Swingin’ Utters have long been a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene, a band that’s been around even longer than Fat, and a band we’ve loved since the first time we heard The Streets of San Francisco. And with them since day one has been drummer Greg McEntee. A genuinely good, personable, humble guy, good friend, and ultimate supporter of San Francisco punk rock. But after a quarter century dedicated to the Utters and their music, Greg has decided to part ways with the band. Greg founded Swingin’ Utters along with former bassist Kevin Wickersham and vocalist Johnny Bonnel who reflects, “Greg is moving on and Swingin’ Utters thank you and wish you luck in life. All of us have gained strength from our travels together. We love you!” We echo that last sentiment and now, a few words from Greg:
Since forming the Swingin’ Utters with friends in the 80’s, I’ve spent most of my life playin’ in the band. So with a heavy heart I announce that I’m leaving. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve traveled and played music around the world with friends. I’ve met, played with and became friends with some of my most admired musicians. As a kid, music helped me to survive and it was always my dream to tour the world. I appreciate the life I was given and was able to share it with the Utters. To my friends Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski, words fail me. We three have been to hell and back. We remained the core of the Utters and are survivors. To Jack Dalrymple, Miles Peck, all Utters past and present, the decades of fans’ support, Mike, Erin, all at Fat Wreck Chords, Stormy and Leave Home Booking, I thank you fer all you’ve done and I got nothin’ but love fer y’all. Wherever my musical journey takes me next I hope to see y’all and continue our friendships. Peace & love.
Photo By: Alan Snodgrass
Next week, Swingin’ Utters kick off their next tour, the first headlining tour in support of Fistful of Hollow, their fantastic new record. For this tour, Greg will be passing the sticks to Luke Ray, who many of you know from Cobra Skulls. If you want to see the Swingin’ Utters with Greg one last time, you’ll need to pack your bags and attend Punk Rock Bowling because that will be his proper send off and final Utters show!
Konnichiwa! 2015 is going to be a gargantuan year for Fat Wreck Chords as we’re celebrating our 25 year anniversary! Trust us, we’ve been busy trying to plan a proper celebration and we have a TON in the works but today is the day that we can reveal that we’ll celebrate part of it on November 23rd in Tokyo, JAPAN! Anchoring the show will be NOFX and LAGWAGON performing at Makuhari Messe with a slew of other bands that must remain unnamed at the moment. Don’t be a stranger to our site, we’ll be announcing a bunch of killer news soon so be sure to visit us next week!
コンニチハ！今年はFatにとってものスゴくデカい年で２５周年を迎えることになった！２５周年を祝うためにいろいろ計画をしてる、その一部として１１月２３日に幕張メッセで２５周年を祝うイベントが決定した。NOFX,Lagwagon を筆頭に、他にまだ発表できないバンドが出演するので情報はココで をチェックしてくれ！ 来週もいろいろニュースがあるぞ！
We can officially announce that there is Peace in Our Time, and that time is today! The brand new Good Riddance full-length Peace In Our Time is out now! Listen to them shred from start to finish over at Substream Magazine who are streaming the album in its entirety. Then read a killer review or two or three, and order your copy today! Check out their upcoming tour dates which include Groezrock, Bay Area and Canadian shows, with more to be announced soon!
Not Sorry is the first full-length album from Bad Cop/Bad Cop. Aptly titled, Not Sorry —produced by Fat Mike and recorded by Davey Warsop at Hurley Studios in Costa Mesa—brazenly blasts out some of the most vibrant pop-punk around today. Laden with catchy hooks, three part harmonies that’d make The Beach Boys jealous and tons of attitude, all thirteen tracks showcase their uncanny ability to blend aggressive instrumentation with polished vocals. Curious to see them live? We’ve got you covered because they’ll be tearing up North America with hefty amounts of touring to support the release. Don’t be a stranger to our site because we’ll be announcing those dates and premiering a new song shortly. Californians! This is where you should pay attention because Bad Cop/Bad Cop is joining Good Riddance for their series of record release shows starting TODAY in Los Angeles! Don’t miss this bombastic show because both bands will be bringing it. And now, a few words from Bad Cop/Bad Cop:
“We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to work with Mike on our first full length record. Continuing our creative relationship with Davey and Hurley was very important to us, as we love him and he is such a tremendous part of our sound. We are excited to share Not Sorry with the world—it covers a lot of true stories and ideals, issues we talk about together as a family. Also, the prospect of touring the shit out of the U.S. and more is pretty thrilling. Bring on the month-long slumber parties!”
The new Good Riddance record doesn’t come out until next week, but we just couldn’t wait to share Peace in Our Time with you, considering how amped we are on it! Americans, Australians and Kiwis: go to Pandora now! Europe, we have you covered compliments of Visions Magazine. And we didn’t forget our neighbors to the north: Canadians, Exclaim has your premiere. Californians, Good Riddance launch their series of record release shows this week with label mates Bad Cop/Bad Cop!
Here’s a new Darius Koski review on No Depression!
PEARS start their tour today in Austin!
CJ RAMONE is playing the 2015 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash tonight!
Strung Out is playing Picnic in Pozo with Bad Religion, Misfits and more!
Check out an interview with vocalist, Russ Rankin of Good Riddance.
Good Riddance, Swingin’ Utters, and Masked Intruder have all been added to FAT WRECKED FOR 25 YEARS in Japan!
Check out a rad Strung Out show review and interview with bassist Chris Aiken!
Due to extreme illness, Strung Out has been forced to cancel their show in Boston tonight. Full refunds will be issued at point of purchase.