Recently I “sat down” with punk bank The Mustard Tigers from my home town in Michigan. Consisting of Jared Micheau on drums and lead vocals, Brett Becks on guitar and backing vocals, and Taylor Donovan with the bass and backing vocals…
1. How exactly did all the members of The Mustard Tigers meet?
The Mustard Tigers came about after a cheap cigar. Jared went to Elmers Grocery Store where Brett worked to cash his paycheck, and Brett was on his way out. Brett offered Jared a cigar and they brought up how they missed being in a band. So we set a date, and got a singer that Brett new and rolled from there. Taylor is actually a part of The Mustard Tigers 3.0 and Jared and Taylor have been in two bands previously. One was a crappy metalcore band that we never speak about, and the other was Alligator Sundae. Alligator Sundae was a weird emo-pop band that we also almost never speak of. Taylor and Brett met at a basement show Alligator Sundae put on. So, we remembered her and how great she was at bass and got her in.
2. How has your experience been with Funeral Records, and how did that come about?
Funeral Records have been very kind to us, and we both kind of helped each other out in a way. (If I may say that.) They were coming around at the same time we were, and they gave us a good kickstart to what ended up to be a great fall tour. They booked our first ever show in Chicago, they feature us on their radio, and they’re really cool guys. As far as how it came about, it seems as though they popped up on our “radar” and we really liked their ideals and purpose so we said “sign us up!”
3. Recently you went on tour with other local punk band Grounded, and often preform shows with them. What is your relationship with them?
Grounded is just a bunch of nerds. No really, they’re basically our older-brother-band. Our first ever show was with them at a local pool hall called “Crazy Joe’s.” Since then, we’ve played dozens of shows with them, went on tour (obviously), and they recorded our EP that’s coming out at Studio 110 productions. They’re pretty rad dudes, and I recommend them to everyone.
4. Where did you get the title for your first album The Shadd Inside Of Us All?
It’s a funny story, actually. When we were recording our first single “Fish Taco” at Studio 110, Jared’s bass at the time had a really messed up annotation and none of the notes he played were in tune. So Shadd (Grounded’s bassist) learned the song and re-recorded the bass. Either Brett or Jared made a comment regarding how Shadd is inside of us. Then it changed to “Shadd is inside of us all”, and it just stuck.
5.How long was the recording process for this album?
In total it took us 3 sessions to finish everything. The first day was just a couple hours of doing scratch tracks on guitar. The second day was a 10-9er with a few little breaks in between. The last day was only 4-5 hours of ruining Jared’s voice on vocal tracks, and it’s just been a waiting game since then.
6. Have you ever experimented with other genres of music?
Aside from Alligator Sundae and that awful metalcore band, we have experimented with a few different musically influenced pieces. A lot of the music we’re writing now has a lot of hardcore and pop-punk influence, which is kind of part of our roots. Other than that, we’ve always been based around punk in some sort of way.
7. Lastly, if you could set one goal for The Mustard Tigers to achieve in the next year, what would it be?
I can’t narrow it down to one, but I think they would be to play some awesome shows with some more awesome bands, record and release a new album this fall, and just have a great time doing it.
The Mustard Tigers first studio album is set to release soon! Until then check them out here…