Singled Out: Mustard Plug Share The Story Behind What Does She Know?

01/14/2014
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Ska punks Mustard Plug are releasing their 7th full-length album, "Can't Contain It," today and to celebrate we asked Colin Clive to tell us about the song "What Does She Know?" and we got more than we bargained for! Here is the story:

The song "What Does She Know?" is one of the first songs that was written for our new album, Can't Contain it. Oddly for such a short and simple song it probably has more influences than the rest of our songs put together. I had very specific goals with this particular song and I think I was able to hit them all very tastefully.

First and foremost I wanted it to have the feel of one of my favorite bands, The Planet Smashers. It needed to be catchy, insanely danceable, and something that would be stuck in your head for days. Not necessarily a rock song but it needed to be rockin'. I love The Planet Smashers and their consistency of putting out insanely fun and thoughtful songs is staggering. I hope I did them justice.

Secondly, I wanted to borrow the "vocal doing the horn line" technique that Chris Murray (Venice Shoreline Chris, King Apparatus, etc) has adopted and made a trademark on his solo recordings and acoustic performances. I'm not saying he invented the technique but he definitely made it the most memorable and recognizable in my mind. Check out his Venice Shoreline Chris solo material if you haven't yet.

Lastly I wanted to write a song about my dog. I know, who writes songs about their dog? Well, probably a lot more than you realize I imagine. This was probably loosely inspired by the awesomeness of the song "Fox" by Millencolin. Theirs is a song about a scooter, mine's a song about my pup. I actually have both. Hmm. maybe I should write a new song about "my" scooter next! Nah, would never be as good as that Millencolin song.

As I recall, the song came together quickly compared to a lot of our songs. I don't remember there being much, if any rewriting, restructuring etc.. Probably one of my favorite lines in any of the songs I've written for the band resides in this track. Can she tell time? I don't know. Guess I could Google it.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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