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Swingin’ Utters Part Ways With Drummer

Swingin Utters 2013Swingin’ Utters have parted ways with long time drummer Greg McEntee.  Here are his parting words:

“Since forming the Swingin’ Utters with friends in the 80’s, I’ve spent most of my life playin’ in the band. So with a heavy heart I announce that I’m leaving. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve traveled and played music around the world with friends. I’ve met, played with and became friends with some of my most admired musicians. As a kid, music helped me to survive and it was always my dream to tour the world. I appreciate the life I was given and was able to share it with the Utters. To my friends Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski, words fail me. We three have been to hell and back. We remained the core of the Utters and are survivors. To Jack Dalrymple, Miles Peck, all Utters past and present, the decades of fans’ support, Mike, Erin, all at Fat Wreck Chords, Stormy and Leave Home Booking, I thank you fer all you’ve done and I got nothin’ but love fer y’all. Wherever my musical journey takes me next I hope to see y’all and continue our friendships. Peace & love.”

The band released Fist Full Of Hollow last year on Fat Wreck Chords

Darius Koski - Sisu

Darius Koski

Sisu

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Whenever an entrenched punk frontman announces solo intentions as a folk-punk troubadour, it’s hard not to proceed cautiously.  After all, it’s a crowded scene, and anything short of inspiring just won’t cut it amidst front runners like Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause, Sundowner, Brendan Kelly and Jason Cruz.  After sitting on the sidelines observing his Fat Wreck peers, Swingin’ Utters co-vocalist Darius Koski joins the party with his first solo effort, Sisu.  Rest assured you can leave any of that aforementioned skepticism at the door – Sisu fast reveals itself as one of the most dynamic acoustic/folk solo debuts of the year.  

Darius Koski embraces a refreshingly traditional approach to country and folk that distances him from his counterparts.  Sisu’s fifteen tracks play out in forty minutes of geographically and generationally varied inspirations rooted in a dusty, gritty and genuine delivery.  “Fond Of, Lost To,” with its clear old-country leanings and thumping bass, fits the bill as an opening strummer.  Rooted in a honky tonk core, Koski’s rustic persona lives on the surface of simple tracks like “Listen!” and “Do Nothing.”  The twanging distortion and deep, accompanying melodic baritone vocal harmonies make for quick tempoed strummers informed from a career of writing punk tunes.  An entire album in this style would have been a strong statement, but Sisu eyes much grander aspirations.

If only for a song or two at a time, Darius Koski pulls from all walks of punk-infused, country lovin’ life.  For instance, traces of Tater Famine and Greenland Is Melting flavour “Empty Thing’s” sultry acoustic notes and gliding beat.  Like something from an idyllic sunny-day blue-sky movie montage, the effect feels foreign in Koski’s songwriting career – but it works.  Confidence is key in “Tension Talk” as the song draws upon a rustic rambler attitude akin to Larry & His Flask.  Meanwhile, “Contacts and Contracts” breezily sails along with a poetic acoustic poise typically reserved for moody indie-folk outfit Have Gun. Will Travel.  “Bells” even channels a heavy 60’s psychedelia with Koski slowing down and forcing out a wiry vocal presence circa Robyn Hitchcock.  Alternatively, the violin and piano duo in “Paper Tigers, Plastic Lions” make for some sort of cinematic, suspenseful amalgamation of gothic folk origin – the type that put Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Butcher Knives and early Elliott Brood on the map.  But perhaps the most encouraging surprise is the downright addictive and poppy nature of “Show Me The Way’s” whistling country chorus (I found myself whistling this tune for weeks on end).

Sisu only loses steam momentarily during some of the slower, sappier moments.  “So Help Me” and “On Leaving” lack the instrumental “oomph” of their counterparts, falling in the shadow of the album’s masterful and emotional concluding piece, “Everybody Leaves.”

“I’m always just passing through, I’m always on the move,” proclaims Koski during the album’s final moments – and you’d be hard pressed to find a more representative description of Sisu’s diverse eclectic path.  Simply put, Darius Koski is a sonic nomad that refuses to stay pinned down by any one style.  That Koski keep listeners guessing as to Sisu’s evolving path makes for an entirely original and worthwhile experience that more than justifies Darius Koski’s inaugural solo effort.

Video: Swingin’ Utters – Fistfull Of Hollow

Swingin Utters 2013Swingin’ Utters has premiered a brand new lyric video.  The video features the track “Fistfull Of Hollow” and appeared on their latest full length of the same name, released last year on Fat Wreck Chords

Watch the video below.  Tour dates are below.

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Swingin Utters - Fistful of Hollow

Swingin' Utters

Fistful of Hollow

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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

There is a definitive sound that comes to mind when you think about blue collar punk rock and roll. Bands like Street Dogs, Knucklehead and Dropkick Murphys have created a sound that blends English street punk with Americana and folk influences, bridging the gap between Woody Guthrie and The Clash. The band that arguably best exemplifies this sub genre is the Swingin’ Utters, a great punk group that isn’t afraid to turn down their amps and sing a campfire song now and then.

Fistful of Hollow starts off strong, with the catchy Agonist, which wears its ’77 punk influence like a badge. It has a bouncy guitar line that sticks in your head and snarled lyrics that would make Johnny Rotten proud. Both Alice and the title track are straight forward punk rock songs, played fast and loud. The sauntering End of the Weak is a reprieve from the fast pace; a slow folk song with banjo accompaniment. They explore garage rock with I’m Not Coming Home. The guys go pop on Tibetan Book of the Damned, an interesting song that looks back at the heyday of AM radio and catchy melodies, in direct contrast to the lyrics about the end of the world. The spirit of The Clash is alive on Napalm South, a fun song musically that seems designed for barroom sing alongs, despite the bleak lyrics. Johnny Bonnel’s vocals are road worn and comfortable, a defining part of the Utters’ sound. Lyrically Fistful of Hollow explores dark existential themes over raw punk music, like Springsteen if he’d listened to more Stiff Little Fingers.

The group have experimented with their sound a little over the past few releases, but Fistful of Hollow is a comprehensive look at the Swingin’ Utters sound, drawing in their various influences into a cohesive album experience. They have always played their brand of street punk with passion, but this is the best release from the band since the 90s. 

Swingin’ Utters – I’m Not Coming Home

Swingin Utters 2013Swingin’ Utters has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “I’m Not Coming Home” and is set to appead on their recently announced new full length of the same name, due out November 11, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords

Give the song a listen here courtesy UnderTheGunReview.

Swingin’ Utters – Fistfull Of Hollow

Swingin Utters 2013Swingin’ Utters has premiered a brand new song.  The track is titled “Fistfull Of Hollow” and is set to appead on their recently announced new full length of the same name, due out November 11, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords

Give the song a listen here courtesy AltPress.

Tours: Lagwagon / Swingin’ Utters (US)

LagwagonLong running California punk act Lagwagon has announced pans for a late Fall US tour with Swingin’ Utters.  The band continues to gear up for the support of their first new full length in almost a decade, Hang!, due out October 28, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Swingin’ Utters are currently planning new material for 2015.

Tour dates are below.

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Swingin’ Utters Announce New Album

Swingin Utters 2013Swingin’ Utters has announced plans for their next full length.  The dsic will be title Fistful Of Hollow and is due out November 11, 2014 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Front man Johnny Bonnel tells fans what they can expect:

“This is probably the most excited I have been for a Swingin’ Utters release. On Poorly Formed it was the first time Jack got involved in the song writing. On Fistful of Hollow we got Miles chipping in for the first time. Collaborating on art has got to be one of the most gratifying things for me. I’m surrounded by truly unique and interesting brains in the Swingin’ Utters. Working with Chris Dugan was the glue. He’s such an easy-going dude and he gets us. I can’t wait for the next one.”

Thw album will follow 2013’s Poorly Formed.

Stream: Swingin’ Utters “Chain Gang Reaction(ary)”

Swingin Utters 2013California punks Swingin’ Utters are streaming a track from their upcoming 7″ Stuck in a Circle. The never-before-released song is titled Chain Gang Reaction(ary) and has the band experimenting with a slightly different sound. Vocalist Darius Koski said this:

“This one’s a little different for us; (we were) trying to mix things up a bit, I wasn’t really sure if this’d fit into our thing, but we made it work. I was trying to unleash our inner BRMC (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) or something”

You can stream Chain Gang Reaction(ary) here. The Stuck in a Circle 7″ is available from Tuesday Nov 26th.

 

 

Video: Blacklist Royals “Righteous Child”

Blacklist Royals 2013Nashville’s Blacklist Royals have released a lyric video for their new single Righteous Child, which was released on 12th November via Paper and Plastick Records. The song is taken from their long awaited follow up to 2010’s Semper Liberi, titled Die Young With Me, due to drop in 2014.

The band are currently on the road with the Swingin’ Utters. The lyric video for Righteous Child and full tour dates are available below:

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New 7″ From Swingin’ Utters

Swingin UttersSwingin’ Utters has announced details for a brand new three song 7″.  The release will be titled Stuck In A Circle and features the title track accompanied by a cover of No Use For A Name‘s “Not Your Savior” and the unreleased track.  The album is set to drop on November 26, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.

Track listing can be found below.

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Toy Guitar Stream New Song; Announce EP Release Dates

Adeline RecordsToy Guitar are streaming a track taking from their upcoming debut EP. The track, entitled Words Between Us, can be heard here.

Toy Guitar, which compromises members from Swingin’ Utters and One Man Army, will be releasing the EP digitally on September 3rd and physically on October 15th. You will be able to pick up vinyl pressings via Interpunk.com and Adeline’s webstore. The run is limited to 500 and will come in green and white.

Tours: Swingin’ Utters

Swingin UttersSwingin’ Utters has released a collection of upcoming tour dates. The band continues to support their latest full length, Poorly Formed, released back in February via Fat Wreck Chords.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Swingin’ Utters Full Album Stream

Swingin UttersSwingin’ Utters has released a full album stream for their upcoming new record, Poorly Formed, due out February 19, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.  

Listen to the full disc here courtesy AltPress.

The album follow’s 2011’s here under protest.

Swingin’ Utters & Modern Action Release Split 7”

Swingin UttersTwo of Northern California’s finest combine forces, the Swingin’ Utters & Modern Action, to release a split 7″. The legendary Swingin’ Utters clock in with a new unreleased song called “The Fake Rat of Dave Navarro” and a great, raw, stripped down song that brings you back to the 1992 Scared-Era of the Utters! Modern Action contributes “Where the girls are” – one of their fastest songs to date and also their first new song since their debut LP in 2010. Songs are exclusive to this 7 inch split only.

The 7” is limited to 650 copies and new merchandise can be purchased  here.

 

Swingin’ Utters – Brains

Swingin UttersSwingin’ Utters has released a brand new song.  The track is titled “Brains” and is from their upcoming new record, Poorly Formed, due out February 19, 2013 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Singer Johnny Bonnel comments:

“Jack wrote the music, I wrote the lyrics… This was my favorite music Jack sent me to write a song to. When we went in to record a rough demo for this, it was originally titled ‘He Must Respect The Chemistry’ and needed some tweeking. ‘Brains’ was inspired by my wife, Velvet Underground’s ‘Sunday Morning,’ The Cure, and The Walking Dead. It’s never just one thing!”

The album will follow 2011’s Here Under Protest.

Swingin’ Utters Promise New Full Length For 2013

Swingin’ Utters has announced that the band is planning the release of a new full length in early 2013 on Fat Wreck Chords.  The band explains what fans can expect:

“Our new record was written pretty quickly, more so than anything we’ve done in the past. One of the reasons, I think, was that Jack had several songs in various stages of completeness, but once he decided to give Johnny the music, and have Johnny write the lyrics and vocal melody to his instrumentation, things started to fly… So there are several of these Johnny/Jack songs on the record (which marks the first songs Jack’s written with us). In that way, it was a brand new writing process for us, so it was pretty exciting, and we’re really happy with the way all of these songs came out in the end. Mixing with Chris Dugan was an added bonus, and we really hope we can work with him again! We’ll be on the west coast in March, as well as a few NoCal record release shows in late February. We’re planning on hitting everywhere else in the US (and Canada too!) by the end of the summer. We’re going to Australia with Frank Turner and the Dropkick Murphys for a few days in early April (our first time on that continent!), and heading to Europe in July. Hopefully Japan sometime in the fall.”

The album will follow their 2011 full length, Here Under Protest.

Fat Wreck Chords release Swingin’ Utters and Old Man Markley 7-inches

Fat Wreck Chords released two 7-inches this week, one from Californian punk band Swingin’ Utters, entitled The Librarians are Hiding Something;and the other from bluegrass-punk outfit Old Man Markley entitled Blood on My Hands.

Both releases are available for instant streaming via Fat Wreck’s website. Old Man Markley is currently on tour in the US, and Swingin’ Utters are finishing a few dates in southern California before they prepare to hit Australia early next year with Dropkick Murphys and Frank Turner.

 

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Swingin’ Utters Recording Next Album

Swingin UttersAccording to a recent twitter update, Swingin’ Utters are back at work recording a brand new record.  The tweet reads:

“Tracking guitars on day 4 at Motor in SF for the new record. So far, so good…”

The material follows the band’s 2011 album Here Under Protest (Fat Wreck Chords).

New Photos: Off With Their Heads / Yellowcard / Swingin' Utters

Swingin UttersToday is a big day for live photos as we have a trio of album from our Denver based photographer, Michael Fajardo. 

A wide range of photos, we begin with The Swingin’ Utters live at the Marquis Theatre on June 26th right here. Off With Their Heads played the same venue a few weeks later on July 26th; those pictures can be seen here.

Finally, we have some new pictures from Yellowcard live at the Summit Music Hale on June 15th. Check those out here.

New Photos: Off With Their Heads / Yellowcard / Swingin’ Utters

Swingin UttersToday is a big day for live photos as we have a trio of album from our Denver based photographer, Michael Fajardo. 

A wide range of photos, we begin with The Swingin’ Utters live at the Marquis Theatre on June 26th right here. Off With Their Heads played the same venue a few weeks later on July 26th; those pictures can be seen here.

Finally, we have some new pictures from Yellowcard live at the Summit Music Hale on June 15th. Check those out here.

The Swingin' Utters – Kick it Over

Swingin UttersSwingin’ Utters are giving away the second song off of their latest album, Here Under Protest, for free.  To download the song, Kick It Over, click here.

In other news, the group will be hitting the road on a headlining tour in June and later on as the main support for Reverend Horton Heat.

Check below for tour dates.

 

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The Swingin’ Utters – Kick it Over

Swingin UttersSwingin’ Utters are giving away the second song off of their latest album, Here Under Protest, for free.  To download the song, Kick It Over, click here.

In other news, the group will be hitting the road on a headlining tour in June and later on as the main support for Reverend Horton Heat.

Check below for tour dates.

 

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Tour: Have Nots/Swingin' Utters

The Have NotsThe Have Nots have just announced a quick June Tour of the east coast in support of their new album Proud.  They will be playing with the Swingin’ Utters for 6 out of the 8 confirmed dates.

To see the dates, look below.

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Tour: Have Nots/Swingin’ Utters

The Have NotsThe Have Nots have just announced a quick June Tour of the east coast in support of their new album Proud.  They will be playing with the Swingin’ Utters for 6 out of the 8 confirmed dates.

To see the dates, look below.

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Album Stream: Swingin' Utters – Here Under Protest

Swingin UttersAOL Music is streaming Swingin’ Utters’ Here Under Protest in its entirety.

The album was released todayon Fat Wreck Chords.  To listen to the album, click here.

 

 

Swingin' Utters Daytrotter Session

Swingin' UttersThe Swingin’ Utters recently stopped by the Daytrotter offices to record a few live songs for them. The band performed “Brand New Lungs” and “Taking The Long Way,” the two title tracks from their recent 7-inches, along with “Five Lessons Learned” and “Windspitting Punk,” originally found on Five Lessons Learned and A Juvenile Product of the Working Class.

The songs can be streamed or downloaded here. The group’s new studio album Here, Under Protest is due out April 26, 2011.

Swingin’ Utters Set Release Date

Swingin UttersLong running punk band The Swingin’ Utters have confirmed a release date for their highly anticipated new album, Here, Under Protest. The band said:

mixing is winding down… going to mastering soon. release date is April 26.

This is the band’s first proper full length since 2003’s Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones; although they have released a live album, a best-of and a few seven inches in the interim.

Swingin' Utters Set Release Date

Swingin UttersLong running punk band The Swingin’ Utters have confirmed a release date for their highly anticipated new album, Here, Under Protest. The band said:

mixing is winding down… going to mastering soon. release date is April 26.

This is the band’s first proper full length since 2003’s Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones; although they have released a live album, a best-of and a few seven inches in the interim.

Swingin’ Utters Stream Three New Songs From Here, Under Protest

Swingin’ Utters have posted three new tracks from their upcoming album, Here, Under Protest due out later this year on Fat Wreck Chords.  The tracks are titled “Lepers, Thieves & Whores,” “Forward To Fun,” and “Brand NewLungs,” and can be streamed via their myspace.

Check out the tracks here.

Swingin’ Utters Announce First New Material In Seven Years

Folk punk legends Swingin’ Utters are set to release their first new material in seven years.  The event will take place in the form of a three track 7″ on Fat Wreck Chords scheduled for a June 22, 2010 release date.   The band is also wet to release a full length this summer titled Here, Under Protest.

Track listing and album art can be found here.