SWINGIN’ UTTERS: Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass and Bones: CD

In the last five years, I sure have listened to a lot of punk. It tends to make a person jaded by hearing so much music. Things that I buy for myself might sit for a month before I actually listen to it. Not that it’s bad, but sometimes it takes a lot more oomph to get me excited. So when I hear something progressive, it catches my attention. The Swingin’ Utters have progressed from album to album to continue to catch my attention. Their progression from an average street punk band to now is night and day. They still take the old school sound and add elements of piano, violin and other instruments to give their songs more flavor. Also, the three vocalist attack makes for a more layered appeal. The mix of songs on this release makes this an enjoyable listen from start to finish. The songs vary in style and tempo from each other. Many bands releases sound like one big song. That is not the problem here. One thing I can’t get out of my head is that this band sounds like Social Distortion to me when Johnny sings.

 –don (Fat)