Plug - Pray for Mojo
Album for the Plug Faithful
recently released third effort of Michigan's very own Mustard
Plug follows right in the footsteps of the two previous. What
was once a lesser-known member of the midwest's sprouting
third wave ska scene has gained nationwide recognition through
extensive touring and major compilation appearances. Easily
one of the most consistently impressive ska acts to see live
releases its newest, Pray For Mojo.
course of Big Daddy Multitude and Evildoer's Beware,
the "Plug" has built a reputation of songs with catchy enough
rhythms that you swear you've heard the song before, even
though you just bought the album. With lyrics which playfully
mock life's experiences, it's not hard to understand how a
loyal following has been built.
For Mojo follows suit with another 12 upbeat tracks which
show how Mustard Plug likes to dabble back and forth between
Third Wave and punk guitar riffs. "Not Giving In" brings in
a newer flavor for the band which is both one of the most
original and interesting tracks on the album. The next three
move through trademark strong songwriting by the band until
someone decided to stick Mustard Plug in a room with Murphy's
Law to come up with "Throw a Bomb." "Lolita" plays around
with the movie everyone loves to hate and will definitely
be a big request at shows.
it's a great follow-up to the previous two albums and shows
how an original ska song can be written without falling into
the cookbook recipes for ska songs as of late. Unfortunately,
with the exeption of "Yesterday," Pray For Mojo fails
to find a way to incorporate the incredible live energy that
really makes the band jump. Buy the album, learn the words,
see them live to get the REAL Mustard Plug!