Mustard Plug, CENZO, Sgt. Scag, Thirteen Towers

Mustard Plug

CENZO

Sgt. Scag

Thirteen Towers

Sat · November 17, 2018

6:30 pm

$14.00 - $16.00

This event is 21 and over

Mustard Plug
Mustard Plug
Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk-influenced ska music before most people in the U.S. had ever heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them growing up in the 1980′s hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they would ever do together as a band. Mustard Plug released their first cassette tape themselves (1992′s Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first album – 1994′s Big Daddy Mulititude. Their debut full length was released on legendary NYC label Moon Records (home of Toasters, Hepcat, Dance Hall Crashers, and pretty much every other 90′s ska band of note). 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 cannot be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music.

For their new album, “Can’t Contain It”, Mustard Plug have returned to the DIY blueprint that the band was built upon, while at the same time embracing all the school of hard knocks craftsmanship and wisdom that the band has earned along the way. The band spent the last several years writing new material that was informed by 22 years of songwriting experience while retaining the youthful energy that has endeared them to their fans. They tracked the record at bassist Rick Johnson’s Cold War Studios, giving them the flexibility to experiment and add new layers and dimensions that were not possible given the time constraints on their previous recordings. Many of their musician friends(Dan Potthast, Sean Bonnett, Mark Petz, Corey Ruffin) were tapped to contribute, creating a denser, more intricate sound.

Once the recording process for Can’t Contain It was complete, the band turned to their fans to help finance the mixing and production of their record. Their Kickstarter campaign surpassed all their expectations, doubling their initial goal and re-confirming the support and love of their audience. The tracks were then sent to be mixed at Bill Stevenson’s Blasting Room Studios where Mustard Plug had recorded 3 of their previous albums (including 1997’s breakthrough “Evildoers Beware” and 2007’s “In Black and White”). The result is possibly their most diverse and best record to date.

After tapping their friends and fans to help out with the recording, the band turned to more of their posse to collaborate on the artwork. Underground icon Jeff Rosenstock designed the album packaging, while noted artists Craig Horkey and Larry Kole created alternative limited edition album covers and posters. The final piece came together when at the last minute, No Idea record founder, Var Thelin heard the record and offered to partner with the band on its release. Mustard Plug is excited to be given the opportunity to collaborate with a label known for its’ strong punk rock ethics and underground credibility.

Ultimately, this release is about the community Mustard Plug has built during its’ 22 year existence. Coming full circle back to the DIY scene and the community that the were born out of has helped them to put out their best record to date.
CENZO
CENZO
"CENZO: POP-SKA-REGGAE-CORE from SKA Legend Vinny Nobile.
Cenzo began on December 9, 2001, where Vinny Nobile, Carl Barc and Dave Karcich of Pilfers, joined with Spring Heeled Jack guitarist Mike Pellegrino to perform as Cenzo for a Ska For Youth benefit show to raise money for the Twin Tower Orphan Fund after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Karcich also took the drum position in Avoid One Thing, a band fronted by former Mighty Mighty Bosstones bass player, Joe Gittleman. Following the death of Dave Karcich in 2002, and a subsequent benefit Cenzo played in his honor with all of Dave’s former bands, Cenzo took on a more permanent lineup being backed by Brooklyn’s Douglas Leader between 2003-2006. Cenzo released a full length CD, “Maybe Now” in 2006, and then mysteriously disappeared. 12 years later, the final (CD) lineup, consisting of Vinny Nobile (Bim Skala Bim, Pilfers), Mike Pellegrino (Spring Heeled JackUSA, Lost City Angels, Lord Fowl), Joe Fattorini (Douglas Leader), and Matt Goff (Pencilgrass) will be making surprise appearances for the love of SKA and rock and roll.
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Sgt. Scag
Sgt. Scag
Sgt. Scag (aka Sgt. Scagnetti) was a fixture on the Northeast ska/punk scene in the late 1990’s. Migrating from a ska-pop outfit into a harder more frantic sound, the band’s live shows were unpredictable and fun. They would arm the audience with 100’s of plastic toy swords, split them in half and have the crowd reenact a scene from Braveheart. Really. The Hartford Courant called them a “surefire crowd slayer.” The Hartford Courant is what used to be called a “newspaper.” Songs about dysfunctional parenting, revenge fantasies and drug abuse developed into teen center anthems. After an 18-year break (with a reunion show or two thrown in along the way) the band is BACK. Not a reunion show, but actively writing and recording new material about the drug of nostalgia, illegal firework salesmen and trust fund baby bands. They will play the old stuff too. Don’t worry.
Thirteen Towers
Thirteen Towers
Thirteen Towers, formed in 2007, and is an eight piece Ska/Punk band out of the Wash DC Metro area. Featuring a full vocal and horn section, Thirteen Towers delivers a wide array of original tunes and covers to get their crowds moving. With four albums on the market and having played with acts such as The Mad Caddies, George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic, The Toasters, Big D and the Kids Table, The Slackers, Mephiskapheles, and Kill Lincoln; Thirteen Towers continues to bring that monumental sound for over ten years
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003
http://www.theboweryelectric.com/