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Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain it

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Upcoming Mustard Plug Florida Dates
Thursday, January 23, at Will’s Pub in Orlando Click here for tickets
Friday, January 24, at Churchills in Miami
Saturday, January 25,  at Loosey’s in Gainesville Click here for tickets
Sunday, January 26, at Beachside Tavern in New Smyrna Beach

Mustard Plug – Can’t Contain It Album Review

I think it’s important every now and then to stop whatever you’re doing, raise your red solo cup, and salute a band in pursuit of party. Mustard Plug’s new album Can’t Contain It certainly encourages this notion.

The album comes across as sort of a motivational speech to dance. Can’t Contain It starts off with a musical kick to the face as the horns in “We Came to Party” hypnotize the listener into a head bobbing, arm flailing, irresistible urge to dance. Not since the Ramones 1976 “Blitzkrieg Bop” have the words “hey, ho” had such feeling behind them. As the chorus echoes these hallowed words, the listener is jolted with energy. The first time I heard “We Came to Party” I was as encouraged to get out of my chair and dance as I was to get out of my chair and chuck it across the room. But, I think it’s this uncontainable burst of emotions extracted from the song that tips a hat to the band’s prominent punk side; while the band’s small but devoted brass section reminds the listener that Mustard Plug intertwines its punk roots with ska vines.

However, Can’t Contain It isn’t all fun and games, as a few songs on the album play to the band’s darker more serious side. While my favorite songs on the album are the thrashy ones like “We Came to Party” and “Aye Aye Aye;” it’s the more solemn songs on the album that suggest Mustard Plug has spent the last seven years since their previous album release, maturing as a band. It’s easy to party, if that’s what you’re good at, and Mustard Plug’s last seven albums are a testament to this. Yet, it is their latest album that proves they’ve come to stand for something more than just party music.

The second to last song on the album, “Perfect Plan” is evidence of this truth. The lyrics in this song are a testament to Mustard Plug’s successful attempt to reach their audience on a deeper level. “Should we start before we end” and “will we make it to the summer” are two questions posed in a song about a relationship that doesn’t quite pan out the way two lovers thought it might. Clocking in at just over two minutes, the song is short, it’s sweet, it’s relatable, but above all else, it’s honest. It’s tough to write a song as honest as “Perfect Plan,” both melodically and lyrically. Yet, it’s even tougher to convey the kind of feeling prevalent in lead vocalist, David Kirchgessner’s voice. It’s rare to find a vocalist as seemingly invested in each and every song as Kirchgessner.

Die-hard fans of Mustard Plug will be pleasantly surprised while new listeners will be hooked. I highly recommend getting a group of friends together, hitting the nearest bar, and blasting Mustard Plug’s newest album Can’t Contain It. You might dance, you might get in a bar fight, or you might even just shed a tear. No matter how you feel after you’ve listen to the album, one things for sure, you know you’ve felt something.

-Joey Farese

Upcoming Mustard Plug Florida Dates
Thursday, January 23, at Will’s Pub in Orlando Click here for tickets
Friday, January 24, at Churchills in Miami
Saturday, January 25,  at Loosey’s in Gainesville Click here for tickets
Sunday, January 26, at Beachside Tavern in New Smyrna Beach

 

St. Augustine’s “Queen Beef” wows Jacksonville fans!


Queen Beef at Jack Rabbits
Queen Beef at Jack Rabbits

Queen Beef Concert Review

From the moment opening act Queen Beef hit the stage, it was a party!

The four man group, from the sands of St. Augustine Beach Florida, played for a SOLD OUT SHOW at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville, Florida. Billed with 3 other bands from around the nation, this 4 band show was a sight to see, and wonderful music to our ears.

Opening act Queen Beef, played high energy songs that got the Jacksonville crowds a jumping. The band is led by lead singer Michael O’Hara who came out twirling in a little pink mini skirt and danced and jumped for 45 minutes straight!

Lead Guitarist Ryan Palm handled the fast paced riffs on a small neck guitar perfectly – every song was on time and the crowd roared with every solo, while bassist Nick Commodity sweated every note as he feverishly pounded on his bass to the super fast tempo of the set. Commodity wore a Misfits shirt that everyone loved the minute he came in the door, I thought he was the bouncer at first – then he grabbed the bass, plugged in his amp, and jammed to the delighted crowd at Jack Rabbits. Fianlly, drummer Matty Pius did not stop his barrage of thunder drums until the set was over. He played so fast that sweat was pouring from his soaked body like rain. High energy bands like Queen Beef, are always welcomed in the Jacksonville area.

After the show, the band graciously signed autographs and came back later in the evening to hang with the fans.  This show will be remembered by a lot of fans of the underground scene.  They came wearing ripped clothes, make up, wild hair styles, and a passion for Punk Rock Music!

We enjoyed this show and can’t wait to see them again soon, and recommend them to anyone if they are playing in your area!

See more Queen Beef show photos here: Queen Beef at Jack Rabbits

As always , thanks to Jack Rabbits venue in Jacksonville Florida , where concerts are happening every other week, and the locals love to come out to see the cool bands play their hearts out.

Also,thanks to Rarasfarm.com for making this event coverage available to us die hard fans of Punk Music! Watch for my three other reviews from this 4 band event from Jack Rabbits coming soon on this website. Enjoy the pictures from the show , on this website from all 4 bands, and comments are always welcome in our blogs.

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The Bastard Suns Shine in Sanford


I knew I liked these guys the moment I saw their tagline: “a reggae infused punk rock sound with a little bit o’ Irish whiskey on top.” I’ve always felt that reggae and Irish rock were a perfect pairing (see New York’s Black 47 for a prime example) and was immediately intrigued by The Bastard Suns.

I went into the night unfamiliar with the band and their music and failed to realize that the crazy guys jumping on and off the stage for impromptu cameos during Knock-Out’s opening set were the effervescent members of The Bastard Suns.  It was apparent early in the night that the quartet out of Atlanta love rock music and love performing.

Their nearly two hour set at Sanford’s cool West End Trading Company was a raucous energetic show that had the crowd dancing, bouncing. moshing and singing along throughout.  The bands music is rough and edgy yet amazingly precise.  They’re excellent musicians offering up a superb mix of reggae, ska and punk, all with a hearty Irish twist.  It’s a damn good mix and an absolute blast to listen to.

The Bastard Suns at West End
The Bastard Suns at West End in Sanford

“Start A Party” epitomized the band’s sound – a rollicking, feverish onslaught of fast-paced punk ska, that was performed perfectly.  The musicians are all excellent and absolutely shined on this track, which is driven by rapid fire vocals and a powerful bass solo. “Wasted” was another crowd favorite that was accompanied by the band doing a shot of Jameson’s with a pickle juice chaser.  The drink sounds nasty, while the song was nasty in a good way.  Most of their selections were originals, including the guitar powered “We’d Go For Broke (But We’re Already There)” which they played for a member of The West End’s staff.

In addition to their excellent originals, they played a few cover songs, all stamped with their own unique Bastard Suns spin.  “Maggie May” was offered with a unique twist and we heard a punkified version of Dire Straits’ “Walk of Life.” One of the highlights of the show was a tremendous version of “Soulshine,” which was introduced as a song from Georgia’s greatest band, The Allman Brothers. Here’s a Youtube version of the band performing it live.  Good, good stuff.

Knock-Out, a trio from Riverside, California warmed the stage up and offered up a powerful set of aggressive punk with a touch of ska. As noted earlier, they had a great rapport with The Bastard Suns and shared the stage several times throughout the evening.

UNRB, a local ska band out of St. Petersburg was a great discovery.  This group of six was an absolute blast.  They offered up a fun blend of crisp ska, in a line-up that didn’t include a guitarist.  Bass, drums, a three piece brass section, and an electric ukulele – an unusual approach, but it was fantastically fun, and highly recommended.

For those of you who have not made it out to West End, take a look at their concert calendar and make a trip out to the Sanford waterfront.  They offer up great local and national acts in a cozy local rock room.

Rock On!
Cretin