Lee's Palace Presents
Planet Smashers, Mustard Plug
529 Bloor St. West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1Y5
Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 19 and over
Are you ready to party or what? The Planet Smashers are back with, "Mighty", their fifth full length for STOMP Records that's chock full of summertime party songs to get your ass into party gear. "Mighty" was produced/engineered by Rod Shearer (Bran Van 3000, Bionic, Corey Hart) and co-produced by The Planet Smashers (not to mention mixed on the same board as Madonna's "Like a Virgin"!) Having moved past the dark and critical themes of "No Self Control", "Mighty" is a fun and positive record that will provide the perfect soundtrack to your summer. Be sure to check out the first radio/video single "Explosive" featuring ska legend Neville Staples of The Specials!
Formed in 1994 in Montreal, Quebec, the Smashers's infectious pop infused melodies, rippin' horn licks and killer live shows, quickly established them as the city's "Kings of Ska". They released their first album ("Self-Titled") on Planet Smasher's founder Matt Collyer's own label STOMP Records and hit the road. By 1997 they were no longer a local band, but a national phenomenon, headlining shows across Canada and pushing their second record, "Atttack of The Planet Smashers" which reached #2 on the national college radio charts for 2 months straight. Their third album "Life of The Party" took the continent by storm, aided no doubt by the commercialization of ska by such bands as Mighty Mighty Bosstones and No Doubt. "Life of the Party", The Planet Smashers won the Montreal Independent Music Award for best ska band and drew attention from major labels, bands, publishers and booking agents all over the world.
Although the band received much commercial attention during the ska wave, they decided to continue down the independent road with STOMP Records, which had become and remains a major player in the international independent music scene. Their fourth release, "No Self Control" was produced by Steven Drake (Tragically Hip, Barenaked Ladies, The Odds etc.) and was also well received by national college radio and spawned hit videos such as the animated "Blind" and the tongue in cheek "Wish I Were American".
In terms of touring, not many indie Canadian bands come close. They have headlined countless tours in North America, 3 European tours, been included on 3 Vans Warped Tour as well as a Japanese tour in 2002. They have toured with such acts as AFI, GOB, Satanic Surfers, Sick of it All, Death By Stereo, Mustard Plug, Samiam and countless others.
The Planet Smashers are definitely not just a Canadian phenomenon, with releases in the USA, Europe, Australia and Japan ("No Self Control" reached #14 on the Tower retail charts in Japan). 2003 will see the release of "Mighty" in Europe on Golf Records / Plastic Head, who have also released full-lengths from Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Millencolin, Less Than Jake, Mad Caddies and Snuff among others. 2004 will see the release of "Mighty" on Sky Records in Japan, which will be followed up by a tour sometime this year. Check 'em out on the Ska is Dead….and You're Next Tour (w/Catch 22, Mustard Plug and Big D and The Kids Table) all over the USA in February and April and all over Europe in March. So whether you live in North America, Europe, Australia or Asia, keep an eye out for The Planet Smashers!
"What is in a name?" The members of Mustard Plug must have considered this when they casually came up with the title of what seemed at the time to be a short-lived distraction. While also considering the equally ridiculous "Wanker Daddies," "Shrinky Dinks," and "Cookie Puss," it was the title "Mustard Plug" that was chosen as the masthead to carry forth in the band's crusade to bring ska-punk to their humble abode of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Twenty years, 1500 shows and 200,000 album sales later, it can not be denied that the band has surpassed all expectations and permanently staked their claim in contemporary music.
Mustard Plug started out in the punk clubs, basements and dive bars of the Midwest, playing punk influenced ska music during a time most people in the U.S. had never even heard of ska. They clung to a DIY work ethic that had been ingrained in them from growing up in the 1980's hardcore punk scene and applied it to everything they'd do for the next 20 years. They released their first cassette tape themselves (1992's Skapocalypse Now!), and played constantly to earn enough money to record their first cd. 1994's Big Daddy Mulititude was released on legendary NYC label Moon Records and with their new found national distribution and exposure, the band climbed into their van and performed their music to new fans across North America.
In 1996 the band went to the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, Colorado to record their second cd with their hero, punk legend Bill Stevenson, who at that time had been mainly known as the drummer for the Descendents and Black Flag. This album, Evildoers Beware, was quickly picked up by the then up and coming L.A. punk label, Hopeless Records, and released just as ska-punk music was finally gaining mainstream exposure in the U.S. Evildoers Beware exposed the band to a broader fan base, outside their midwest roots and the international ska die-hards who had thus far rallied around the band. The late 90's became a blur as they hit the road, playing 150 shows a year and opening tours for the likes of Face to Face, The Bouncing Souls, Hepcat, MXPX, Less Than Jake, and many more.
In 1997, the band recorded their version of the Verve Pipe's "The Freshmen" for a local radio compilation. Their version infused ska-punk energy in to a top 40 pop classic and immediately got picked up by several large commercial radio stations coast to coast and became a fan favorite.
The band's momentum continued to grow, allowing them to headline tours throughout North American and eventually Europe, Japan, and Brazil, and play to huge crowds at seminal clubs like CBGB's in NYC, the Metro in Chicago, Emo's in Austin and The Whiskey in L.A.
Towards the end of the 90's the band returned to the Blasting Room to record the critically acclaimed Pray For Mojo and continued to hit the road constantly.
At the beginning of the new millennium, the band continued their mission of bringing their music to the masses. Despite ska music's fall from grace, the band returned to their grass roots base and continued to tour. In 2003, they released the ska-punk gem Yellow #5, this time going to Detroit to self produce and record it. In 2004 the band turned the public's perception of ska on it's head by co-headling the initial run of the Ska Is Dead Tour, playing in front of packed concert halls from coast to coast.
In 2007, the band returned to the Blasting Room to record In Black and White. The album was hailed by many as a return to form, while creating a modern take on the ska-punk genre. Since then the band has continued to tour internationally and write new songs. Several new singles have been released including split 7 inches with Bomb the Music Industry and Montreal's The Beatdown. During the past year, the band has continued to hit the road, including a tour of Europe that saw them at Belgium's massive Groezrock Festival and conquering the 1500th show benchmark in the U.S. The band continues to write songs for an upcoming album.
As Mustard Plug looks back over their twenty years of relentless touring and recording, they are proud of their accomplishments and see no reason to slow down.
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