Another sidestep into the world of “good music, even though it’s not really metal or about Satan and death and stuff” with off-kilter acoustic rockers Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5. In the interests of journalistic integrity I have to state that I’m friends with one of the band, but – as ever – check them out to see how damn good they are anyway!
Glasgow-based, the band have been together for some time now and gig locally a lot. A lot. And don’t let the “5” in the name fool you. There are about a dozen of them. I think. It’s all a bit madcap.
Despite numerous videos and songs kicking around, they are only now working towards their debut album to be entitled Party To Make Music To Party to Make Music To Party To 1. The scheduled release date is June 10th with a pre-release party on May 10th at the Glasgow School of Art. They’re funding the album release using pledgemusic, so if you do like the sound of what you sample below then consider throwing a few pennies (or even better, pounds… or tenners…) their way. There are plenty of somewhat off-kilter exclusives for those who help fund it.
At the time of writing, they’re 60% to target with 19 days remaining. Tick-tock, people!
The live shows, though… let me steal from their blurb:
Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5 are the shiny disco ball helmet wearing, ultimate genre hopping, twisted festival, live stage machine that puts the emphasis on music, laughter and entertaining. Like a Dean Martin and Kenny Rogers hybrid with the DNA of Bob Marley and Neil Diamond on mushrooms! Their live show has included laughter yoga, Justin Bieber excorcisms, gaffa-taped crowd surfing, mass group hugs, dance offs, creating beats by getting the crowd high 5ing, sing alongs about dancing in gay discos and being heartbroken by ginger people, Mexican boings (like a Mexican wave but getting the crowd to say boing from one side to the other), pile-ons, trust games, partial nudity and a cattle stampede. Their music is a party at its most outrageous, ridiculous and the crowd are always the 6th Dijon.
How could you not want to witness that? It’s like Lawnmower Deth meets Tragedy meets the condiment trolley at the Marks & Spencer restaurant.
I’ve had a preview listen to the album and there’s a lot of variety on it. Reggae, blues, pop, rock’n’roll… something for everyone. Or, if your tastes are eclectic enough, everything for someone.