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DS Photo Galley: Swingin’ Utters with Western Settings, Darius Koski and Duck & Cover (Boston, MA)

For the first time in what I think was about five years, Swingin’ Utters played a headline show in Boston this past Sunday evening (their last two trips through this area were on a tour with Lagwagon three years ago and as part of the massive Fat Wreck 25th Anniversary tour the following summer). Though the lineup has changed AND it was an unseasonably cold mid-November night AND the Patriots were throttling the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football at the time, the old school punks came out in droves for the occasion and met the band with what seemed like a throwback vibe.

It was announced just prior to this tour that the Utters are putting out a sort of double-album greatest hits compilation, Drowning In The Sea, Rising With The Sun, on December 8th through Fat Wreck Chords, and the setlist on this particular night seemed to be culled from some of the earlier half of the band’s career. Sure “The Librarians Are Hiding Something” and “Alice” from their most recent couple of post-hiatus albums made welcome appearances, but this seemed like a night for the old guard. Luke Ray has served as a steady breath of fresh air behind the drum kit for the last couple years, and he’s now got his Sciatic Nerve bandmate Tony Teixeira (Nothington/Western Addiction/Cobra Skulls) as his rhythm section counterpart, having taken over for Miles Peck earlier this year. Jack Dalrymple also sat this particular run out, meaning longtime Utters partners Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski and the new recruits are playing aggressive and lean as a four-piece. In spite of the moving parts throughout the years, the Bonnel and Koski and company remain one of the most esteemed bands in the scene and, truthfully, songs like “No Eager Men” and “Five Lessons Learned” and “Pills And Smoke” and, of course, “”Windspitting Punk” sound just as earnest as ever.

Western Settings are providing direct support on this run. The band have been on a steady climb over the last few years, and with good reason. Their 2015 album, Yes It Is, released digitally here at Dying Scene, remains high on my personal favorites list, and the band has only gotten better in the two years since. Boston can be a bit of a finicky place for out-of-town bands to play, but the four-piece San Diego-based Jawbreaker-meets-Replacements outfit did an admirable job on their first trip through the Bay State. If a band can obviously play with passion and intensity and works up a sweat on their own, dimes to dollars says they’ll win over a crowd that is obviously interested in the headliners, and that seemed the case on this night, as they were increasingly well-received as their 45-minute set moved forward.

Doing double duty on this tour, Swingin’ Utters guitarist and principal songwriter Darius Koski is also serving as support. It’s the first time he’s really hit the road as a solo artist, especially outside California, and he enlisted the help of fellow Utters Luke Ray on drums and Tony Teixeira on bass to fill out some of the instrumentation that appears on his two solo albums, 2015’s Sisu and this month’s stellar What Was Once Is By And Gone (both released on Fat Wreck) and that would have been missed were he playing strictly solo and acoustic. A personal highlight was the short set’s closer, “Another Man,” which appears as the last song on the newest album in stripped down acoustic format, but was given a revved up, electric reworking for this tour.

Boston’s own Duck & Cover were well-deserved local openers for this particular show. There’s been a bit of a garage rock undercurrent in the local scene for the last handful of years that bands like Duck & Cover and The Warning Shots and Michael Kane and the Morning Afters and even Continental and others have been a part of, and that’s been a welcome addition to a seen that has obviously had its fair share of ska-punk and “working class” Celtic punk bands over the last two decades. Made up of members that might look familiar from bands like The Black Cheers and the Acrobrats and Bang Camaro, bands like D&C show that mixing a little Guns & Roses with your Clash and Ramones records is not bad thing.

Head below for our full photo gallery from the evening!



Problem Daugher, Caskitt, and more on “Stay Human” Compilation for Charlottesville

A digital compilation entitled “Stay Human” was released for pay-what-you-want yesterday with all proceeds going to the Brody Jewish Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. The compilation is a direct response to last month’s Neo-Nazi rally that resulted in the life of one protestor in Charlottesville.

Included on the compilation are a variety of punk bands and artists, including MC Lars, Ogikubo Station, Problem Daughter, Caskitt, Pop Warner, and Western Settings.

You can learn more about the Brody Jewish Center here. Download the 21-track compilation by clicking here or stream it below.



Western Settings begin working on new album “Another Year”

San Diego punks Western Settings have announced they are currently demoing music for a new album titled Another Year. The record is being produced by Dead To Me‘s Tyson “Chicken” Anncharico, who handled production duties on the band’s Old Pain EP.

Another Year is slated to release sometime next spring. We’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed on the follow-up to 2015’s Yes It Is. For the time being, the band will be touring the US with Swingin’ Utters – see if they’re coming to your town below.



Western Settings (Punk) announce tour with Heartsounds


San Diego punks Western Settings have announced a short run of summer west coast shows with Heartsounds. Check out the dates here.



Western Settings release video for “The Phenomenon”

Western Settings have release a video for “The Phenomenon”. The track is taken from their EP “Old Pain”, which was released back in April 2016 on La Escalera Records.

You can watch “The Phenomenon” below.



Western Settings announce US/Canada tour

San Diego’s Western Settings are going out for a two-week jaunt next month, centered around the band’s appearance at Pouzza Fest in Montreal. The band will be supporting their recent EP Old Pain, which came out in 2016 on La Escalera Records. 

You can check out the EP and tour dates below, and RSVP to the tour’s Facebook page here.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Nothington / The Bombpops / Western Settings (The Hi Hat – Los Angeles 3/29/2017)

Jay Northington of Nothington

We imagine that Wednesday night shows are hit or miss in most places, but in Los Angeles, the prospects are even more bleak. However, every once in awhile, there comes a lineup so good that even Humpday can’t put a damper on the turn out. This was one of those shows, drawing an impressively sized crowd that even drew fellow punk artists, with members of Get Dead and True Rivals among the audience. Hell, Dying Scene even had two staffers in the bouse for this one! Read the review and check out the photo gallery (nearly a month after the show…really, AP?) from this incredible mid-week performance below!



Western Settings perform unplugged for Punk In Vegas

San Diego punks Western Settings brought out their acoustic guitars for a new Punks In Vegas session. Head down below to watch the boys perform ‘Goodbye’.

Western Settings released its last EP Old Pain just last year.



New Video: Western Settings perform “The Phenomenon” for Live From The Rock Room

SoCal punks (and Dying Scene Records alumni) Western Settings have unveiled the fourth and final installment of their recent session at Mike Femulee’s (Smoking Popes) Illinois-based Live From The Rock Room. It’s a performance of their track “The Phenomenon,” and you can check it out below.

You can catch Western Settings on the road with Problem Daughter and Caskitt if you live in most the western US over the next week-or-so. Check out dates here.

Western Settings last released an EP titled WS in April through La Escalera Records. Their debut full-length Yes It Is came out in 2015 on our very own Dying Scene Records!



Western Settings, Problem Daughter & Caskitt announce west coast tour

Western Settings, Problem Daughter, and Caskitt have announced they will be touring the west coast together in early 2017. Check out the tour dates below to see if there’s a show near you.

La Escalera Records released Western Settings’ latest EP titled WS and Caskitt’s new album Old Fires New Frontier earlier this year. Problem Daughter’s Fits of Disorganized Boredom was released in February through Dying Scene Records.



Western Settings announce European tour

SoCal punks Western Settings have announced they will be touring Europe this fall. Problem Daughter‘s Regan Ashton will be playing guitar for the band on this tour.

See if they’re playing a show near you below.

The band last released an EP titled WS in April through La Escalera Records. Their debut full-length Yes It Is came out in 2015.



Western Settings perform acoustic set for Punks In Vegas

Southern California punks Western Settings performed an acoustic session for Punks In Vegas.

You can watch the session below.

WS EP released after the band’s previous EP, Old Pain.



Western Settings streaming new EP – ‘WS’

Southern California punks Western Settings are now streaming their new EP in its entirety. Give a listen to WS below.

The release is a set of acoustic and 8-bit versions of originals and covers of the Bouncing Souls and Fugazi. It’s out now on La Escalera Records.

WS comes just three months after the band’s previous EP, Old Pain.



Western Settings announce new EP “WS”

Southern California punk rockers Western Settings are set to released a brand new EP next week. Coming just three months off the heels of their last EP, the band is releasing WS, a set of acoustic and 8-bit versions of originals and covers of the Bouncing Souls and Fugazi.

You can check out a full track-list below.

Stay tuned for more details on this release as they become available.

This EP will serve as a follow-up to their last EP Old Pain, which was released in April.



Western Settings stream new EP “Old Pain”

Southern California punks Western Settings are streaming their new EP Old Pain in full and you can check it out below and I strongly recommend you do.

Old Pain was officially released on April 15th through La Escalara Records (digital & CD) and Creator-Destructor Records (10″ vinyl) and is the band’s first release since their full-length Yes It Is released through Dying Scene Records in February, 2015.

Western Settings is hitting the road in May/June in support of the new EP. Check out the dates and locations below as well.