NOFX / Swingin' Utters / Epoxies

NOFX / Swingin' Utters / Epoxies: live in Nottinghamlive in Nottingham (2004)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: ThreeChordsAndTheTruthThreeChordsAndTheTruth
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First up were the Epoxies, a band I knew to be synth-pop/punk, but had never heard. Their banner hanging above the NOFX one seemed to be made of gaffer tape stuck onto black plastic bags, but when they walked onstage, it lit up and looked pretty cool. The band were pretty energetic, and all had a si.

First up were the Epoxies, a band I knew to be synth-pop/punk, but had never heard. Their banner hanging above the NOFX one seemed to be made of gaffer tape stuck onto black plastic bags, but when they walked onstage, it lit up and looked pretty cool. The band were pretty energetic, and all had a similar style of clothes, with tape stuck in crosses all over their legs. It's kind of ironic that the most energetic member was the keyboard player, though. Their songs were pretty fun but similar, probably owing to the drummer only knowing one beat. Fat Mike could be seen watching from the side, raising a beer bottle in support. The singer did some cool yodelling (biggest oxymoron ever), and the bassist played around 4 notes the entire show.. this didn't do much to break their songs out of the same structure.

After they finished, the whole band stayed onstage to pack up their equipment, then set up for Swingin' Utters, the poor kids. The Utter's guitarists had some initial amp problems but these were eventually sorted and they got onstage. The audience got a little more excited (put it this way: they actually moved), especially when they played the song from the Tony Hawk game (I'm not an Utters fan so didn't know the name). They played pretty well, but weren't very exciting to watch, the singer only sang half his vocals, letting the guitarist sing the others, which made him look a little pointless. In the breakdown to one song, they had the crowd chant 'NOFX! NOFX!', which indicated that everyone was really here to see one band tonight.

After a stupidly long wait, the band finally made it onstage. They opened with Murder The Government. Predictably, the pit went insane, and the band were really tight. Mike spoke for a while about a lot of subjects, he asked the UK crowd what they thought of Bush (shirts for this tour were marked 'Rock Against Bush (and Blair) Tour 2004') and el Hefe was amazed to find some 14 year olds in attendance. The band then played some songs that weren't so popular, saying that when they play as many shows at they do, they have to play some shitty songs. Mike also said that they wouldn't play much from Heavy Petting Zoo, as it was their worst album. They played Green Corn, Perfect Government, and Falling In Love.

To much cheering they started playing The Brews, and afterwards Mike pointed out somebody on the front row who was stroking his chin all the way through, and compared him to a Weezer fan. Mike and Hefe told a story about how in Japan they gave the old bass player for Weezer (Mikey) mushrooms, and 2 weeks later he had been kicked out of the band and was in a mental institution. In between songs, everyone was shouting requests, mostly for Bob, although a kid next to me was yelling 'DECLINE!' every 20 seconds, somewhat vainly.

Trying to remember every song from a NOFX show (not to mention the order) is pretty difficult but the set basically consisted of:

Perfect Government
Murder The Government
Idiot Son of an Asshole
Bottles To The Ground
Falling In Love
Green Corn
Pimps and Hookers (called 'Pimps and Prostitutes' by Mike)
Franco Un-American (the keyboard player for the Epoxies played on this)
The Brews
What's The Matter With Parents Today?
The Seperation of Church and Skate (they fucked the intro up and had to start again)
Dinosaurs Will Die
Theme From A NOFX Album (they closed with this, and Eric Melvin played the accordion part over and over once everyone left the stage, and kept it going for about 10 minutes)
Kill All The White Man
Whoops I OD'd (this was played slightly differently with the whole band coming in straight away)
Stickin' In My Eye
Straight Edge (complete with Louis Armstrong style vocals courtesy of Hefe)

There were more, but I can't remember them. The band introduced the older songs talking about how they've forgotten how to play them, but still play really well despite their jokes. They put on a great show and everyone was enjoying it. They talked about how it had been 6 years since they played the venue last, and how last time it was full of old people. Mike spotted an old guy and commented about how it made him feel young.


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Anonymous (June 19, 2005)

Worst. Review. Ever.

Anonymous (May 25, 2004)

nofx masterbates with high heels

dogs fuck the pope

Anonymous (May 20, 2004)

NOFX "these were my heroes, now they're all jokes".

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (May 19, 2004)

Because the keyboard player is the one person who has to (more or less) stand in the same place, besides the drummer.

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

Why is it ironic that the keyboardist had the most energy? It's not as if the synth parts in their songs are slow ballads.
What's ironic is the fact that El Hefe was amazed at the fact that there were 14 year old in the audience when younger kids comprise a lot of their fans.

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

nofx shouldnt quit, ass

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

Actually,it's anyone calling themselves PUNK in the 2004.
C'mon get a friggin clue kiddies!

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

it's just you

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

Christ Almighty is it just me or should NOFX call it a day?
The joke's so fucking over guys it's really getting embarrassing already.
Next please!!

Anonymous (May 19, 2004)

Swingin' Utters aren't hugely popular, because they don't keep up or follow any trends. To me, they qualify as real musicians, and they play music from the heart. Anyway, byo bands are awful, I think there okay with Fat.

notfeelingcreative (May 18, 2004)

I agree, BYO would be a better home for the Utters.

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

I would have to say that Swingin Utters should leave FAT. they're being held back on that label,they would fit in nicely as the top band on BYO.

opivykid (May 18, 2004)

No "Moron Brothers"? No "Longest Line"? What the hell?

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

Id like to kill Fat Mike.

cdogg (May 18, 2004)

Can somebody please tell me why the hell the Swinging Utters aren't hugely popular? Great albums, great live performances...what's it take for these guys to get more respect and recognition at least in the punk community- which, btw, is a community they have been contributing to for over the past 10 years!?

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

I havent seen The Utters live but have seen NOFX and i didnt enjoy it much,they played with ALk Trio and this other band, I shouldnt have gone to that show.

ThreeChordsAndTheTruth (May 18, 2004)

"Ummm...none of those songs were on "Heavy Petting Zoo""

I didn't say they were, I was just including Mike's comment.

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

Im with you, The Utters rule! One of my fav bands

TheOneTrueBill (May 18, 2004)

The Utters put on an excellent show when I saw them. Johnny Bonnel was so into it he didn't notice a cut on his forehead until it was bleeding into his eyes!

TheOneTrueBill (May 18, 2004)

Hi Matt!

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

i'm naked

looczar (May 18, 2004)

Swingin Utters are one of my favorite bands and I always get all offended when people are like, "not really into them..." but to each their own... They are one of the best live acts on the planet and a hoot to hang out with... Really down to earth and Everytime I've been to see them though there are tons of people who are just really into them and go fucking bonkers with me, singing along and spilling beer... So I'm not alone in holding the Utters in such high regard!

I would fucking love it if this tour made rounds here in the US but tis not to be...(cries softly while playing with balls benwa-style)

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

The Utters are seriously one of the best punk bands around today. Score's for the Swingin' Utters!

TahoeJeff (May 18, 2004)

"Mike also said that they wouldn't play much from Heavy Petting Zoo, as it was their worst album. They played Green Corn, Perfect Government, and Falling In Love"

Ummm...none of those songs were on "Heavy Petting Zoo"

Anonymous (May 18, 2004)

The Utters song is called Five Lessons Learned

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