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Swingin' Utters

Swingin' Utters: Live in a DiveLive in a Dive (2004)
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When I picked up the seminal Give 'em the Boot compilation in high school, I thought I had found heaven. It turned me on to nearly every band I currently hold in high regard, and remains a constant favorite. It had memorable tracks from amazing ska and reggae acts, and some extremely potent punk f.
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When I picked up the seminal Give 'em the Boot compilation in high school, I thought I had found heaven. It turned me on to nearly every band I currently hold in high regard, and remains a constant favorite. It had memorable tracks from amazing ska and reggae acts, and some extremely potent punk forces as well. One of these was the amazing song "Fifteenth and T", by the Swingin' Utters. From this song, and "The Next In Line" from one of the Fat Wreck comps, I went on to purchase A Juvenile Product of the Working Class and have been hooked ever since. Now the Utters release a long overdue high quality representation of their live show, and I'm incredibly stoked.

After nearly 10 years of love for them, I finally got to see them live my senior year of college, with Pistol Grip and One Man Army in Cleveland. I had my fears, because of the massive amounts of energy and rawness that their albums contain. I was afraid they would be loose and sloppy, too "punk" to play well live, and oh boy was I wrong. They put on an incredible live show, and I have seen them another time since, with Max Huber. When this CD was announced, I was again afraid, because I felt it was now impossible to capture the live spirit and energy of this band on tape. Proving me wrong, the Utters released an amazing CD, fully of piss, vinegar, quality, speed, and great songs.

The CD starts out with "Don't Ask Why" and ends with "Catastrophe" and the in between is pure live goodness. The sound quality is great, Jonny's voice sounds awesome, Darius' rocking guitar is heard, and everything else just falls into place. To put it simply, the CD is a quality testament to the Utters as a live band and a legend in the "punk" field. They throw in some of the more laid back "adult contemporary" (as the put it) tunes like "All I Can Give". They play classics like "London Drunk" and "Teenage Genocide", the latter coming in perfect segue from the amazing rendition of the aforementioned "Fifteenth and T". Overall, there isn't a whole lot to say, aside from that this CD is awesome for fans of the Utters.

And that's what a live CD should be. It's for the fans who may never get to see them, or for those who want to remember fondly the live shows after the band is gone. The only complaint I could have with this CD is that it's too short. It has 23 songs, and leaves me wanting for more. This is a problem that you'll see with live CDs or "Greatest Hits" compilations of older bands. They strike a good balance of the old and the new, and the setlist can't really disappoint, but I want to hear every song they've ever recorded live! However, what you walk away with is a quality document of the Utter's superior musicianship and wonderful personalities.

 

 
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Not-To-Regret (July 13, 2004)

All I say is listen to 'Five Lessons Learned', 'Expletive Deleted' and 'Windspitting Punk' before you doubt this album or this band.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

'eat a bag of dicks' hahahaha awesome

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

dustin diamond from Saved by the Bell is the biggest fag in the world - swingin' utters rocks harder than Kiss in '76

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

"Seems like people such as yourself would only enjoy gerneric sounding bands like Youth Brigade. I've seen the utters perform a handful of times, and were as always, amazing. Even if what you said were true about the utters being drunk at that particular show, that still wouldn't justify any of your opionions about them as a band. By reading your comments, you've probrably never even heard a swingin' utters album. Get a life."

I own three albums & a 7". That's one of the reasons it pissed me off so much when I saw them live. I'd actually wasted time convincing people to stick around for that bullshit.

And who the fuck is calling Youth Brigade generic? They were playing what most bannds are trying to do now 20 years ago. Watch Another State of Mind.

What opinions is the drunkenness supposed to be justifying? I stated pretty clearly that they were too drunk to play, and that caused them to fuck up every second song, and alienate the people that were willing to give them a chance & stick around. I think the only real opinioon that I implied was that they were burned out assholes, which is an opinion based on my personal experience seeing them live, and not a judgement of them as human beings.

Regardless, The Utters still suck, and you can eat a bag of dicks.

Anonymous (July 9, 2004)

"You're trying to compare bands that don't really have the same style, therefore, the argument that the Utters are better than the Briggs is pretty irrelevant."

uhh, i wasnt comparing the two, I was saying the Briggs suck. I was saying the Utters are good because they are a pretty straight forward punk band but not skinhead/wifebeater/combat boot -do-the-hardcore-pick-up-sticks-in-the-pit garbage band like the briggs, or casualties or some other god awful punk band. not comparing any bands. I dont think the Utters sound like Story of the Year but I'd rather hear the Utters than some lame screamo band of the week also. Although, I'd rather hear Story of the Year than the Briggs...

Fuzzy (July 8, 2004)

I said nearly ten years. And to be honest, it feels like 10 years at this point, everything post high school has run together into a big mess. Post college has done the same thing. Sorry for the lack of perfection.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

"From this song, and "The Next In Line" from one of the Fat Wreck comps, I went on to purchase A Juvenile Product of the Working Class and have been hooked ever since."
"After nearly 10 years of love for them, I finally got to see them live my senior year of college, with Pistol Grip and One Man Army in Cleveland."

The time frame is confusing me... Didn't "Give 'Em the Boot" come out in 1997 (as well as "Physical Fatness") or so? Where do the "10 years of love" come from?

Anchors (July 8, 2004)

This score is for the douche nozzle who said 'nu-emo.'

Anchors (July 8, 2004)

Score is for use of the word stoked.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

i wanted the entirety of five lessons learned to be played live, so im unfoundedly disappointed.

wyzo

gladimnotemo (July 8, 2004)

"Dude, the Briggs suck, you honestly think that shit is good, it sounds like some dropkick murphy's crap w/ 3 chords and a singer who has a half an italian hogie stuck in his mouth .
"blah blah blahblahhbahahbah third worl waaaaaaaahhhhh"

pitiful."

He can certainly sing better than you can type.

You're trying to compare bands that don't really have the same style, therefore, the argument that the Utters are better than the Briggs is pretty irrelevant.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

Dude, the Briggs suck, you honestly think that shit is good, it sounds like some dropkick murphy's crap w/ 3 chords and a singer who has a half an italian hogie stuck in his mouth .
"blah blah blahblahhbahahbah third worl waaaaaaaahhhhh"

pitiful.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

i've seen the utters all over the country and they've never dissappointed me. first time i saw them was at the middle east with bouncing souls and the descendents. they easily matched the other two bands performances. i saw them a couple more times at coney island high (r.i.p.) and they always put on a great show. but here's the clincher... i saw them at the troubador opening for youth brigade and it was pretty obvious to me and a bunch of other people i talked too after the show that they blew youth brigade away that night. and don't get me wrong i really dig youth brigade.

i'll be picking up this one today.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

I can't believe someone thinks that the Utters are better than Youth Brigade.

gladimnotemo (July 8, 2004)

"if your looking for some straight up punk that isnt that gutter shit only 16 year olds can listen too (like the briggs)"

What the hell are you talking about? The Briggs are fantastic, dirtbag.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

"middle of the road boring crap."

Now i'm not saying the utters are amazing or anything, yea they are kinda middle of the road and they do have some bad songs, hell bad albums ( i thought the s/t was terrible) but the new cd is really good and 'juvenile product' is great, its just a classic, brings me back to 97 when punk was new to me. They arent one of my fav bands but they are a good solid listen if your looking for some straight up punk that isnt that gutter shit only 16 year olds can listen too (like the briggs) or some super cliche band of the week ( like whatever fashioncore band is hot at the moment)

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

People who keep saying the Utters suck obviously just don't get it. I'd honestly like to see some of these folks list bands they like- then maybe we'd all understand why they're so dismissive.

Jesus. I never thought I'd see the day where people say the Swingin Utters suck. What the hell happened?

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

"The Utters fucking suck. There. I said it, and I mean it.

I saw them play with youth brigade last year. After youth brigade finished, a good chunk of the crowd, who were there to see youth brigade, decided to leave after a couple utters songs.

The Swinging utters, being way too drunk to keep things tight, spent the whole show swearing at the people who did stick around, and bitching them out for not appreciating how much the swinging utters kicked ass. Pretty fucking punk.

If half the crowd leaves after the opening band, maybe they should be headlining. Also, maybe you should be appreciative to the people that decided to stick around and watch you suck, instead of bitching them out. Also, maybe you should try giving people a reason to stick around (For instance, not fucking up every second song because you drank too much before you got on stage, Most local bands learn that after their second or third show).

Fuck the utters. They said they would never come back. I hope that wasn't drunk talk."

Seems like people such as yourself would only enjoy gerneric sounding bands like Youth Brigade. I've seen the utters perform a handful of times, and were as always, amazing. Even if what you said were true about the utters being drunk at that particular show, that still wouldn't justify any of your opionions about them as a band. By reading your comments, you've probrably never even heard a swingin' utters album. Get a life.

Anonymous (July 8, 2004)

Swingin Utters are great
At least a punk album is reviewed here

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

Frig off Lahey!

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

"Thats a good point, i have met people that are like 'yea the utters are ok' but to say they suck is rediculous. what is there not to like? they are punk, but not all gutter oi offensive. they are poppy but not cheesy or trl poppy. they arent overproduced, they are just like a good standard pop punk, not too extreme in any direction to offend people's taste. they are a good medium of all punk genre's. hard at times but not hard core, poppy but not pop punk, punk but not snotty, rough but not screaming, melodic but not cheesy."

You put all of those together, and you've got middle of the road boring crap.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

The Utters fucking suck. There. I said it, and I mean it.

I saw them play with youth brigade last year. After youth brigade finished, a good chunk of the crowd, who were there to see youth brigade, decided to leave after a couple utters songs.

The Swinging utters, being way too drunk to keep things tight, spent the whole show swearing at the people who did stick around, and bitching them out for not appreciating how much the swinging utters kicked ass. Pretty fucking punk.

If half the crowd leaves after the opening band, maybe they should be headlining. Also, maybe you should be appreciative to the people that decided to stick around and watch you suck, instead of bitching them out. Also, maybe you should try giving people a reason to stick around (For instance, not fucking up every second song because you drank too much before you got on stage, Most local bands learn that after their second or third show).

Fuck the utters. They said they would never come back. I hope that wasn't drunk talk.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

The "Trailer Park" of the Bracket Live CD is great.

And Swingin' Utters aren't amazing I don't think but a thing which really makes me love them is how it gives me a feel of laziness and is just so awesome to break a few beers and chill out to, mess around. It's fun for everyone and just a great simple, plain punk rock live show with the Utters.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

I'm sure this SW album is great, but BRACKET's "Live in a Dive" album is fucking awesome as well.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

Someone should start a new website called crappy nu-emo and lame indie rock.com and if you dont like good bands like Swingin Utters, Nofx, orNUFAN, you should just go there.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

I don't like the Utters because their songs are really predictable, often comparatively slow in tempo, and the lyrics always seem very unambitious and somewhat lazy.

I don't always like my music to challenge my, but with TKO records and Against Me! out there, there's a lot of competition for my street punk dollar.

Anonymous (July 7, 2004)

"How can anyone not like the Utters? Everybody I've encountered, punk fan or not, loves them when they hear them for the first time. There's not a whole lot of bands around with universal appeal like that. The only other one that springs to mind is Bouncing Souls"

Thats a good point, i have met people that are like 'yea the utters are ok' but to say they suck is rediculous. what is there not to like? they are punk, but not all gutter oi offensive. they are poppy but not cheesy or trl poppy. they arent overproduced, they are just like a good standard pop punk, not too extreme in any direction to offend people's taste. they are a good medium of all punk genre's. hard at times but not hard core, poppy but not pop punk, punk but not snotty, rough but not screaming, melodic but not cheesy.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I first saw the Swingin' Utters w/ Rise Against & NOFX
which also happened to be Rise Against first north american tour. Well Rise Against being first and nobody knew who they were and they made a fan of everybody in the room with there performance. Then the swingin utters came up and blew everyone away i was the only big fan out of all my friends but they turned them into true believers then NOFX came on and well all the 14 year olds rushed the stage.
The Swingin Utters put on a show that is so good if i died my heaven would be watching them play for rest of whatevers next

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I only like emotional hardcore. Fuck this pussy shit.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

"why would you buy this shit. yet another band that needs to give up.

nufan
lagwagon
NOFX
swingin utters
guttermouth
anything punk."

I can't believe this ass cunt put the swingin' utters in the same list with guttermouth. Burn in hell you emo fuck.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

Who cares, they rock.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

They formed in the late 80's... No doubt that they know what they're doing and know about the music, but I don't consider that "old".

-BSD

pastepunk (July 6, 2004)

hate to break it to ya BSD, but the 'Utters ARE old school...

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

They're not bad for a Fat band. That said, this is poppy stuff you've probably heard before, and if you like the Bombshell Rocks and Bouncing Souls a lot (not that they sound like them), you'll like them since the Utters seem to have the "old school", yet lavishly produced sensibilities of the aforementioned bands.

Better yet, though, save up and buy Hellnation's complete discography.

-BSD

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

The best thing to come out of Santa Cruz.

Mr_Pink (July 6, 2004)

How can anyone not like the Utters? Everybody I've encountered, punk fan or not, loves them when they hear them for the first time. There's not a whole lot of bands around with universal appeal like that. The only other one that springs to mind is Bouncing Souls.

Fuzzy (July 6, 2004)

Now that's a zine editor for ya...

pastepunk (July 6, 2004)

I edited the version you submitted to me Justin :)

Fuzzy (July 6, 2004)

I hate seeing grammar and spelling mistakes after I submit a review. The words are spelled properly, but not for their usage. Or they are just the wrong words. Dammit.

gladimnotemo (July 6, 2004)

Yeah, I'm going to pick this up soon...I heard "Nowhere Fast" on the new Fat sampler, and was really impressed.

What the reviewer said about "Give 'Em the Boot" is dead-on. I love those CDs.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

this new "emo-core" is pure shit there's no one thing better than this great bands like swinging,NUFAN,lagwagon you are so full of shit how can you say that those bands are shit
you are FULL of pure shit

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

why would you buy this shit. yet another band that needs to give up.

nufan
lagwagon
NOFX
swingin utters
guttermouth
anything punk.

emo may get shit, but all the nu-emo bands have better song writing skills and talent than these old peices of shit.

you are a fucking asshole get the fuck out of here

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I always love seeing Swingin' Utters live cuz Johnny and Darius are always fun to see live. I have to pick this up becuase the band hardly goes out on the road especially on the east coast.

Ramo
(I love seeing Johnny break beer bottles on stage)

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I saw them support NOFX and thought they were pretty good. Seen better but enjoyable. I'd check them out if it was there show :)

And from the mp3 I downloaded a bit ago it sounded pretty cool.

The only thing worries me is if it's like the Sick of it All - Live in a Dive. I love SOIA but I wouldn't classify that as a live album. If someone just gave me the cd I don't think I'd think it was a live album. Way too studio.
Strung Out - Live in a Dive was really good though!

notfeelingcreative (July 6, 2004)

Score:
why would you buy this shit. yet another band that needs to give up.

nufan
lagwagon
NOFX
swingin utters
guttermouth
anything punk.

emo may get shit, but all the nu-emo bands have better song writing skills and talent than these old peices of shit.

It'll be okay man, just grab a tissue from your manpurse with thr cusive patch and wipe the tears off your non prescription horned rimmed glasses!

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

Heres my review "When I picked up the seminal Give 'em the Boot compilation in high school, I thought I had found heaven. It turned me on to nearly every band I currently hold in high regard, and remains a constant favorite. It had memorable tracks from amazing ska and reggae acts, and some extremely potent punk forces as well. One of these was the amazing song "Fifteenth and T", by the Swingin' Utters. From this song, and "The Next In Line" from one of the Fat Wreck comps, I went on to purchase A Juvenile Product of the Working Class and have been hooked ever since. Now the Utters release a long overdue high quality representation of their live show, and I'm incredibly stoked."

honestly, that says it all. Give em the boot was one of the first comps i ever owned, I remember getting it summer of 97, right after the warped tour. I was 17 and punk was new to me, well other than rancid, greenday and nofx, who i got into a few years earlier, but thats when i REALLY got into punk. It turned me onto the swingin utters, as 15th and T was my favorite song on the comp, not to take anything away from the slackers and hepcat...or rancid. ...i'm gonna go listen to that comp again, see ya.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

'Streets of San Fransico' is the only good Utter's album from begining to end. Hopefully this one will change that.

cdogg (July 6, 2004)

Great cd. Something worth mentioning is the comic book that comes with the liner notes. It's patterned after Scooby Doo, and has the Utters being chased by the ghosts of Joe Strummer, Joey Ramone, Sid Vicious and Darby Crash. Of course, just like Scooby Doo, these ghosts end up being people dressed up to scare the Utters away for some reason, but it's still pretty funny.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

That dude who always gives a list of bands that should break up needs to fuck off now

Joe

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I'm not gonna have anything left to review by the end of the week Scott, haha.

I did start one for this, but this sums it up well.

- Kirby

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

I hate live CDs. They nearly always disappoint.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

why would you buy this shit. yet another band that needs to give up.

nufan
lagwagon
NOFX
swingin utters
guttermouth
anything punk.

emo may get shit, but all the nu-emo bands have better song writing skills and talent than these old peices of shit.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

haven't heard the cd yet, but this score is for their live show. gonna pick it up today.

Anonymous (July 6, 2004)

Great band - in fact one of the best on Fat Wreck

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