In the words of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, let’s face it: us ska nerds would have to be nothing short of delusional if we didn’t admit that while 3rd wave ska isn’t completely dead, it’s certainly hooked up to life support. Yet through all of the ups and downs, Mustard Plug continues to crank out solid ska albums, and their latest 2014 release Can’t Contain It is certainly no exception.
Grand Rapids, Michigan ska-punks have been at it since 1991, and if their latest album is any indication, they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon (even if it’s been 7 years since their last album In Black And White). Where In Black and White was a bit darker than their earlier stuff, Can’t Contain It takes a completely different direction and is more reminiscent of their really early albums like Skapocalypse Now and Big Daddy Multitude. For the most part, the songs are incredibly light hearted and lean more towards the upbeat ska style than the punk sound, which has become perfect for getting me through this dreary northeastern winter.
Some people might be turned off by the incredibly light hearted material, especially after the band proved capable of diving into a slightly darker sound, but members of the band have stated that “We may have some messages in our music, but essentially we just do this because we love it and we want people to lighten up and have fun.” And if it’s fun you’re looking for, you really can’t go wrong with one of the best ska bands around.
Mustard Plug – Bang!