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 #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 # 4

Kill Me, I Need The Rest… The Master Of Disaster

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Duane Peters! Master of Disaster. A junkie, a fuck up, a bum, a legend and man who has had permanent effects on skate boarding and punk rock music.  Most know Duane as either the front man of U.S. Bombs or as a skater.  Many don’t know both and less even know about his importance to skate boarding. But don’t give me blank or worried stares, I’ll introduce ya the spectrum of the Disaster.

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So in the skate world this nut case invented a number of tricks including the acid drop which forever changed vert skating.  Other tricks on his resume include the sweeper, indy air and the fakie hang-up (better known as the Disaster).  He was also the first and one of the few to conquer the loop of death.  One of the skaters to start the punk style of more narrow legged pants and high top chucks.  He was a pro on the Santa Cruz team and has had a long standing sponsorship with Independent Trucks.  Also has had many of his own model shoes. First was on Vision.  Yep, he skated with the other skate punk legend Gator.  He then had a shoe on Draven.  Was lucky enough to get kicks straight from the place.

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858Never met Duane, but got to hear the story of him getting staph infection in Australia from drinking beer out of a prosthetic leg.  Currently he has a shoe out on Iron Fist. The current skate team he’s on with Mike Vallely.  Perhaps his best known team was Emergency which was a division of Black Label.

Outside of being the most bad ass skate punk since Jay Adams, Duane has led a number some great punk rock bands.  There was Political Crap which never really went anywhere and involved some members of the Jaks which were a skate punk crew in San Francisco.

His first band to record was Exploding Fuckdolls. They concentrated on the old 77 punk sound and was merely a gateway band to much bigger things to come in the world of punk rock life.


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10134They had a harder sound than the Hunns, something like a bar room brawl.  Duanes most recent offering is The Great unwashed which is a blues punk project with lyrics sounding as though written by Charles Bukowski.  All of Duanes bands are still active in a touring manner, so the stuff we remember can still be caught at some dive bar or punk venue.  Duane has some new band starting up. Details are currently scarce, so be on the lookout for him screaming some new punk rock songs into that old mic.  Well that’s a basic Duane Peters run down.  If ya want more, get Who Cares, The Duane Peters story on dvd. And here’s hoping we’re all rockin’ that hard at 52 years young!

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-Maty Almost