5 Minutes With Just Mustard

Dundalk, Ireland, five-piece Just Mustard returned with their hotly anticipated second LP, 'Heart Under', earlier this year and with it gained a legion of fans including The Cure frontman Robert Smith. With plans to take it across the UK in September, we caught up with Katie Ball to get the low-down of what to expect and more!

Check out the full interview below.

Firstly, you’re heading out on tour next month – how does it feel to be preparing for a lengthy run of shows?

We are all really excited, we've spent a lot of time this year playing half an hour slots at festivals and support shows so it will be fun to play longer sets and some songs off the new album for the first time.

Do you think the way you approach performing has changed since the last time you were on the road?

We have pretty much been on the road since the start of March, and I think that we have learnt a lot in that time. Personally, I am getting more and more comfortable on stage with each gig which is great. We don’t really discuss performance approaches though usually just head on out and try to play the songs good.

Setlist wise will you be performing ‘Heart Under’ in its entirety, or will you be spreading the love to ‘Wednesday’ as well?

We will probably squeeze some 'Wednesday' songs in there too, but as its the 'Heart Under' tour they will be the majority.

Do you feel that the four years between ‘Wednesday’ and ‘Heart Under’ was the right amount of time to regroup and focus on something special rather than getting straight back into the studio, or has the release been coming for what seems an eternity?

I'm not too sure as it wasn't a choice for it to be that long! We released three singles in 2019 and were hoping to record and release an album in 2020 so we did actually get straight into it in January 2020 but obviously it all came to a halt. We recorded it in Autumn 2020 but the release got pushed back quite a bit. It did feel like an eternity at the time but time was a bit mental in those few years.

It gained positive reviews from the likes of NME, DIY and even The Cure’s Robert Smith is a fan – is this attention something that reassures you, or do you try not to take too much notice of it?

It’s nice to hear that people like what you have made.

What else can we expect from Just Mustard across 2022 and beyond?

More gigs and more songs I would say.

Remaining tickets for Just Mustard's tour next month are on sale now.

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