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|Swingin' Utters, Youth Brigade|
Vol. 2-Byo Split Series
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Split release featuring six new tracks apiece by Southern California punk legends Youth Brigade and North California alternative rockers Swingin' Utters, who were influenced by The Clash, The Pogues and Stiff Little Finger... more »
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Split release featuring six new tracks apiece by Southern California punk legends Youth Brigade and North California alternative rockers Swingin' Utters, who were influenced by The Clash, The Pogues and Stiff Little Fingers. 12 tracks total. 1999 release.
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Youth brigade return home
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to be honest I expected to like the Swingin' utters side. A complete turnaround. The Swingin' Utters come on strong with my favorite being the regret filled 'Haven't seen yourself in years'. But the suprise is in the Youth Brigade side. All 6 songs rip off fast and furious, like the days of yore of 'sink with kalifornia' fame. Its all their from the group vocals, to the intilligent lyrics. Great great job and all 6 songs just leave you thirsty for a full length. The last YB record had its moments but some of the sarcasm was overshot and the bass guitar has that typical flat dull sound that almost became a Youth brigade trademark to me. But this split has re-opened my eyes to this legendary SoCal band. If you wrote them off, heres proof that Youth Brigade will never 'decline' and 'youth' will always remain a state of mind alive in their songs."
Another one...my bois can't go wrong
Jace | Midwest, USA | 12/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok. Here's the skinny; the Utters are the best punk rock band now, and ever. I own every released recording by this band, and let me tell you that is no easy feat. as a lot of their releases were limited to 200 to 1000 presses. These tracks take off where the last EP, "Brazen Head" stopped. More smooth melodies, catchy riffs, and punker than f ck attitude. Again, there's a heavy Clash/Pogues feel (I would feel cheated by now if there wasn't) but the Utters are deffintly establishing thier own sound now instead of just simply imitating thier idols from 70's England. They even pound out an amazing cover of Queen's "'39", and I could not believe how well they succeeded. I mean, Queen? My only complaint is that "Troubadour" sounds incredibly similar to "Picture's Perfect" from their latest LP, "Five Leasons Learned" But no matter, this is an essential addition to your collection if you're in any way familiar with the Swingin Utters' work."
Youth Brigade's Shawn Stern remains insightful
Jace | 12/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"hey all,The Punk documentary "Another State of Mind" showed a young, wide eyed Shawn Stern displaying to the world his passion for Punk and its ideals. Countless years later[ :) ] Stern's flame still burns. He deals with his past without overly lamenting for those "good old days" and his lyrics reflecting on the present are insightful. Its apparent Stern has come full circle. My recent interview w/Shawn had him eagerly discussing Punk like it just happened yesterday! He showed no signs of hanging his guitar up or surrendering to a more mellow lifestyle. Youth Brigade? oh the irony! three brothers in their mid 30's (?) calling themselves Youth Brigade, but don't you see?! age is a mental state! their passion shows that they live for today. Shawn organized BYO Records, an independent, DIY label run out of LA. Instead of sitting back and pointing a finger, Shawn seeks to better Punk and lends a helping hand to others.The 'Utters tracks have a Social Distortion, Oi type feel. I don't understand why everyone fusses over them, but I must admit the lyrics were impressive."