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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!



Swingin’ Utters announce best of album “Drowning In The Sea, Rising With The Sun”

San Francisco punk legends Swingin’ Utters have jsut announced that via Fat Wreck Chords, they will be releasing a thirty three song album titled Drowning In The Sea, Rising With The Sun as a ‘best of’ hurrah on December 8th.

Available for pre-order today, this anthology touches on the Swingin’ Utters from birth to the their most recent material. Their 1995 debut album The Streets of San Francisco, through 2014’s Fistful of Hollow offers a taste of these guys through their evolution and sums up their identity.

The guys also will be hitting the road starting tomorrow to celebrate, so make sure to pick up your tickets here and check out the dates below.



DS Interview: Darius Koski (Swingin Utters) on his new solo album, “What Was Once Is By And Gone,” and hitting the road with a new Utters linuep

If you rewind the punk rock history tape back a couple of years, you’ll come across the release of Sisu, the debut solo release from Darius Koski. The album was very much rooted in Americana and marked a bit of a sonic departure for the longtime Swingin’ Utters and Filthy Thieving Bastards guitarist and principle songwriter, though it still fit within the more diverse end of the Utters spectrum at the very least. Next Friday, Koski will release his sophomore solo album, What Was Once Is By And Gone, again via his lifelong label home, Fat Wreck Chords. This time out, Koski pushes the genre-bending element to new heights; while there is still a thread of Americana that pops up, also present are very heavy rockabilly and Johnny Cash and Nick Cave and Tom Waits-inspired sounds that each create a very different, very real mood. And that’s all by design.

I don’t want to play one style of music; I like too many things,” says Koski, who spent a dozen of his most formative years playing solely violin before eventually moving on to guitar and finding punk rock. “I just wanted to write songs, that’s basically what it came down to. I wasn’t really interested in being a virtuoso, which is all that’s about. And that’s great, but I would rather write songs than be a ripping violin player.” Still, that early experience with incredibly broad musical horizons created an early, lasting influence. “Too many things influence me and I’m interested in too many things to be a one note kind of dude, you know? So yeah, I think this one is even more all-over-the-place than the last one, for sure.”

Many of the tracks on Sisu were culled from years and years of songs that Koski has stored up, forming a catalog consisting of many dozens of tracks that date back close to three decades. It should go without saying that technological advances in the audio recording world have advanced many times over in the years since Koski began writing and recording, creating an interesting set of challenges when it comes time to revisit old tracks. “For a while, I was recording on – I don’t know if you remember, but those little cassette tapes? What do you do with those?” he asks, half-jokingly. As it turns out, what you do is press play on a microcassette player and record on a regular cassette tape, creating a lo-fidelity, hiss-heavy mix to try to decipher. “For the most part, I’m pretty anal about cataloging stuff because I’m just afraid of losing things. I’m totally that guy that spends a month being a month being obsessed with transferring his vinyl!”

The process was much the same on What Was Once Is By And Gone. Some of the tracks began simply as hummed notes into his iPhone, while some date as far back as the mid-1990s. Of particular note is the track “Fresh Glass of Nothing,” a song that was coincidentally written by his wife, herself an avid poet with whom he’s actually collaborated many times through out his songwriting career; the bulk of the Utters’ classic album Five Lessons Learned, for example, was culled primarily from her old poetry books. “Fresh Glass of Nothing” went a little differently, however. Back in the mid-90s, Koski had been in the market for a 4-track cassette recorder, and his wife purchased one while he was away on tour. “She was messing around with it at home to figure out how it worked,” he explains. One thing lead to another, and by the time Koski had returned from tour, his wife “had recorded two songs! Like, fully done songs, with her playing guitar, her lyrics, and her singing the melody! She’s not  a songwriter, but she had these two songs, and the other one is great too, but (“Fresh Glass of Nothing”) was, like, phenomenal!” Koski added the solo that appears on the song, but the rest of what you hear on the album is completely his wife’s brainchild.

Speaking of touring; Koski is putting down the day job plumber’s wrenches and gearing up to head out on the road as a solo artist for the first real time, as he’ll be doing double duty by opening up the Swingin’ Utters upcoming November dates. While he’s played a handful of dates acoustic and by himself, this time out he’ll have a small band backing him up, helping to fill out the added instrumentation that is so important to the sound on What Was Once Is By And Gone. While it can be hard to afford a full band to go on the road with, it is ultimately a goal of Koski’s to make touring with a backing band more of a part of his regular routine. I really, really want to try to make that happen,” he explains, “because the majority of the stuff on both of these records really has a lot of instrumentation and drums.” On the upcoming run, Koski has enlisted the help of some of his Utters brethren: “for this tour, Luke (Ray) is going to play drums and Tony who’s playing bass for the Utters is going to play bass, so we’ll be a three-piece.” The Tony in question is none other than Tony Teixiera, whom you probably know from his time in Cobra Skulls, Western Addiction, and most recently with alongside Luke Ray in Sciatic Nerve. Teixiera filled in for Utters bassist Miles Peck on their most recent tour and will be doing so again from here on out. “He’s pretty much our bass player now,” adding that Peck “just didn’t want to fucking tour any more. It’s not in him. It’s hard, man. It’s not for everybody.

Head here to see where you can catch Koski and the newly-retooled Swingin’ Utters lineup on the road, beginning next week in Arizona. Pre-orders for What Was Once Is By And Gone, which is due out November 3rd on Fat Wreck, are available at the same link. Meanwhile, you can head below to check out our full Q&A with Koski!



Darius Koski (Swingin’ Utters) streams new song “Black Sheep”

Swingin’ Utters guitarist Darius Koski has premiered another song off his upcoming solo album What Was Once Is By And Gone. Give “Black Sheep” a listen below.

What Was Once Is By And Gone is set to release on November 3rd through Fat Wreck Chords. Koski will also be the opening act on the Utters’ upcoming US tour (dates below).



Sciatic Nerve (Swingin’ Utters, Nothington, etc.) release video for “Buy a Horse”

Sciatic Nerve (ft. members of Swingin’ UttersNothingtonWestern Addiction and Cobra Skulls) continue to pump out music videos for songs off their upcoming debut album. Today’s video is for a new track titled “Buy a Horse”, and you can check it out below.

The band’s self-titled debut album is due out on October 13th through Anxious and Angry Records. You can pre-order the LP here.



Sciatic Nerve (Swingin’ Utters, Nothington, etc.) release “Bright Lights” music video

Sciatic Nerve, a new punk band featuring members of Swingin’ UttersNothingtonWestern Addiction and Cobra Skulls, have released a music video for a new song titled “Bright Lights”.

The track’s taken from the band’s self-titled debut album, due out on October 13th through Anxious and Angry Records. Check out the video below and pre-order the LP here.



DS Photo Gallery & Show Review: Musink Fest 2017 – Day Three (Costa Mesa, CA 3/19)

Day Three was reserved for the most “mature” roster of the weekend with stalwarts like Unwritten Law and Swingin’ Utters sharing the stage alongside genre defining bands like Pennywise and Bad Religion. 125 cumulative years of punk rock history performing on the same day, all in one place equated to an enormous turnout. So for the last time, we dragged Anarchopunk, kicking and screaming, back across the county line to Costa Mesa to cover this, the final day of Musink 2017. Check it out below!



Riot Fest Chicago announces 2016 After Shows

Riot Fest organizers have announced the official After Shows for the festival’s 2016 stop in Chicago, Illinois. A few the bands playing these shows include Bad Religion, Agent OrangeSwingin’ Utters, Off With Their Heads, and The Specials.

The full schedule of After Shows for the 2016 edition of Riot Fest Chicago can be found below. You can grab tickets for these shows starting this Friday, August 19th at 10am CDT.



Fat Wreck announces Punk Rock Holiday comp ft. unreleased songs by NOFX, Strung Out, etc.

The good people at Fat Wreck Chords have announced they will be releasing a special, limited edition compilation for this year’s Punk Rock Holiday. The comp titled Fat Wreck Holiday 2016 will feature previously unreleased songs by NOFX, Strung Out, and Swingin’ Utters.

It will be limited to 200 flexi disc copies, which will only be available to purchase at Punk Rock Holiday. So unless you plan on making the trek to Slovenia this August, you’re pretty much SOL.

For more info on the 2016 edition of Punk Rock Holiday, head over to the festival’s official website.



Swingin’ Utters and Fat Wreck to re-release ‘The Streets of San Francisco’ and more on vinyl

California punk act Swingin’ Utters have announced they’ll be re-releasing their 1995 classic The Streets of San Francisco, as well as The Sounds Wrong EP, and Brazen Head EP on vinyl through Fat Wreck Chords. All three have been remastered and you can pre-order them here.

Swingin’ Utters released their latest full length album, Fistful of Hollow, in November 2014.



DS Photo Gallery: Swingin’ Utters, Success, Bombpops, One Less Zero at DNA Lounge, SF (11.6.15)

Last Friday, I took the short journey from my house, down Mission, and over to 11th street to the legendary DNA Lounge to see the equally legendary local heroes Swingin’ Utters perform to friends, family, and fans alike. DNA is one of those no-frills venues, and was perfect for the sound of the night, with punk and grit in the air, but just enough of the melodic and catch to get you dancing and singing along.

In normal fashion, I missed the majority openers One Less Zero‘s set, which features Sara Wright on vocals (wife of Green Day drummer Tre Cool) and plays a classic punk sound reminiscent of a slightly softer Vice Squad with a pronounced West Coast tinge. You can have a listen to some of their tracks here.

Next up was San Diego’s female-fronted Bombpops, and a great follow-up to One Less Zero. Don’t let the pretty faces fool you here, these girls are tough as nails, and they rip through their set with a great balance of ripping guitar and bass, driving drums, and lyrics that make you think, but not too hard.

For me, the highlight of the show was Success‘ set. It was my first time seeing the Washington quintet, and they embody everything I love about punk. Rough around the edges, political, emotional, catchy at times, with the perfect amount of breaks, jumps, and woahs. At one point during the set, an incredibly inebriated fan fell and knocked his head on the bottom of the stage, and as fellow fans came to his aide the oaf-like drunk began swinging on his helpers until frontman Aaron Peters jumped off stage to help the fans and calm things down while security arrived and secured the scene. Rev was back on stage to the round of applause from the house, excited to pick up where we left off. Class act from a great band. The set ended with a sing-along of “Where Is The Revolution”, getting the venue nice and warm and energetic for headliners Swingin’ Utters.

I am lucky enough to be able to live in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area (SF proper to be exact), and am afforded so many opportunities to see so many incredible bands. Among these is Swingin’ Utters, who always rock the house and leave the crowd yearning for more. I most recently saw the band at the Fat Wreck 25th shows back in late August, so I was ripe for another Utters show. The set seemed to focus on some of the band’s faster, ‘rougher’ songs, one of which is “Five Lessons Learned”, which I can never not throw my hands in the air and get those legs moving. The rest of the night was filled with dancing, singing along, and getting rowdy – thanks to the help of some trusty friends to watch the camera gear. The show seemed to end way too soon, and as the venue emptied out, there was a feeling that the energy may spill out onto the streets…and it did.

Have a look at the night’s photos below.

Big thanks to Barry, Doc, Chelsea and Steph, and all the local friends that continue to make shows so incredible.



Swingin’ Utters announce west coast tour

California punk veterans Swingin’ Utters have announced they’ll be hitting the road for a two-week west coast tour this November. See if the band’s stopping near you below.

Swingin’ Utters released their latest album Fistful of Hollow in November, 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords.



DS Exclusive: “Fat Wrecked for 25 Years Tour” Q+A with Swingin’ Utters, The Flatliners, toyGuitar and Bad Cop / Bad Cop

Whether you’re a loyal, regular Dying Scene follower or you just check in periodically, it stands to reason that think the upcoming “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years” tour is kind of a big deal. Responses to the tour’s lineup, which includes the likes of NOFX, Strung Out, Lagwagon, Swingin’ Utters, toyGuitar, The Flatliners, Bad Cop/Bad Cop, Masked Intruder and more depending on your location, have ranged from “damn, that’s pretty solid” on one end of the spectrum to “oh my god, this should replace the Warped Tour” at the other end.

The ragtag bunch of misfits that comprise your friendly, neighborhood Dying Scene editorial staff agree with the positive vibes about the “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years” tour, and will be out in full force at various different stops on the tour. To get you warmed up, we caught up with a handful of bands that’ll be playing the duration of the tour for a little Q&A session. Check it out below, and check out the full rundown of “Fat Wrecked For 25 Years” tour dates here!



Fat Mike announces US Fat Tour 2015: NOFX, Lagwagon, Swingin’ Utters, more

Fat Wreck Chords is celebrating 25 years in a big way in 2015, with a loaded lineup for the US Fat Tour 2015: Fat Wrecked For 25 Years. Fat Mike made the announcement Tuesday via a Youtube video. Watch the announcement and check out the dates below.

The cross-country (and Canada) celebration will feature Fat Wreck Chords pillars like NOFX, Lagwagon, and Swingin’ Utters. Other bands include The Flatliners, Masked Intruder, Toy Guitar, and Bad Cop / Bad Cop.

More bands will be added, including surprise bands for the specific shows, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated if/when things change.



Swingin Utters parts ways with drummer Greg McEntee

California punk stalwarts Swingin’ Utters have announced that their drummer, Greg McEntee will be parting ways with the band.

Greg has released the following statement:

Since forming the Swingin’ Utters with friends in the 80’s, I’ve spent most of my life playin’ in the band. So with a heavy heart I announce that I’m leaving. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve traveled and played music around the world with friends. I’ve met, played with and became friends with some of my most admired musicians. As a kid, music helped me to survive and it was always my dream to tour the world. I appreciate the life I was given and was able to share it with the Utters. To my friends Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski, words fail me. We three have been to hell and back. We remained the core of the Utters and are survivors. To Jack Dalrymple, Miles Peck, all Utters past and present, the decades of fans’ support, Mike, Erin, all at Fat Wreck Chords, Stormy and Leave Home Booking, I thank you fer all you’ve done and I got nothin’ but love fer y’all. Wherever my musical journey takes me next I hope to see y’all and continue our friendships. Peace & love.

Swingin’ Utters last released Fistful of Hollow in 2014 through Fat Wreck Chords. The album served as a follow-up to 2013’s Poorly Formed.