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Swingin' Utters, Western Addiction, The New Trust

A benefit for the Phoenix's sprinkler/roof fund!

Swingin' Utters

Western Addiction

The New Trust

Cash Pony, Pagan Holiday

Sat, February 9, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 11:30 pm)

$15.00

This event is all ages

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Swingin' Utters
Swingin' Utters
Originally formed in the '80s, the Swingin' Utters brought their own brand of aggressive music to the growing Bay Area punk scene. As well as being classed as a rock, street punk and even Oi band, reminiscent of British '70s bands, Swingin' Utters have increasingly shown themselves to be influenced by traditional Irish, American country, folk, and Reggae. Soon the Swingin' Utters established their position as the West Coast's most dependable purveyors of gimmick-free punk. The genre is all about nonconformity and youthful aggression and rebelling against all things corporate. Without straying from their proletariat roots and blue-collar attitude, the Utters managed to maintain a nearly impossible level of respect from a culture that generally despises any shifts toward mainstream popularity. Swingin' Utters seem ready to defy the usual aging process that forces most punk bands to become little more than musical points of reference. The original punk revivalists stand undeterred by odds that are surely stacked against them, at least in a commercial sense. Of course, MTV sex-appeal and success on the pop-charts have no correlation to punk rock triumph. No lucrative record deal or marketing tactic could prove victory for the Swingin' Utters. These details are trivial in comparison to what the band possesses: a loyal fan-base of over two decades and a permanent position in the history book of American punk.
Western Addiction
Western Addiction
Punk band from San Francisco, CA, USA.
The New Trust
The New Trust
Depending on which part of its story you choose to focus on, The New Trust is either extremely straightforward or tantalizingly complex. In one corner, the co-ed band from Santa Rosa—located about 55 miles north of San Francisco—plays unpretentious, fired-up indie-rock songs that bring to mind the mid-’90s heyday (think Boilermaker, Knapsack, early Promise Ring, etc.), are catchy as all get-out, and rarely reach the three-minute mark. In the other is a European tour the band booked only a year after it formed, lyrics that quote Jermaine Stewart’s “We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off” while dissing religion and championing a DIY lifestyle, and a guitarist who originally thought her six-string would be used to sing her future kids to sleep.

“My goal was someday I would at least be good enough to play ‘Puff The Magic Dragon’ to our children,” says Sara Sanger, who happens to be the wife of singer-bassist Josh Staples, who also handles The Velvet Teen’s low end. To some, their married-and-in-a-band arrangement is another oddity, but it’s hard to get anyone in the band to see it that way—in fact, Sanger would probably still be completely focused on her photography if it wasn’t for Staples’ encouragement. “Josh was so serious, and such an optimist—he doesn’t do anything unless he knows that it’s going to happen. I didn’t realize that for a long time. I just thought, ‘Oh, this is just something he’s doing for his wife to make me feel better.’”
Venue Information:
The Phoenix Theater
201 Washington St
Petaluma, CA, 94952
http://www.thephoenixtheater.com/