Mustard Plug
Evildoers Beware!


4.0
excellent

Review

by Atari CONTRIBUTOR (110 Reviews)
March 19th, 2013 | 16 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This is your brain on ska.

Listening to ska music is no ordinary experience. It almost seems to create a feeling of warmth and comfort in the listener with its undeniably cheerful nature. Although the genre has existed in some form or another since the late 50’s, it has never been as downright fun as it was in the 90’s. As the third-wave of ska was reaching the US, bands like Reel Big Fish and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones were making huge waves with their eccentric take on ska. However, during this time many people overlooked one of the most enjoyable, uniquely-named bands to ever emerge from the genre. This band is, of course, Mustard Plug.

Formed out of Michigan in the early 90’s, Mustard Plug were easily one of the most enjoyable third-wave ska bands. They possessed all the qualities one would expect from the genre at the time, from the blaring trumpets and trombones to the often humorous lyrics. However, of all their albums none of them can quite match the consistency or energy of 1997’s Evildoers Beware! Released by Hopeless Records, their third effort is full of confidence and it stands proud as a definite turning point for the band.

Although Mustard Plug were still relatively unknown with the release of their sophomore album, they finally got the attention they deserved with the release of Evildoers Beware! It’s not hard to see why it remains a fan favorite as it’s packed with some of the most lively, over-the-top songs the band have written in their career. Tracks like ‘Box’ and ‘Mendoza’ are full of loud trumpets and contain some truly addicting choruses. However, it’s not just the vibrant trumpets that give these songs such an enjoyable sound. The bass is surprisingly audible throughout the album as well and the electric guitars are used sparingly alongside the horns which helps enhance the band’s sound. Thankfully, the band also have a very unique vocalist who proves to be the perfect fit for the genre. His voice is full of attitude and a level of quirkiness that helped shape Mustard Plug’s sound.

Like beer? Well so do Mustard Plug and this album also happens to be the home of one of the band’s most alcohol inspired tracks in the form of ‘The Beer Song.’ Not only is it one of the album’s best offerings, but it’s quite simply one of the most outgoing, ridiculously fun songs of the band’s career. It’s exactly the kind of ska song that seems to overtake your brain and enhance your mood with its upbeat, encouraging sound.

For those who have yet to experience the awesomeness that is Mustard Plug, Evildoers Beware! is the perfect place to start with the band. It’s perhaps their most addictive album to date and is bound to excite the listener with some of the band’s biggest songs. Not only is it an important album for the band, but it’s an influential album for ska music in general that shouldn’t be overlooked.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool band that needs some more attention around here

you know the drill, criticism encouraged. going to bed soon but i'll take a look at the feedback/suggestions in the AM.


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Tyrael
March 19th 2013


20945 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!

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afoolonahill
March 19th 2013


125 Comments


sounds cool! will check out

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Kaleid
March 19th 2013


711 Comments


You made me listen to The Beer Song. Tremendous fun. Gonna check the rest out.

CaptainHadouken
March 19th 2013


1960 Comments


Good review Atari, pos'd. Might give this a listen now. Heh it sounds interesting

afoolonahill
March 19th 2013


125 Comments


also, happy 69th review (giggidy) have a pos

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys!

@Kaleid, yeah man that song's a blast glad u like them

greencorn5
March 19th 2013


217 Comments


I am so lucky I had a cool older sister, I probably saw Mustard Plug 10 times between the ages of 12 and 15. This was my favorite album.

demigod!
March 19th 2013


44978 Comments


nice review Atari. i have this album but haven't listened to it quite enough. feels like around a 3.5-4. gonna have to re-jam soon, i think.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks demi. The Album before this (big daddy multitude) is pretty damn good too.

@greencorn, Man you're lucky I would love to see this band live. Did u get the reference in the summary then? ;)

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you sound like KILL lol but thanks for the pos man

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol that's just the kind of thing i can picture KILL saying. (minus the pos)

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2013


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lol you should listen to this andcas

spongie68
April 27th 2013


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

just got this album-i've umm'd and aaah'd about getting it for ages.now i did finally get it,im glad i did.

xfearbefore
April 8th 2014


1246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Beer Song is so awesomely catchy. Miiiight be their best song.

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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 8th 2014


20063 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Whoah somebody actually commented on mustard plug. Ya beer song is da best



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