Swingin Utters

Swingin Utters

The Swingin' Utters have been kicking around the San Francisco Bay Area for 25 years now. They've met their wives and their best friends on these streets; they've grown and aged right here in the Bay Area. This has ignited the very essence of what goes into their value system and more importantly their music, because it is a reflection of those experiences. For example, the band took a break to raise their families, right at the height of their popularity! Did it faze them? Not really. Darius became a plumber. Johnny honed his drawing skills and started a screen printing business in his garage. Spike continued singing for all-star cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. No one really knows how Greg spends his time. He is sort of a mystery. That's the thing with these guys. It is family first, with music always germinating within those life choices. During the Utters' semi-hiatus, they all continued playing music in bands like Druglords of the Avenues, the Re-volts and Filthy Thieving Bastards. Their life experiences influence what goes into their records. A case in point is their debut: 1995's The Streets of San Francisco; their first full length and an essential "streetpunk" masterpiece. Fat Mike took notice of their grit and honesty, and signed them to Fat Wreck Chords. From there they put out a ton of great records, including A Juvenile Product of the Working Class, Five Lessons Learned, Brazen Head, Swingin' Utters and Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones. For 10 years the Utters toured relentlessly with the likes of Rancid, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys and everyone in between. Which brings us back to celebrating their 25th anniversary, the band fully recharged with their second album in three years and no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Blacklist Royals

After years of touring, overcoming everything from member changes to terminal illness, Blacklist Royals DIY approach and die-hard spirit won the attention of Paper and Plastick Records (owned by former Fueled By Ramen founder, Vinnie Fiorello); Gunner Records also supported the band's European release, alongside their catalogue of artists such as Frank Turner and Gaslight Anthem. Both labels relea
sed Blacklist Royals' critically acclaimed debut full-length album, "Semper Liberi" in late 2010.

After having spent 2010 touring across the United States and Canada, Blacklist Royals kicked off 2011 by showcasing the song "Churchbells are Ringing" on the hit television series, "Sons of Anarchy," on the FX Network, followed by a run of sold-out shows with Less Than Jake. In early spring, the band embarked on an extremely successful European tour, including dates supporting Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, and performing at the sold-out Groezrock Festival, they then went on to spend nearly the entire summer on the vans warped tour and closed out the year with a sold out show at the gainesville fest.

Having spent the first part of 2012 writing/demoing new material, the band hit the road again in March to play the sold out Shirts For A Cure showcase at sxsw and announced the release of the flexi-disc single “brother and sisters” this may on folsom records (started by trever keith of face to face and the founder of vagrant records, rich egan). Blacklist Royals will be touring the east coast and canada this spring in support, including a main stage appearance at Pouzza Fest and a string of dates with Face To Face.

With a run of shows on Warped Tour this July and a August/September European tour already on the books, Blacklist Royals plan on recording their new full length this summer, putting all their travels and trials from the last 2 years on tape, and setting out to prove that the great American rock ‘n’ roll band is not a thing of the past.

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