Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Album Review: ‘Fistful of Hollow’ by Swingin’ Utters

Title:  Fistful of Hollow (Fat Wreck Chords, Amazon, iTunes, Interpunk, AllMusic, Wikipedia)
Artist:  Swingin’ Utters (Official, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Last.fm, AllMusic, Wikipedia)

After 27 years and nine studio records, one would think that the Swingin’ Utters wouldn’t have anything new to bring to the table.  One would be wrong.  The Utters’ latest album, Fistful of Hollow is a testament to the never-ending growth and development of the band.  While still sounding like a Swingin’ Utters’ album, Fistful of Hollow adds another layer to an already complex musical history that has flawlessly mixed elements of punk, oi, folk, country, power pop, and college rock.  With the lineup solidified and bassist Mike Peck and guitarist Jack Darlymple now completely entrenched in the group, the Utters’ have forged a path with a strong and cohesive record that remembers the past while looking towards the future.  Fistful of Hollow proves that the Swingin’ Utters are far from being a nostalgia act and far from being done.  I suspect that the best is yet to come.  

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