Vinyl Vlog 124

Vinyl Vlog 124

Friday, 26 February 2016

A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the Sounds Wrong EP by Swingin’ Utters.

My heart goes out to the Swingin’ Utters, not just because they’re a band who is fantastic in their own right, but because they are a band that has grown and matured over the years and has let me grow along with them. Even so, as hard as they try, they will always be under-appreciated and underrated; but that’s fine.

The Swingin’ Utters evolved in the true sense of the word; they didn’t radically change their style with each album, but they slowly mixed and matched ideas to build new ones, and even pulled back when they needed to over the years. They have developed a style that is entirely their own and a band that both young and old can be proud to listen to. Yes, I ended that sentence with a preposition, but I feel like breaking the rules here in our final instalment of coverage for the Swingin’ Utters Fat Wreck vinyl reissues is appropriate.

The greatest journey starts with a single step and this EP is where it all started for the Swingin’ Utters. It’s a modest little powerhouse that is most definitely a street punk effort, both with songs which would be later re-recorded, songs that appear uniquely here, and songs that have become fan favorites and staples in their sets. It sounds raw and reverb-y (those vocals, man!) and comes and goes before you know it. Even though Sounds Wrong stands alone as an excellent EP, it’s more than that. This is the seed that went on to become that leviathan of a band. I listen to it with a smile on my face and a tear in my eye. Go forth! [OLLIE OTTOMAN]


The reissue of the Sounds Wrong EP is out now. Buy it here, directly from Fat Wreck Chords.

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