Mustard Plug, 4 Aspirin Morning, Something To Do

Mustard Plug

4 Aspirin Morning

Something To Do

Thu. November 9, 2017

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 18 and over

$3 under 21 surcharge collected at the door.

Mustard Plug
Mustard Plug
Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk-influenced ska music before most people in the U.S. had ever heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them growing up in the 1980′s hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they would ever do together as a band. Mustard Plug released their first cassette tape themselves (1992′s Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first album – 1994′s Big Daddy Mulititude. Their debut full length was released on legendary NYC label Moon Records (home of Toasters, Hepcat, Dance Hall Crashers, and pretty much every other 90′s ska band of note). With their new found national distribution and exposure, the band climbed into their van and performed their music to new fans across North America. Twenty-one years, 1500 shows and 200,000 album sales later, it cannot be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music.

For their new album, "Can't Contain It", Mustard Plug have returned to the DIY blueprint that the band was built upon, while at the same time embracing all the school of hard knocks craftsmanship and wisdom that the band has earned along the way. The band spent the last several years writing new material that was informed by 22 years of songwriting experience while retaining the youthful energy that has endeared them to their fans. They tracked the record at bassist Rick Johnson's Cold War Studios, giving them the flexibility to experiment and add new layers and dimensions that were not possible given the time constraints on their previous recordings. Many of their musician friends(Dan Potthast, Sean Bonnett, Mark Petz, Corey Ruffin) were tapped to contribute, creating a denser, more intricate sound.

Once the recording process for Can't Contain It was complete, the band turned to their fans to help finance the mixing and production of their record. Their Kickstarter campaign surpassed all their expectations, doubling their initial goal and re-confirming the support and love of their audience. The tracks were then sent to be mixed at Bill Stevenson's Blasting Room Studios where Mustard Plug had recorded 3 of their previous albums (including 1997's breakthrough "Evildoers Beware" and 2007's "In Black and White"). The result is possibly their most diverse and best record to date.

After tapping their friends and fans to help out with the recording, the band turned to more of their posse to collaborate on the artwork. Underground icon Jeff Rosenstock designed the album packaging, while noted artists Craig Horkey and Larry Kole created alternative limited edition album covers and posters. The final piece came together when at the last minute, No Idea record founder, Var Thelin heard the record and offered to partner with the band on its release. Mustard Plug is excited to be given the opportunity to collaborate with a label known for its' strong punk rock ethics and underground credibility.

Ultimately, this release is about the community Mustard Plug has built during its' 22 year existence. Coming full circle back to the DIY scene and the community that the were born out of has helped them to put out their best record to date.
4 Aspirin Morning
4 Aspirin Morning
Born at the bottom of a 40 oz and raised on an 80s and 90s record collection, The 4 Aspirin Morning (4AM) kicks open the cellar door and resurrects the underground punk/ska scene. The 4AM combines hard rock sensibilities with the grittiness of 80s punk and the catchy hooks of early 90s ska. The result: a wave of guitars that collides with a storm of horns to create a fresher, darker, more aggressive sound.

This strange brew fuels a wildly energetic show that will have you grooving to basslines one minute and skankin' in the pit the next, all the while pumping your fist to the chants of every chorus.

The 4AM formed in early 2009, the result of a group of 8 musicians brought together by a classified ad. Their sound was painstakingly refined little by little in a small second story flat above a modest bike shop.
Something To Do
Something To Do
We're a long-lasting, great smelling ska/rock band from Wisconsin.
Venue Information:
The Frequency
121 W. Main Street
Madison, WI, 53703
http://madisonfrequency.com/