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Just Mustard are a 5 piece band from Dundalk, Ireland. Five friends from a mid-size town in Ireland Katie Ball, Shane Maguire, Mete Kalyoncuoglu, David Noonan, and Rob Clarke, from Dundalk—are pushing out what is quite possibly the most unexpected and exciting sound in rock ‘n’ roll today.

They are the five parts that make up Just Mustard (named for the colour and not the condiment), a band that has played with The Cure, toured with Fontaines DC, and is about to release their highly anticipated second album, “Heart Under”, on Partisan Records, on May 27th. Their first album, 2018’s “Wednesday”, gave us tracks like ‘Tennis’, ‘Pigs’, and ‘Deaf’ this last song packing a melody that sneaks into your eardrum oozing strife and release, with a crunchy, voided finish.

The record is brimming with hypnotism and Lynchian discomfort. It is an album that sounds like it knows you at your worst, and lets you be worse—a comforting sort of uncanny musical companion. 

Accolades don’t come higher than being hand-picked by Robert Smith himself to support The Cure. Just Mustard up next in tonight’s St. Paddy’s Day show with Jameson.

Just Mustard’s forthcoming album tilts its head, living somewhere slightly above and harder to find than its predecessor, indecipherable and undiscoverable in a midnight mist of fuzz and stalking pedal noise. ‘I Am You’ lumbers, throbs, and thrusts its momentum at you, as Katie’s voice tantalizes, raising you up to some strange blue height only to set you back down again. “Heart Under” pushes the band’s technical ability with bolder drum patterns and a more unexpected approach to guitar arrangement and effect implementation, while revealing thoughtful yet simple lyrical imagery. 

Just Mustard – “Deaf”, Taken from ‘Live In Dreams’ concert film.

Following the release of their stunning second album ‘Heart Under’, thrilling Irish quintet Just Mustard bring their genre-pushing soundscape to Nottingham on 21st September.


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Just Mustard have revealed a new single, with a visual accompaniment. ‘Seven’, out on their DIY label Pizza Pizza Records, was produced by the Dundalk band and Chris Ryan, whilst the video is a collaboration between vocalist Katie Ball and guitarist David Noonan alongside Graham Patterson. “Through the imagery we explored themes of perspective, perception and faith, taking inspiration from the lyrics,” says Ball on the video. “Most of the props in the video are things from my bedroom that we made into villains. We were interested in using mixed media in the storytelling so we included some paintings and made some stop motion animation too.”

Occupying the most blistering and jagged end of the sonic spectrum, Just Mustard have been treading the razor sharp cliff edge between light and dark sounds with their latest releases ‘Frank’ and ‘October’, but on ‘Seven’ this dichotomy comes into its own. Katie Ball’s transcendental vocal takes you to seventh heaven, while the rumbling bass and smoky grinding guitar haze anchors you in some kind of deeper underworld.

To let the light in, you must first confront the dark head on – there’s a sense of being pulled between the two, with her tone perfectly poised somewhere between sinister and saintly, with themes of religion, belief and perception threading throughout the lyrics.

Just Mustard have also just announced a UK headline tour, starting in Edinburgh on October

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Just Mustard are a band based in Dundalk, Ireland. Debut album “Wednesday” releases 2/5/18. In the past several years, a new wave of intriguing guitar bands have emerged from Ireland groups that are honing in on a particular kind of rushing-but-brainy punk-inflected rock, or groups that dismantle and implode structures and genres to locate their own unique sound. The Dundalk five-piece Just Mustard belong in the latter category.

Their sound  noisy, electronic-indebted, and often playing like a heavy and foreboding iteration of shoegaze — has already won them acclaim in their homeland, where their debut album Wednesday was nominated for a Choice Music Prize last year. It’s easy to imagine Just Mustard are garnering more international attention in the near future, too.

On the heels of album Wednesday, Just Mustard’s have returned this year with a double single. “Frank,” and its companion, “October.” While “Frank” was a loopy, unnerving track, sounding like images bleeding out of focus, “October” is harsher, and darker. Onstage, their waves of distorted and mutated guitar began to sound like a bunch of chainsaws tossed around in a hurricane. “October” skews closer to that; while its guitars linger like haunting images creeping up in the back of your mind, you can already picture the band unleashing this song live, letting their instruments take over.

Throughout, vocalist Katie Ball sounds like a ghost, a memory. When those guitars first screech in, it’s as if hearing a person erased in front of you. As the track goes on, she returns, fighting against the static that surrounds her. It’s a quietly intense track, suggesting both the tensions and the eruptions Just Mustard have already proven themselves capable of in their young career.