|Origin||Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States|
|1991- 2002, 2007-present|
|Labels||Hopeless, No Idea Records|
|Ska-P, Mad Caddies, Bomb the Music Industry!, Rick Johnson Rock and Roll Machine the parka kings|
Mustard Plug is a ska punk band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, consisting of Dave Kirchgessner (vocals), Brendon Jenson (trumpet), Jim Hofer (trombone), Nate Cohn (drums), Colin Clive (guitar/vocals), and Rick Johnson (bass).
Formed in 1991, the band has regularly toured throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America. They have toured with the Warped Tour twice, and participated in the Ska Against Racism Tour. As of 2014 , the band has released seven studio albums and continues to tour actively.
Explaining the band's goal, Jim Hofer said, "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."
The band formed in 1991 after Colin and Dave both attended a Special Beat show. The band's original members were Dave Kirchgessner, Mike McKendrick, Colin Clive, and Anthony Vilchez. There was virtually no ska scene in Grand Rapids at the time, so Mustard Plug was able to develop a unique sound and draw a large following.
Brendon Jenson stated in an interview that their band name originated when "a guy in the early stages of the band was making a sandwich and that crusty stuff that forms on the mustard bottle when you put it in the fridge without wiping it off first gave him an interesting idea for a name."
The band celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2011 with a national tour.
In 2012 the band had an idea for a live album called Mustard Plug:Live!, but cancelled in favor of their 2014 album Can't Contain It, the recording of which was funded via Kickstarter. The album features cover art by Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb the Music Industry.
In 1995 the band were featured on On Safari With Beat Happy Music.
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