6th @ El Corazon – Seattle, WA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 7th @ Dante’s – Portland, OR w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 8th @ John Henry’s – Eugene, OR w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 9th @ Cornerstone – Berkeley, CA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 10th @ Catalyst Atrium – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 11th @ Goldfield Trading Post – Sacramento, CA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 12th @ Knitting Factory – Hollywood, CA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 13th @ Garden Amp – Garden Grove, CA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 14th @ Nile Theater – Mesa, AZ w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 14th @ The Holding Company – San Diego, CA w/ Big D And The Kids Table, Matomska!
October 28th @ Heartwood (FEST) – Gainesville, FL
October 29th @ High Dive (FEST) – Gainesville, FL
November 9th @ X-Ray Arcade – Milwaukee, WI w/ Something To Do
November 10th @ Uptown VFW – Minneapolis, MN w/ Something To Do
November 11th @ High Noon Saloon – Madison, WI w/ Something To Do
November 12th @ Blueberry Hill (Duck Room) – St. Louis, MO w/ Something To Do
December 13th @ Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH
December 14th @ Black Cat – Washington D.C. w/ The Slackers
December 15th @ Broken Goblet Brewing – Bensalem, PA w/ The Slackers
December 16th @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY w/ The Slackers
December 17th @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA w/ The Slackers

‘Where Did All My Friends Go?’ finds Mustard Plug creating the most powerful, proficient, and flat out fun songs of their career… no small feat with an 8 album discography full of classics. You can hear everything that has made the band loved and revered throughout their history distilled into these 13 new tracks, along with a proficiency and polish that could only come from years of experience and the production expertise of Bill Stevenson (Descendents, ALL, NOFX, Rise Against).

Album Credits:
Colin Clive – lead & backing vocals, guitar
Dave Kirchgessner – lead & backing vocals
Brandon Jenison – trumpet, backing vocals
Jim Hofer – trombone, melodica, backing vocals
Nate Cohn – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Mark Petz – tenor and bari sax, backing vocals
Greg Witulski – bass, organ, accordion, backing vocals

all songs written by Mustard Plug
2023 Yellow Hand Of Death Publishing (BMI)

Recorded, Mixed, and Mastered at The Blasting Room, Ft. Collins CO
Produced by Bill Stevenson, Chris Beeble, Andrew Berlin
Mixed and Mastered by Jason Livermore
Engineered by Chris Beeble, Andrew Berlin, Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore, Colton Krohn, Jonathan Luginbill, Brittany Helton

Album Art:
Photography: Mitch Ranger Photography
Layout: Michael Sosinski

Photo: Mitch Ranger Photography

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