Swingin' Utters at 924 Gilman St. on December 4, 2009. Left to right: Spike Slawson, Johnny "Peebucks" Bonnel, and Jack Dalrymple.
|Origin||Santa Cruz, California|
|Years active||1987-present, hiatus from 2003 -2010|
|Labels||SideOneDummy, New Red Archives, Quality of Life, BYO Records, TKO, Fat Wreck Chords|
|Associated acts||Filthy Thievin' Bastards, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Re-volts, Viva Hate, One Man Army, Dead to Me, ToyGuitar|
|Members||Johnny "Peebucks" Bonnel
|Past members||Aric McKenna
Swingin' Utters (often typeset as $wingin' Utter$, and originally called Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin' Utters) is a Californian punk rock band that formed in the late 1980s. After a seven-year hiatus, the band reformed in 2010 and have since released three more records.
Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin' Utters began in Santa Cruz, California, later moving to San Francisco. The early lineup comprised singer Johnny "Peebucks" Bonnel, guitarist/accordionist Darius Koski, bassist Kevin Wickersham, and drummer Greg McEntee. The band changed its name to The Swingin' Utters in 1994.
While Johnny Bonnel is the lead singer of the group, lead guitarist Darius Koski provides lead vocals on many of the band's tracks. Spike Slawson, Max Huber and Jack Dalrymple have also provided lead vocals on occasion.
In 2010 a tribute album for the band, Untitled 21: A Juvenile Tribute to the Swingin' Utters, was released. After a seven-year hiatus, the band returned in 2010 with the Brand New Lungs EP, and followed it with the album Here, Under Protest in 2011.
In April 2013, the band toured Australia with Dropkick Murphys and Frank Turner. Most recently the band has released their latest album "Fistful of Hollow" which was released in 2014. It is also the last album to see original member and longtime drummer Greg McEntee who has recently left the band in mid 2015. He was then replaced by Luke Ray. This exit leaves Johnny Bonnel as the only original member left in the band.
Swingin' Utters is currently on tour to support the celebration of the Fat Wreck Chords 25th Anniversary.
The band's sound is a traditional punk rock sound, and has been described as "street punk". CMJ New Music Report described their sound as "blue-collar pop-influenced punk". Comparisons have been drawn with early punk bands such as The Clash, Sham 69, The Sex Pistols, and Stiff Little Fingers. The band have also incorporated elements of country music and roots rock, with comparisons to band such as Dropkick Murphys and The Pogues. Bonnel cites early punk rock bands and Celtic music as his early influences. Darius Koski said of their music "I've always thought of [our] songs as just loud, aggressive and fast folk or country songs."
Members of the Swingin' Utters have been involved in many musical side projects, most notably Johnny Bonnel, Darius Koski, and Spike Slawson's Filthy Thievin' Bastards (formed in 2000). Druglords of the Avenues with Johnny Peebucks singing (formed in Oakland, California in 2004), and Spike Slawson's Me First and the Gimme Gimmes (in which he is the vocalist).
Drummer Greg McEntee also joined Viva Hate in February 2007, and the Re-Volts are fronted by Spike Slawson, with Darius Koski and Jack Dalrymple on guitar for their first record. Dalrymple was the former vocalist/guitarist for fellow Fat Wreck band Dead to Me as well. Jack also sings and plays guitar in 2 bands that are on Adeline Records, first is the band One Man Army which recently reunited after almost a decade of hiatus and released a new EP. The 2nd is a brand new band named ToyGuitar which Jack is joined by Miles Peck on guitar as well. Miles is also the lead singer and guitarist in bay area punk band The Sore Thumbs.
- Johnny "Peebucks" Bonnel- lead vocals (1987–present)
- Darius Koski - guitars, vocals, accordion (1989–present)
- Jack Dalrymple- guitar, vocals (2006–present)
- Miles Peck- bass, vocals (2012–present)
- Luke Ray- drums (2015–present)
- Aric McKenna- guitar (1987-1989)
- Kevin Wickersham- bass (1987-1997)
- Greg McEntee- drums (1987-2015)
- Joel Dison- guitar (1989-1992)
- Max Huber- guitar, vocals ( 1992-2002)
- Spike Slawson- bass, vocals (1997-2012)
- The Streets of San Francisco - 1995
- A Juvenile Product of the Working Class - 1996
- Five Lessons Learned - 1998
- Swingin' Utters - 2000 - CMJ No. 50
- Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones - 2003
- Here, Under Protest - 2011
- Poorly Formed - 2013
- Fistful Of Hollow - 2014
- Scared - 1992
- Gives You Strength EP - 1992
- No Eager Men - 1993
- Nothing To Rely On - 1995
- The Sounds Wrong EP - 1995
- I Need Feedback - 1998
- Brazen Head E.P. - 1999
- Teen Idol Eyes - 1999
- "Fat Club" - 2001
- Brand New Lungs - 2010
- "Taking The Long Way" - 2010
- The Librarians Are Hiding Something - 2012
- Stuck in a Circle - 2013
- Swingin' Utters/Slip (split single with Slip) - 1994
- Swingin' Utters/UK Subs (split with UK Subs) - 1995
- Bombing the Bay (split with AFI) - 1997
- BYO Split Series Volume II (split with Youth Brigade) - 1999
- Der Glorreiche 7" Klub#4 (split with Wham Bam Bodyslam) - 2012
- Swingin' Utters/Modern Action (split single) (Modern Action Records 2013)
- "Five Lessons Learned"- Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2
- "Stupid Lullabies" - Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX
- "Eddie's Teddy" - The Rocky Horror Punk Rock Show
- "The Lonely" - That Darn Punk
- "Dirty sea"- Keep the Beat, Hairball 8 records - 1996
- "Reggae Gets Big In A Small Town" - Mighty Attack - 1999
- "Teenage Genocide" - Hardcore Breakout USA 1,2,3,... - 2004
- "Not Your Savior" - The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute - 2013
- Live at the Bottom of the Hill (2003)
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