Swingin' Utters Bio:
San Francisco’s biggest and best punk band, the Swingin’ Utters, have returned to set the scene with their latest release, Hatest Grits: B-Sides and Bullshit. Where other bands have made a mockery of street punk with their corny gimmicks and posturing, the Utters deliver music brimming with the passion and desperation the genre is known for.
It all started for the Utters back in 1995 with their first full length The Streets of San Francisco, which was released to critical acclaim. As a result, the band received two Bammy’s (Bay Area Music Awards), one of which for best debut album. Their success caught the attention of many others as they were then invited to join the first Warped Tour and later went on to tour with fellow Bay Area punkers, Rancid.
We here at Fat Wreck Chords snatched the Utters up in 1996 in time to release a classic punk record in A Juvenile Product of the Working Class. Considered by many as one of the best punk records of the 90’s, Juvenile Product marked the Utters as the premiere punk outfit from SF. The release of this album sent the Utters into a touring frenzy as they toured the U.S. and Europe for nearly a full year with bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, and Social Distortion.
Since then, the Utters have put out some glorious material. Two full lengths: Five Lessons Learned and a self-titled record in late 2000; and two EPs: Sounds Wrong and Brazen Head. Years of hard work and quality releases have firmly established them as the torchbearers of the Oi/streetpunk scene and garnered them much respect from their peers, touring nationally with The Dropkick Murphys and The Damned. They’ve even further bolstered their lineup by adding Spike from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to give them yet another vocalist.
Throughout all these great tours and great records the band has stayed true to their working class ethic and proletariat roots by maintaining their blue-collar day jobs. Other bands pretend to sing about the plight of the working man, the Utters live it six days a week. Chief songwriters Darius and Johnny both have families to support and both work unglamorous day jobs. While Darius makes a living as a truck driver, Johnny works backbreaking hours in the Cinderblock warehouse.
A long time stalwart of the street punk genre, the SWINGIN’ UTTERS have amassed an impressive discography since their first release in 1992. Consisting of 8 full-lengths and countless EP’s, singles, and splits, their catalog is a testament to the prolific songwriting abilities of Darius Koski and Johnny Bonnel. Despite the sheer volume of their extensive resumé, the UTTERS have managed to compile 26 more tracks to make up their latest release, Hatest Grits: B-Sides and Bullshit. As implied by the title, the album contains plenty of rare b-sides, but it doesn’t stop there. Hatest Grits also boasts five unreleased songs, as well as some never before heard demo versions of SWINGIN’ UTTERS classics. You didn’t hear it from us, but it’s even rumored to have six bonus songs that don’t appear in the official track listing. Clearly, Hatest Grits is a must have album for any of the SWINGIN’ UTTERS’ legion of faithful fans. Throughout their illustrious career the UTTERS have consistently drawn comparisons to punk legends Stiff Little Fingers and folk icons The Pogues; each of the 26 songs on Hatest Grits are a shining example of why.