I didn’t write a list of my favorite albums of 2014, because honestly I didn’t get to listen/review to as many as I would have liked due to being insanely busy… But I was surprised when I read other people’s lists and didn’t really see Swingin’ Utters latest Fistful Of Hollow on there, because it would easily make my favorites list.
San Francisco based Swingin’ Utters have been at it since the late 80s, and if their latest album is any indication, then they certainly haven’t missed a beat. The 9th full length by Swingin’ Utters, Fistful of Hollow contains 15 catchy punk rock anthems. Whether it’s the incredibly Descendents influenced title track “Fistful Of Hollow”, the circle pit inspiring “From The Towers To The Tenaments”, or the anthematic “Tonight’s Moon”, I think Fistful Of Hollow has some of the best songs that Swingin’ Utters have ever written.
The band pulls in some of their slower folk influences as well on sing-along tracks like “Napalm South” and “Tibetan Book Of The Damned”. While not my favorites on the album, they do showcase Swingin’ Utters wide range of influences.
Definitely a fan, Swingin’ Utters seem to be one of those bands that too many punk fans overlook. Don’t be one of them, Fistful Of Hollow slays.