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Swingin' Utters

Here, Under Protest

Fat Wreck Chords 754

Released on April 26, 2011



Over the past year street punk legends SWINGIN’ UTTERS tested the known limits of building anticipation. In early 2010, to the delight of fans, the UTTERS ended a 7 year drought by entering the studio and recording a brand new full-length record titled Here, Under Protest. As expected, with such a lengthy stretch between albums the excitement over this news was profound. After initially laying down the tracks, numerous factors including a relentless tour itinerary throughout 2010, studio scheduling conflicts, a bout of perfectionism, and varied spurious reports of different release dates, combined to create an expectation level of Chinese Democracylike proportions. The good news is, unlike the inevitable and colossal letdown of Chinese Democracy (sorry, Axl), this story actually has a happy ending. Here, Under Protest unanimously delivers on every bit of the anticipation, even more, it surpasses it. Comprised of 14 tracks Here, Under Protest drips with the signature punk revival/country/Irish folk sound that has sustained SWINGIN’ UTTERS as one of the most successful independent punk bands of their time. As always the song structures on each track reflect the UTTERS’ advanced degree of musicianship through a fabric of clever guitar work, well timed hooks, and captivatingly interwoven vocal melodies. Of course all of this is tempered with the grit and edge the band has always been known for. As is custom for the UTTERS, the album features alternating vocalists (Johnny, Darius, and Spike), but this time around they’ve added the fluid lead vocal abilities of guitarist Jack Dalrymple (famous for his work in One Man Army and Dead To Me) to the mix. From top to bottom every song on Here, Under Protest is unique, memorable, and exhilarating, and as a collection the album proves to be, dare we say it, well worth the wait.

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Song Titles
# Song Name Popularity
1 Brand New Lungs Voted #3  11%
2 Taking The Long Way  8%
3 Bent Collector Of 1,000 Limbs Voted #2  13%
4 Kick It Over  11%
5 Good Things Voted #1  21%
6 Sketch Squandered Teen  4%
7 Heavy Head  11%
8 (You’ve Got To) Give It All To the Man  1%
9 Time On My Own  3%
10 Lepers, Thieves And Whores  6%
11 Blindness Is Kind  0%
12 Reds And Blues And Beggars  3%
13 Scary Brittle Frame  3%
14 Effortless Amnesiac  6%
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Jeff from Encinitas, CA 
Apr 19 2012 Rating: 5/5 Stars

Swingin Utters are back and in full force after almost a decade of rest...well not really rest, but they didnt put out any new music since their last release "Dead Flowers, Bottles, Blue Grass, and Bones" in 2003.

The Utters did a bunch of touring between 2003 and 2011 and found a permanent replacement for longtime guitarist Max Huber. The ryhthm guitar spot went to punk rock veteran Jack Dalrymple, who had made a name for himself as the frontman of such acts as One Man Army and Dead to Me. Through those years the members of the band all were touring and releasing music with their other bands as well (Filthy Thieving Bastards, Re-Volts, One Man Army, Dead to Me, Druglords of the Avenues).

Back to the album, after their last album which was one of their fastest and hardest yet, the Utters have sort of stepped into their original sound on "Here, Under Protest." It sort of takes the old school 70's style punk that the Utters played in the late 80's and early 90's and mixes it with the sounds they have matured into with their new bands the Filthy Thieving Bastards and the Re-Volts. In fact, one of the best songs on the album "Kick it Over" is a Re-Volts cover.

"Here, Under Protest" is a great Swingin Utters album. It has everything you expect and want from this band, including a debut lead vocal track by Jack Dalrymple, "Effortless Amnesiac." Other great tracks are "Brand New Lungs", "Good Things", and "Lepers, Thieves and Whores". But the whole thing is great, buy it and listen to it.

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