When the Swingin’ Utters finally released Here, Under Protest last April after an 8 year wait, fans were seriously excited and rewarded for their loyalty and patience with another well-crafted punk rock masterpiece. And that was just the start. With a flurry of writing in 2012, the band quickly released a new two song 7” titled The Librarians Are Hiding Something last Fall, with another full length already recorded, now set for release on February 19th, 2013. Now what was particularly cool about this single is that the A-side was a nice precursor to what fans could expect from the upcoming full length in that it welcomed the appearance of new bassist Miles Peck on an Utters record ANDmarked Jack Dalrymple’s debut as a songwriter for the band, as he and vocalist Johnny Bonnel co-wrote Librarians. Said Bonnel, “I’ll simply say it is one of the happiest times in my years with Swingin’ Utters. Being able to create music with these dudes is pretty exciting and I’m looking forward to writing more!” And so onwards and upwards to the present.
With their latest opus Poorly Formed, Swingin’ Utters continue to shatter musical boundaries. Obviously they’ve got the punk rock end of the spectrum nailed, and have always had a flare for folk and coun¬try as well, but this album sees them hone their indie/post-punk/garage-rock skills. Part of that is due to the emergence of Jack Dalrymple (of One Man Army fame) as a contributing songwriter for the first time since he officially joined the band and started recording with them on their last full-length. Mix that with Johnny and Darius’ well established songwriting prowess, and round it out with their collective pop sensibilities, and what you end up with is a truly unforgettable album. Picture some classicSwingin’ Utters with a dash of Gang of Four and a pinch of The Strokes, all wrapped up in a bunch of catchy melodies and you’ll start to get an idea of what you’re in for withPoorly Formed.
Get ready to redefine just who the Swingin’ Utters are, since they’re not a band who’s ever made the same record twice. And while the tones and arrangements set this record apart from their recent work, there’s still plenty of piss ‘n’ vinegar along with all the other hallmarks of a great Swingin’ Utters record: catchy melodies, diverse instrumentation, and intelligent, heartfelt lyrics.
Catch 'em live :
London, ON Canada
Call The Office
Toronto, ON Canada
The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern
w/ The Lucky Ones, Skullians
Montreal, QC, Canada
w/ Walk Of Shame, Addington Lennox