Maty’s Corner #31 I Wanna Be Unusual, I Wanna Be Punk Rock: Guttermouth

Maty’s Corner #31

I Wanna Be Unusual, I Wanna Be Punk Rock:

Guttermouth

Starting in 1988 from Huntington Beach, CA is a band with no middle ground on fan base, Guttermouth. One of the more influential skate punk bands, their lyrics definitely tapped into the attitude and these guys were exactly that. Led by the extremely sensitive Mark Adkins this band knows how to make ya feel special and loved. Actually, they don’t give a crap. Whether you think they’re awesome or they fucking piss you off, if you’ve heard them, you’ve strongly reacted. If you’re able to hang, enjoy the ride, if not, get off the ramp now!

1991 saw their first album titled Full Length. The cd version includes the Puke and Balls EPs. All of this was released on Dr. Strange Records. It would be reissued by Nitro in 1996. These first releases established the band’s presence as a hard driving fuck you of a skate punk band. Songs like 1,2,3, Slam and Bruce Lee Vs. The Kiss Army let us know that things aren’t that serious, so have a good time.

1994 dropped in with Friendly People. This really turned up the offense. Songs like P.C. set the tone for a band that that the “ethical” crowd wasn’t gonna dig on. 10 years after this album they would manage to get pushed out of a warped tour for upsetting a number of bands by not following the established punk rule of falling in line with the democrats. So much for punk being about having your own ideas and opinions.

1996 came out with Teri Yakimoto. They had started getting better musically. The tongue in cheek kept right on going. They had even been working with some harmonies. The Guttermouth sound was still true, just improved.

1997 saw what this band’s best album, Musical Monkey is probably. With songs like Lucky the Donkey, Lipstick, and Do the Hustle nothing was safe or sacred here. The entire album is hilarious and just rages through 28 minutes of punk fucking rock. It’s definitely my favorite. Do the Hustle is also known as Skater’s Anthem. If you don’t know why, find and listen to that song now, then come back to reading.

1999 brought Gorgeous. This would be their last release on Nitro. This had a more aggressive sound than their previous releases. It continues to be as good as their other albums. A highlight track on this is Viva America, reminding us that things could be worse elsewhere in their unique way.

2001 saw their first release on Epitaph. This saw Guttermouth move back to the sound of previous albums. There are several great songs on this, such as Can I Borrow Some Ambition and Secure Horizons. The latter track sounds halfway like financial advice from Mr. Adkins. Also an intimate look at relationships with She’s Got the Look.

2002 gave us Gusto! They got a bit more experimental with the sound here. It’s still good. The opening song is a stand out. The usual insult of the whinier contingent of the punk scene. Scholarship in punk and Contribution are also great tracks. Critics and fans bitched about the album being so different. Well, fuck the critics, and if you love a band, you’ll learn to adjust.

2004 saw Guttermouth sign to Volcom Entertainment and release Eat Your Face. The cover looks like a joke on the over angry crust punk bands who feel a need to put some fucked up looking starving child on every bands’ fucking album. Note: calm the fuck down Profane Existence, your making punk a dousche instead of a threat. Moving along, this is a great album seeing this crew go back to the sound we know and love so those who can’t adapt could stop freaking out. Great track here is Surf’s Up Asshole.

2006 saw what is their most recent release, Shave the Planet. Best track on this is My Chemical Imbalance. This is as good as their whole catalogue. They are currently active on Hopless records touring. Hopefully they’ll put an album out sooner or later. No go put on some Guttermouth and fucking shred!

 

-Maty Almost

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Fish Tank #30 D Term Nation Strikes Small Town: The LINE

Fish Tank #30

D Term Nation Strikes Small Town:

The LINE


Starting in 1995 outta Big Bear Lake, CA was the LINE. The most unique and interesting skate punk band and my personal favorite. The music is a blend 90’s skate punk, 80’s hard core and a bit of stoner metal. These guys blew up pretty big in my hometown scene of Big Bear, CA. This band was put together by Ryan Immegart (Volcom’s first sponsored snow boarder and co-founder of Volcom Entertainment.) Info on this band has been difficult to come by, so some parts of this article are on the fly, appropriate I’m sure.

1995… maybe, saw their first release, Self Titled Again. Right at the drop in these guys were more technical players than most of their contemporaries. This album is shows influences like Guttermouth, but has instrumental skill akin to and above Propagandhi. These guys defiantly had their shit together before hitting the studio.

1997 brought us their second release Auricle. While still being to the core skate punk, they had evolved in their playing. I tend to think this distinction might have a bit to do with why they didn’t get as big as Pennywise for instance. The stand out track on this is Destructive Preservation. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the other bands I’ve mentioned, the LINE just had something going on that no one else was trying. It takes pretty big balls to take a risk, something to be expected from one of the gnarliest snow boarders.

2000 came out with Dissimilar. This album featured what is probably this band’s biggest song D Term Nation, one of my favorite songs period. The song became pretty much a theme for snowboarding and skate in my town. It really meant something when the Winter X Games happened about 2 miles from where I lived. The entire album is solid. This saw them experimenting with a bit of thrash and metal influence but keeping true to their punk roots.

2001 saw what would be the LINE’s final release, Monsters We Breed. The musical progression of this unit continued on. The stand out on this is Earthworm Crisis, I think it’s about a prisoner awaiting execution for some horrible crime. Damn shame this band hung it up, but the 4 solid releases keep living on. Get a hold of this stuff, then grab your skate or snowboard and fucking shred the gnar!

You can get their music at http://volcomentertainment.bandcamp.com/

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #29 I Wanna War with You! Duane Peters Gun Fight

Maty’s Corner #29

I Wanna War with You!

Duane Peters Gun Fight

 

            Starting around 2004 outta Long Beach, CA is Duane Peters Gunfight. A currently ongoing band of Duane’s. It’s a straight bad ass blend of punk and dirty rock n’ roll. These guys are a hell of a live act as well. I’ve been fortunate enough to catch them once. Duane is a fucking mad man on the stage, no disappointment.

            2005 Marked Gunfight’s first self titled album. It’s a 9 track boot to the face that reminds punk of what it’s supposed to be about. The best track on this is the opener War With You. From there it barrels through the rest of a wall peeling shit kicker of a listen. I’ve heard some punks bitch about this band… fuck ‘em.

            2009 gave us their most recent release Checkmate. The stand out on this is Spinal Tapped. A song that when I first heard it, I knew I’d dig on for the rest of my life. There’s a bit more rock vibe on tracks like Voodoo Tramp. The feel of this album is fuck on the floor and break shit. Now that you know this band, get the tunes and catch ‘em at live show. I’ll see ya in the pit!

 

 

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #28 Exploding Fuck Dolls

Maty’s Corner #28

Exploding Fuck Dolls

 

            Starting in 1991 out of San Francisco by members of the infamous Jaks crew was the Exploding Fuck Dolls. This was Duane Peter’s first formal band being that Political Crap didn’t really record anything I know of. He came in after the founding vocalist died from an overdose. Besides boasting the master of disaster, the rhythm section was the Godoy twins. They totaled 3 vocalists, 1 of which sounds quite a bit like Joe Strummer. They have one 19 track album entitled Crack the Safe that encompasses all of their recorded material. It is hard to find, but well worth it. The music is no bull shit 77 punk rock. So find this, hop on your board and shred the streets with these guys as your soundtrack.

 

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #27 Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed

Maty’s Corner #27

Duane Peters and the Great Unwashed Review

 

Coming out in 2012 was Duane Peters and The Great Unwashed. A bit of a one off side project from the master of disaster. While short lived, they did release on great album titled Beautiful Tragedy. It’s out and out punk blues with a lot of great piano and even a bit of harmonica, a definite departure from other music that Duane has put out. Most of lyrics sound like lost writings from Charles Bukowski’s urban genius. The two big stand outs for me are Coffee In The Kitchen Gone and the title track. This was released vinyl only or you can download it from http://duanepetersandthegreatunwashed.bandcamp.com/album/beautiful-tragedy

Go ahead and get this if you don’t a have it. A must for fans of Duane and just good sad music.

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #26 U.S. Bombs The World and Has a War Birth

Maty’s Corner #26

U.S. Bombs The World and Has a War Birth

 

Starting in 1993 out of Orange County, CA was Duane Peters’ first major band, U.S. Bombs. This band was founded after the implosion of Duane’s first band, Exploding Fuck Dolls. These guys were a straight up 77 style punk band with a number of songs about skating. Easily on of the best all time skate punk bands. They spent a number of years on the perfect fit of Hell Cat Records.

1994 brought out their first album Put Strength in the Final Blow. As strong a debut as any punk can ask a band for. This set the standard for a sound that differed from the rest of skate punk. Shying away from the melodic current sound this takes punk back to its roots and adds a 7 ply under those old Docs. Though this album doesn’t contain the skate anthems of later releases it’s just great simple punk fucking rock.

1996 saw the release of Garibaldi Guard. It opens with Duane talking about being homeless and it sounds like the mad genius of a Bukowski story. This release rocks harder than their first and continues this band’s reputation of the soundtrack to a great skate session. Every song sounds like a tribute to on of Duane’s favorite 77 punk bands in a good way.

1997 drops in with 1 of my 2 favorite Bombs albums, War Birth. This includes Jaks, one of the best skate songs without question. Every song on this album is absolutely great. This marked their first album on Hell Cat Records. This label move raised the band to a well deserved higher popularity.

1999 shredded with The World. For me this band’s hands down best album. This album gave us one their biggest songs Skater Dater. As great as War birth was, both of which I got on the same day, this one blows it and the rest of the catalogue away. If you ever get a U.S. Bombs album, this is fucking it!

2001 came out with Back At The Laundromat. This is another steamroll of an album. As always it makes sure you remember what punk is before the first track ends. The memorable track off of this was Wig Out.

2003 flowed us Covert Action. This one rocks like The World and War Birth. A couple notables off this are Roll Around and Lab Rats. Needless to say, this is another one to throw in the ghetto box while you’re shredding someone’s pool.

2006 marked the Bomb’s last acid drop to date with We Are The Problem. If this is their end, at least it’s great and the bands has a perfect record of keeping the skate punks hooked. They had gone from Hell Cat to Sailor’s Grave Records for this one. Though I’ve heard that they have new stuff in the works, this is where we’re at today. So if ya don’t U.S. Bombs, get the tunes and play loud while shredding the gnar around town!

-Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #25 1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns

Maty’s Corner #25

1,2,3 Nuke HB! Die Hunns

            Starting in 2000 out of the So Cal scene was Die Hunns. One of the many bands led by Duane Peters. This band had 2 incarnations, one was Duane Peters and The Hunns which released 2 albums. The other was the better known Die Hunns which included Corey Parks on bass. They were an awesome mix of old school street punk and skate punk.

            2000 marked their first release with Unite. It opens up with Youth Ain’t A Fountain which is a gnarly rippin’ track. The most incendiary is Nuke HB, something I have chanted while skating around Huntington Beach. This is 14 tracks of Duane doing punk the only way he knows how, which is an awesome disaster.

            2001 gave us the second of  not under the Die Hunns name, being Tickets to Heaven. This is one of my favorite releases by Duane. From Love N’ Hate wich sounds like a Bukowski rambling with a sonic background to Wild Cards which rings like some kind of call to action. The whole album just blisters through running you over if you’re not ready.

            2002 kicked the door in with the second D.P. and Hunns album Wayward Bantams which contains many of their greatest songs. Starting with Surf Sacrifice “the surf is down in the streets!” This rolls right into Skate Away which is as good a session track as any. Also the nod to the end of the Z Boys era Dog Bowl Love. This also features an early version of War of the Worlds.

            2004 came out with the revamped Die Hunns in Long Legs. Corey Parks of Nashville Pussy fame rocks bass and some vocal duties on this. They re-did some of the old Hunns tracks such as Hate N’ Love. Also a re-do of Wild Cards that gave it a stand out a new life. This was beginning of an evolution of the Hunns sound with a bit of down n’ dirty rock in the mix.

            2006 kicked even harder with You Rot Me. Opening with the middle finger of Mad Society this album tells ya how it’s gonna fucking be. Then it slides into Jorge a near bluesy song about a vato drug dealer. It’s got a couple of rager tracks as well like the title track and the nihilistic death threat of 47th Street.

            2007 gave us Die Huns’ final release of Live Fast. It features gnarly covers of AC/DC’s Back In Black and Van Halen’s Ain’t Talkin ‘Bout Love. Both of these rock more than the original. This was a great swan song for this amazing band. So check out the skate punk band that spent some time on Volcom Records. Then grab your skate, look down from the edge and drop in!

– Maty Almost

Maty’s Corner #24 Worth Taking

Maty’s Corner #24
Anxious to Imitate Art:
Worth Taking

Starting in 2006 San Francisco’s worth taking is just good straight ahead pop punk music. Notable influence of Jimmy Eat World and I’d say Jawbreaker in their sound. They even boast a cover ep with MXPX’s Mike Herrera. Tight playing, great harmonies and songwriting.

2011 gave us their first recording, Anxious EP. It’s starts right off with down tempo power pop, think Jawbreaker’s Dear You album. There’s a desperation in the singing that screams authenticity and avoids cliché. The EP ends with a solid faster track that highlights their Jimmy Eat World influence. Titled The Battle, it’s the stand out of this release. The harmonies are amazing and the whole thing shows these guys spoent a lot of time cutting their teeth before recording at all.

2013 gave us their Punker Than Thou EP. This is covers from Green Day, MXPX and The Ramones. The 2 Ramones tracks are my my highlight on this. I may be partial, but they did an awesome job with them. The whole thing is a good job of these songs.

2013 brought a full length, Art Imitates Art. The years have been kind to their playing and writing. While some may or may not consider these guys necessarily “punk” they do bring it and it’s fucking good. Their’s even an intense 30 second track on here. Some this album makes me think of Alkaline Trio’s Maybe I’ll catch Fire. Get to know these guys and catch them if they play in your town.
-Maty Almost

Keep up with them at https://www.facebook.com/worthtaking

 

Maty’s Corner #23 Red City Radio

Maty’s Corner #23
One For The Sons and Daughters of Woody Guthrie:
Red City Radio

Red City Radio started in 2005 out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. These guys are a mix of electric folk punk and melodic hard core. Kind of old Against Me meets Avail with a side of Hot Water Music. Led be the strong voiced Garrett Dale their songs just cut in a good way. I stumbled across them 3 years ago and haven’t been sorry for one second.

Their first release (unsure of the year) was a full length demo titled The Consequences of a Life Worth Living. While being a demo it sounds as solid as any formal release. Right from the get go we are hit by amazing guitars, lyrics with something to say and sing along choruses. All of this backed by a songwriting ethic that rivals contemporaries like Menzingers and Gaslight Anthem.

 

2009 brought one of punk rock’s strongest EPs since Minutemen’s Paranoid Time. This is To the Sons and Daughters of Woody Guthrie. With an opening track that reminds me of early Strike anywhere. This is less harsh than the initial demo, but doesn’t de-fang the band at all. In fact the melodic increase strengthens the overall sound. The title track off this is what got me into these guys in the first place.


2011 saw their first formal full length, The Dangers of Standing Still. The steam roll of near folky hard driving melodies rolls on through this album. Their sound has gotten noticeably tighter as well. More of the Hot Water Music influence comes though on this album. The whole disc is great. “Together we can burn the fuckin’ city to the ground!”

2013 gave us their most recent release, Titles. This album has a more straight ahead sound, perhaps the band more coming into their own. They show no signs of letting up as this rocks as great as everything they’ve put out. So check these guys out, you won’t be sorry. “I am fucking unstoppable, I am a fucking juggernaut!”
-Maty Almost

Keep up with these guys:
https://www.facebook.com/redcityradio
http://www.redcityradio.net/

Maty’s Corner #22 Tellin’ Front Porch Stories of Being Lost and Rootless: A Story of Tim Barry

Maty’s Corner #22
Tellin’ Front Porch Stories of Being Lost and Rootless:
A Story of Tim Barry

Throw some beers in your bag, grab a fresh pack of smokes and hop in a boxcar with me, we’re gonna have a nice long talk about Tim Barry. You may be wondering “who in the hell is Tim Barry?” He fronted the amazing RVA punk rock band Avail from 1987-1008 and has had a solo folk punk career under his own name since 2004. This gruff voiced beast of a vocalist has been kickin’ round the scene for 27 years now and ain’t showing much sign of slowing anytime soon. Avail had there albums put out through Lookout and Fat Wreck and currently on Jade Tree. Prior to Avail Tim Barry was in punk band L.D. Kids, don’t know enough about them to write much on it.

The first album from the intersection of hard core and folk known as Avail came out in 1992 titled Satiate. Right out of the gate these southern boys proved they had the chops to keep up with any band anywhere in the scene with an amazing strong debut. Much of the sound on this, including Tim’s vocals, is very reminiscent of Fugazi. A completely solid listen to crank up and feel like your ceiling is gonna fall in on ya.

1994 saw their second album Dixie. They were coming into a sound fully of their own. Vocally it sounds more the Tim Barry voice we know now. As if their playing wasn’t solid enough, it jumps up a few notches on this album. This album even includes a totally bad ass cover of John Mellencamp’s Pink Houses.

1996 gave us what is probably Avail’s best album, 4AM Friday. It kicks off with the incredibly strong opener Simple Song which was featured in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4. Being a band not afraid to evolve this album features more of a straight ahead mid 90’s punk rock sound. They didn’t forsake their hardcore side at all as Monroe Park shows which is an anthem for the pit. Definitely my favorite Avail album here.

1998 saw the release of Over the James. This album is even more of the certain post punk sound that countless bands sine about 2000 have taken influence from. Some tracks still stay to the initial hardcore sound these guys are known for. My stand out on this has to be Cross Tie, kind of an electro folk sound on this one. The re release also features an acoustic of the song Lombardy Street, a hint at Tim’s music to come.

2000 dropped the release One Wrench which opens with a searing hard track to rip the paint off your walls. They continue on with the blend of hard core songs and these near folky songs that have spawned a scene known as beard punk, or Orgcore (whatever the fuck that means). This is as great of a realease as the rest of Avail’s efforts. For this they had left Lookout and been signed to Fat Wreck.

2002 brought us Avail’s final album, Front Porch Stories. They said good bye to everyone with one amazing album. A really interesting track West Wye a bad ass alt country intro to one of Avail’s gnarliest sounding tracks. Avail would be active off and on until 2008. 21 years of one the East Coast’s greatest bands and their farewell record was not at all disappointing.

Since 2004 Tim Barry has been putting out some amazing folk music. As of a couple weeks ago he has 6 albums. Throughout these there’s a personal evolution. It goes from sounding like an angry/ sad drunken hobo in songs like Church of Level Track and Avoiding Catatonic Surrender to sounding more like a satisfied family man with a wanderlust. His latest album Lost and Rootless really exemplifies this. A track on the new album title The James sounds a bit like a nod to his old days struggling to make it with a hard core band in the RVA scene. So if ya don’t know Tim Barry solo or Avail, beg borrow or steal to get this amazing music.
-Maty Almost