SWINGIN’ UTTERS: Drowning in the Sea, Rising with the Sun: 2 X LP

Jan 31, 2018

A thirty-three song retrospective double album from one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s longest running acts, the Swingin’ Utters. I initially bought the first Give ‘Em the Boot disc all those years ago for Rancid, Union 13, and others having not been familiar with the Utters at the time. “15th and T” was the song on that particular comp and that’s all it took to get me hooked on their brand of Sham 69 and Cock Sparrer-influenced street punk. These two LPs compile some of the best songs from their career, including cuts from classic albums (A Juvenile Product of the Working Class, Streets of San Francisco, Five Lessons Learned) as well as their more current releases (Hat Full of Hollow, Poorly Formed). I couldn’t help but get a little nostalgic while listening to this disc as I’ve been an Utters fan for quite some time now. I spent many a night listening to their albums with friends, most of the time whilst drinking. The first-ever trek I took to San Francisco I got the song “London Drunk” stuck in my head the entire time. I’ve always been a fan but have also inevitably ignored some of their releases, naively thinking I’d heard enough. Cue the record scratch: songs like “End of the Weak” have convinced me that I have gaps to fill in my Utters collection. The band recently turned thirty (a seven year hiatus and several lineup changes would kill a lesser band) and we’re lucky enough to still have them, so let this retrospective serve as a constant reminder of their ongoing legacy. –Juan Espinosa (Fat)