Listings are in the opposite order of appearance: headliner is listed at the top, next is the support band(s), and the last band listed is the opener.
September 13 2013
8:30PM doors -- music at 9:30PM ••• ALL AGES
members of One Man Army
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 released a new album in 2011.
Having begun in Santa Cruz, California, the band moved to San Francisco where they are now based. The early lineup comprised singer Johnny "Peebucks" Bonnel, guitarist/accordionist Darius Koski, bassist Kevin Wickersham, and drummer Greg McEntee.
The band's 1995 album The Streets of San Francisco won them 'Best Debut Album' at the Bay Area Music Awards, and they were included on the first Vans Warped Tour.
They have been signed to Fat Wreck Chords since 1996, releasing A Juvenile Product of the Working Class that year and releasing five further albums on the label since.
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.
The band toured the US with The Damned and Dropkick Murphys in the early 2000s. They also toured Europe with Rancid.
The band's track "The Lonely" was included in the Association for Independent Music (AFIM) Indie Award winning soundtrack of the 2001 film That Darn Punk.
In 2010 a tribute album for the band titled Untitled 21: A Juvenile Tribute to the Swingin' Utters was released.
After an 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.
The band recently finished their newest full length which is set to release in early 2013. Longtime bassist Spike Slawson has left the band and is replaced by Miles Peck.
In April 2013, the band toured Australia with Dropkick Murphys and Frank Turner.
There aren’t a lot of bands like Get Dead around these days. Instead of worrying about gimmicks and trends, this fivesome from San Francisco, California have always focused on the music and that’s evident with every passion-filled note they play. Get Dead started out performing together in 2007 after their respective bands called it quits and eventually attracted the attention of NOFX frontman Fat Mike who produced the band’s new full-length, Bad News and released it on his label Fat Wreck Chords.
“We were supposed to have band practice but instead we hollowed out a bunch of pineapples and put gin inside of them; it got sticky and since then we’ve just been Get Dead,” vocalist Sam King says of the group’s formation. Admittedly it’s been a long journey for the act from their humble (and messy) beginning to signing with Fat Wreck Chords, but the group—which also includes guitarists Mike McGuire and Moki Noodlez, bassist Tim Mehew and drummer Scott Powell—have never lost sight of the organic nature of their formation and are excited to share their newest collection of songs with music fans all over the world.
Merging elements of punk rock with traditional acoustic instrumentation, Bad News shows that Get Dead have stepped things up when it comes to both songwriting and arrangements. “Most of us are of Irish descent so I think that our style of punk rock comes from that upbringing,” King says about the band’s unique sound. While their past releases have focused on either acoustic or electric instruments, Bad News sees the band expanding their sound to include both of these elements for an album that perfectly encapsulates the group’s sound.
Fat Mike was introduced to Get Dead through a mutual friend and as soon as he saw the band he signed them to his label and offered to produce Bad News at his own Motor Studios, bringing a new voice into this tight-knit unit for the first time. “We were initially kind of scared to bring someone else into our writing process but Mike has such great ears and had really good input when it came to trying to add a chord or tweak a progression,” King explains. “It was actually nice to have an outside perspective from someone that we really respect and I think it helped make this album sound varied and vivid.”
From stripped-down acoustic numbers like “This One’s For Johnny” to rollicking rockers such as “Riverbank,” Bad News showcases how truly versatile the band are and it also serves as an accurate document of how spontaneous the band’s live shows can be. “For this record we just called up our buddies and had them come by to play horns, upright bass or whatever else we needed,” King explains. Ultimately members of Mariachi El Bronx, Lagwagon, Angry Amputees and more all pitched in to help the album retain the raucous feel of the band’s powerful live shows, which are more of a barroom sing-along than a traditional concert.
Lyrically Get Dead eschew fiction to focus on the subjects that they know like the back of their hands: heartbreak, traveling and, yes, drinking. (The band’s latest 7-inch wasn’t called Tall Cans & Loose Ends for nothing.) “Everything we write about is based on our own personal experiences and these songs are all about real-life events that actually happened to us,” King explains, referencing brutally honest tracks like “Welcome To Hell.” “I think when you’re singing about something that’s really close to you the crowd can feel that connection and feed off that energy, so that’s what we’ve always done.”
Despite the fact that Get Dead are on Fat Wreck Chords, they plan on continuing to stay self-sufficient when it comes to booking their own shows, printing their own shirts and keeping the original spirt of the band alive. “The last time I checked punk was supposed to be D.I.Y. and Fat gets that which is what makes them such a good match for us,” King summarizes. “We just can’t wait to get back out on the road and start playing these songs live for new audiences so we can represent our hometown and do right by the Bay Area.”
Adeline Records has signed Toy Guitar. The band features two members of One Man Army and will be releasing their debut EP this summer.
One Man Army briefly reunited last year but band members have kept busy since their original breakup with stints in Dead To Me, U.S. Bombs, Swingin' Utters, Re-Volts and more.