When I learned about Mustard Plug’s new release scheduled for 9/11/07, I was stoked. Mustard Plug has been one of my favorite ska bands for quite some time, and it’s about time for a new album. In Black and White does not disappoint.
The album takes a different direction than the happy, upbeat silly songs of Mustard Plug that we’ve come to know and love. In Black and White is heavier, both musically and lyrically. The lyrics are much more serious, and with the exception of a few songs, the music isn’t all that upbeat, taking a darker (up)stroke of ska. Dave’s vocals seem much more gruffer, where he is almost growling the lyrics. Songs like “Puddle Of Blood” and “Over The Edge” emphasize the heavier side of Mustard Plug. However, they are still Mustard Plug, and still give us what we are expecting in songs such as “Hit Me Hit Me” and “What You Say”. If you like ska at all, I highly recommend you go and pre-order this album now.