Episode 112: Mustard Plug w/ Dave Kirchgessner

Mustard Plug is an American ska punk band from Grand Rapids, Michigan, consisting of Dave Kirchgessner (vocals), Brandon Jenison (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.”

Thank you to Aaron Carnes (Episode 111) for the intro to Dave. 

I got him, Dave, on the Skype and this is what we talked about:

  • The Suicide Machines
  • My old band playing a show with them in 2000
  • the Scene in Michigan
  • Moon Ska Records
  • The yellow suits
  • The consistent mustard theme
  • Recording with Bill Stevenson
  • Being on Hopeless Records
  • His thoughts on Pray for Mojo
  • The story behind the video for You
  • And a ton more

You can go to mustardplug.com they have a list of every show they’ve ever played archived

JERSEY INTERCHANGE is an ongoing musical collaboration series that reimagines the songs of the New Jersey punk, hardcore, emo, and ska scenes of the late 1990s / early 2000s. A total of OVER FIFTY DIFFERENT ARTISTS from some of the most beloved bands in the NJ scene cover OVER THIRTY SONGS from other NJ scene bands and artists, and bring a fresh take on the melodies that might have since been buried in basement storage bins, but never forgotten in the memories of the fans who sang along with them over twenty years ago.

Tracks include Heath Saraceno of Midtown and Senses Fail slaying Bigwig’s raucous punk anthem “Flavor Ice”, Mikey Erg of The Ergs! channeling his best nerd-core self on Atom and His Package’s “Punk Rock Academy”, and even comedian/actor Chris Gethard serving up some tasty melodies of his own on Weston’s “Just Like Kurt”. Other artists with songs in the project include Jon Tummillo of Folly, Kevin Lynch and Ed Brown of Shades Apart, Nate Gluck of Ensign, Alf Bartone of Ex Number Five, Jeff Davidson of Catch 22, Jared Hart of Mercy Union, Chris Barker of Lanemeyer, and of course me Mike Doyle!

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