Sunday, November 2, 2008

Swingin Utters - Hatest Grits: b-sides and bullshit

Swingin' Utters have been around since the late 80s and represent for the Bay Area. If you like the street punk and have been around more than a week or so, chances are you're already a fan. For the uninitiated, the street punk is more British-based, but the Utters have been around long enough that all sorts of influences have crept in, from the Pogues to Social Distortion. Since their inception, they have gone through some member changes and formed side bands like the Re-Volts and Filthy Thieving Bastards. Jack Dalrymple of yesterday's Dead To Me fame also currently tenures in their ranks. They also have a shit-ton of b-sides, like thirty-one to be specific, all compiled for your pleasure on the imaginatively titled Hatest Grits: b-sides and bullshit. There are both included, although the former more than outweighs the latter. I hear there are a bunch of pictures and annotations, but I got a bogus download card rather than the actual cd, so no art for me. Or review for you. Most of the material on Hatest Grits is a keeper, but I wouldn't make this my first purchase. If you're a fan (and I am) it's a nice addition to almost 2o years of punk.

Buy the record here and check out the web to hear some albums tracks here. There's an older site here if you want to bask in the nostalgia. I'm tired.


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