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Album Review

Mustard Plug aren't trying to reinvent the wheel on Yellow #5; the group is still just chugging away at the strong punk-ska blend that they rode in on years ago. This is another solid outing that continues the path charted on previous albums. "Not Enough," the strongest track here, is a good representative statement with a catchy, pop/punk chorus underpinned by rousing horns. Meanwhile, "Get It Goin' On" leans more to the frenetic punk side of things; the only tip of the hat to ska being the arbitrary presence of horns (buried in the jumble of power chords). The anthemic "Just a Minute" with its euphoric chorus is another highlight, as is the more punked-up "Safe." Overall, however, the group is at its best when relying more on catchy hooks bolstered by the horn section, rather than when trying to rough things up with heavy doses of punk. But Yellow #5 remains another solid effort from Mustard Plug.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Grand Rapids, MI

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Formed in 1991, Mustard Plug established itself as a hard-working independent band. The Grand Rapids, MI-based group, with the help of its label, the California indie ska-punk outfit Hopeless Records, repeatedly toured the United States, Europe, Japan, and South America. It made the rounds of two Warped Tours and participated in the Ska Against Racism tour. Mustard Plug began its career meagerly, releasing the cassette Skapocalypse Now! on its own Dashiki Clout label in 1992. (It would be re-released...
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