The Dundalk band writing heavy songs that sound like the colour purple
“It’s either music or Football in Dundalk; you’ve got to choose one or the other.” I’m getting a demographic breakdown of County Louth’s famous border town, sitting halfway between Dublin and Belfast. My ebullient guide is Just Mustard’s Katie Ball, proud of her birth place and her decision to hit the stage rather than the pitch. “Sometimes worlds collide though when an Oasis tribute band play in town,” she grins.
“It’s got the best football team in Ireland but also the best small music venue in the Spirit Store, which is so supportive of young bands in the area. It’s just a really nice community. If you play at the Spirit Store at least 50% of the audience are going to be musicians so it feels really inclusive. And it’s a border town on the coast so it’s gorgeous.”
Backed by the rest of the band we find ourselves within reach of the coast once more. Tonight Just Mustard play in Brighton as their tour with Fontaines DC – another Irish band riding a big wave – come’s to a close. “The crowds are going totally mad for them and they really have momentum right now,” says Katie, clearly enjoying the ride herself.
“Instead of going for UK bands they’re choosing bands from Ireland to support them which is really positive,” says David Noonan, Just Mustard’s outspoken guitarist. “There are so many that haven’t come to the surface outside of Ireland yet.”