Swingin' Utters / The Menzingers

Swingin' Utters / The Menzingers: live in Minneapolislive in Minneapolis (2010)
live show

Reviewer Rating: 4.5

Contributed by: MN_DrNickMN_DrNick
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When a band has been around for more than 20 years, usually shows become a rare thing and tend to be located near the band's mainstay. And in some cases, a band that's been around that long usually doesn't deliver like the fury they would in their heyday (H.R. from Bad Brains is a famous case). But .

When a band has been around for more than 20 years, usually shows become a rare thing and tend to be located near the band's mainstay. And in some cases, a band that's been around that long usually doesn't deliver like the fury they would in their heyday (H.R. from Bad Brains is a famous case). But with the case of the Swingin' Utters, you can't really tell. This year has been a busy one with them; they've started to record for their first time in six-to-seven years, and have been doing massive touring. Earlier this year they toured the western half of the U.S. and now will continue to tour the rest of the country with parts of Canada as well with Europe in sight in November. This half of the tour, they kicked things off at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, Minn.

So due to some weather trouble halfway down on my trip, I had to miss the first band the Dirty Hits (sorry). Please check them out if you can. Really good Minneapolis punk. They remind me a little of the Arrivals, sound-wise. So because of that, I grabbed a drink and a burger while waiting for the Menzingers.

Next up were that very band, the Menzingers. They sounded great, in spite of one guitar having problems during the second half of the set. This was my second time seeing them live. The first was Fest 8, where the entire set was just a bum-rush by the crowd onto the stage. Different crowd this time, but they were into the band, just not quite as much. They had a good mix of songs from Chamberlain Waits and A Lesson in the Abuse of Information Technology. Definitely a pretty good band that will be getting even bigger in the next few years.

After that was the Utters. The band took the stage and started things off with one of their more well-known songs, "Pills & Smokes" from their self-titled album. Singer Johnny Bonnel was very, very energetic. Throughout the set he was hopping around the stage, hitting his head with his microphone, spitting, and having the audience sing into the mic on parts of songs. A few songs in, his head started to bleed (from the mic bashing) and and audience member said that he was bleeding. He replied, "It doesn't matter." He pretty much came off as a mix of Henry Rollins and Milo of the Descendents (black-rimmed glasses) with a wild stage presence. They played an excellent mix of old and new songs, including all three off of Brand New Lungs and a few from their upcoming album. Guitarist/vocalist Darius Koski said there was no release date for us yet and added "Fuck you! We're artists!" Anyways, they're great live. Koski had a few problems with a guitar pedal, but it was very unnoticeable. For the encore, they started out with just Bonnel and Koski with each other doing a rendition of "Fruitless Fortunes" before the rest of the band came out for two more songs.

So basically, Swingin' Utters are a great band to check out live. I did have a few initial reservations about the set list, as they did a live album a few years ago for Fat Wreck Chords' Live in a Dive series and feared it'd be a very much similar set list to that album (it happened with me before with Lagwagon); however, it wasn't. Great show, excellent bands...what else is there to say. The Utters still have it after 20 years of being a great punk band.

Set list:

  1. Pills & Smoke
  2. Brand New Lungs
  3. Untitled 21
  4. Tell Me Lies
  5. Nowhere Fast
  6. Don't Ask Why
  7. Bent Collector
  8. Petty Wage
  9. Long Way
  10. Five Lessons Learned
  11. Jackie Jab
  12. Windspitting Punk
  13. Time on My Own
  14. 15th and T
  15. Lepers, Thieves, and Whores
  16. Sign It Away
  17. Back to You
  18. Angels Pissing on Your Head
  19. Kick It Over
  20. Teenage Genocide
  21. Forward to Fun
  22. Next in Line
  23. Fruitless Fortunes
  24. Dirty Sea
  25. Catastrophe


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saradyan06 (August 31, 2010)

Bent Collector - new record
Long Way - new record
Time on My Own - new records
Kick It Over - revolts song that was re-recorded for the new record

punkyopunk (August 30, 2010)

(...) and Kick it Over seems to be a Re-Volts song. Nice!
Are they still playing some Filthy Thieving Bastards songs?

punkyopunk (August 30, 2010)

Petty Wage shouldn't be on the comment below.

punkyopunk (August 30, 2010)

I'm a 'Utters fan but was asking myself from which album those songs came from:

Bent Collector
Petty Wage
Long Way
Time on My Own
Kick It Over

Anybody wanna help a poor bastard?

Half_Idiot (August 30, 2010)

I'm bummed that they apparently don't have the new LP for sale on the tour but this review also got me super excited for the Chicago date on Thursday.

maxethunders (August 28, 2010)

Now I wish I would have been able to go to Milwaukeefor the show even more.

MN_DrNick (August 28, 2010)

So it wasn't Jack! Good thing I didn't mention how half the night me and my buddy I went wtih debated on who it was. Also for Pete: Big Ass Meatwich is was I got with a PBR pounder.

quickattack (August 27, 2010)

This review makes me even more upset I didnt go tonight.

saradyan06 (August 27, 2010)

Nick is on tour right now.

chadreligion (August 27, 2010)

Was Jack on Guitar or was it Nick Ugly?

RedScare (August 27, 2010)

I took the train up to Milwaukee to see this show and it was great. I think I spent $120 at the bar too, which might be a personal best/worst.

My highlight of the set was when they played "Sign It Away" which was a big, big favorite of mine "way back in the 90s" and I haven't heard them play it in like 10 years. Such a fun night.

AllAgesPete (August 27, 2010)

Can't wait to see this in chicago. Good review. What was on the burger and what was the drink?

kidgotham (August 27, 2010)

I love that set list.

levi-dolphin (August 27, 2010)

gonna check this show out tonight in cleveland- stoked!!!

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