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Stretch Goal #1
We have surpassed our initial goal! Thanks so much! If we hit the $18,000 mark we will give all the backers a digital "grab bag" ep that will include a combination of alternate new album tracks, electro re-mixe, live songs, and demo cuts.
Stretch Goal #2
If we make it to $24,000 we will do a 6 song acoustic e.p. exclusive to the kickstarter backers which you the backers decide which songs we will play.
Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk influenced ska music during a time most people in the U.S. had never even heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them from growing up in the 1980's hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they'd do for the next 21 years. They released their first cassette tape themselves (1992's Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first cd. 1994's Big Daddy Mulititude was released on legendary NYC label Moon Records and 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 can not be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music.
For their upcoming album, they are returning to the DIY efforts that the band was built upon. By releasing the new record on their own, Mustard Plug have come full circle, going back to their DIY punk rock roots to bring their music to their friends and fans.
But it isn't just the band themselves going on this journey; they are keeping the whole project 'in the family.' Resident bassist and electronics nerd extraordinairre, Rick Johnson, is recording the album at his Grand Rapids, MI based Cold War Studios.
"We practice here, the van lives here, and [the studio] is close enough to my house to walk to," said Johnson. "It just made sense to record here."
"It's also cheaper than paying a 'real' engineer," joked vocalist Dave Kirchgessner.
The Kickstarter campaign will also include artwork from Lansing based artist Craig Horky, who has made a name for himself, and his tireless work ethic, by providing designs and illustrations for bands both domestic and abroad.
The band will also be sending the record to The Blasting Room to be mixed by venerated punk rock veteran, and close friend, Bill Stevenson. Stevenson, best known for his drumming with Black Flag and The Descendants, originally worked with Mustard Plug on their 1996 album Evil Doers Beware. They returned to The Blasting Room for their follow up, 1999's Pray For Mojo, and their last album, In Black and White. Your generous contributions will help The Plug finance the production, manufacture, and shipping of their new record.
The band invites to you join them on the next stage in their journey. It’s been 7 years since the last Mustard Plug masterpiece. If your checkered heart is racing at the thought of new yellow vinyl, clicking the link below will bring it one step closer to your door.
Risks and challenges
The Biggest obstacle in this whole project is just the logistic nightmare of manufacturing all this stuff and getting it out to you guys. Luckily this isn't our first rodeo and have devised a pretty well thought out plan to get the rewards to our backers efficiently.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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