Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Todays show - Live bands! ok, not live in the studio but, live recordings. Theres something about the live energy, that cant be captured in a recording studio. I found my compressor! Damn, me likes. If it sounds like ass on your ipod, drop me an email
Here's the live bands on todays show....
Back trax by, Rocket city riot, and ended the show today with The plus. Thanks guys!

Gecko 3
Edinburgh based groove trio - gig highlights are mini tours in Scottish central best and highlands, London (including Ronnie Scott's), New York, Germany and N. France. 2nd EP 'Mentum' released in 2005

Swingin' Utters
San Francisco’s biggest and best punk band, the Swingin’ Utters, have returned to set the scene aright with two powerful releases: their latest studio full length, Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones, and their even more recent live album for Fat’s Live In A Dive series. Where other bands have made a mockery of street punk with their corny gimmicks and posturing, the Utters deliver music brimming with the passion and desperation the genre is known for.
It all started for the Utters back in 1995 with their first full length The Streets of San Francisco, which was released to critical acclaim. As a result, the band received two Bammy’s (Bay Area Music Awards), one of which for best debut album. Their success caught the attention of many others as they were then invited to join the first Warped Tour and later went on to tour with fellow Bay Area punkers, Rancid.
We here at Fat Wreck Chords snatched the Utters up in 1996 in time to release a classic punk record in A Juvenile Product of the Working Class. Considered by many as one of the best punk records of the 90’s, Juvenile Product marked the Utters as the premiere punk outfit from SF. The release of this album sent the Utters into a touring frenzy as they toured the U.S. and Europe for nearly a full year with bands like the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, NOFX, and Social Distortion.
Since then, the Utters have put out some glorious material. Two full lengths: Five Lessons Learned and a self-titled record in late 2000; and two EPs: Sounds Wrong and Brazen Head. Years of hard work and quality releases have firmly established them at the top of the Oi/streetpunk scene and garnered them much respect from their peers, touring nationally with The Dropkick Murphys and The Damned. They’ve even further bolstered their lineup by adding Spike from Me First and the Gimme Gimmes to give them yet another vocalist.
Throughout all these great tours and great records the band has stayed true to their working class ethic and proletariat roots by maintaining their blue-collar day jobs. Other bands pretend to sing about the plight of the working man, the Utters live it six days a week. Chief songwriters Darius and Johnny both have families to support and both work unglamorous day jobs. While Darius makes a living as a truck driver, Johnny works backbreaking hours in the Cinderblock warehouse.
Despite all the adversity and despair that is inherent to a working punk band, you won’t hear a muttered word of regret or resentment from the Swingin’ Utters. Never have they wavered from the righteous road of punk rock and never have they accepted offers from the abomination that is the corporate rock machine. With this latest (and arguably greatest) record, it’s clear that the Utters’ time is now. Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones is a breakthrough record made up of guts, Guinness, guitars, and accordions.
Their latest release makes up the sixth volume in Fat Wreck Chords’ Live In A Dive series that boasts other participants like No Use For A Name and Subhumans. The 23-song CD not only showcases all of the Utters’ hits captured at a sold-out show, but it also comes on an enhanced CD with live footage and interviews. It’s a perfect introduction for new fans, or a consummate release for streetpunks. Oi!

Santa Barbara’s pride and joy, Lagwagon have been belting ‘em out since 1988. Their catchy brand of punk is an infectious blend of pop and hardcore, lyrically tackles an array of personal politics. This punky quintet has secured a massive following worldwide with their solid, tonal attack and hectic touring schedule. With over a million records sold (and all independently, pal!), it’s impossible to deny Lagwagon’s greatness. All of this is clearly evident with one listen to their latest studio masterpiece, and their ninth full length, Resolve, an album dedicated almost entirely to the recent suicide of former Lagwagon drummer Derrick Plourde.
The new record was written in only few short days after the unexpected death of Derrick. Whether songwriter Joey Cape was eager to pay homage to his best friend or just got a burst of inspiration, no one can be sure. But the listener can gather that these songs lean heavily on Lagwagon’s older melodic-core and skate-punk influences. Maybe that’s the real crux of this new batch of tunes: the band is reaching back to it’s earlier sound and the time when Derrick was pounding out a break-beat behind the drums. Regardless of the tragic circumstances, the Lagwagon faithful will no doubt be pleased with this return to form.
Lagwagon is an original Fat band’in fact the first band Fat Mike signed! They’ve been with us since their very first record, Duh, which was released in 1992 and quickly followed up by their second album, Trashed. More records ensued, including their breakthrough, Hoss, their B-sides collection, Let’s Talk About Leftovers, and their recent Live In A Dive installation. Ya see, after touring every corner of the globe Lagwagon decided that the next thing they had to do was release a live record so that ALL their fans could experience the mayhem. There are certain places so isolated that not even these ambitious pioneers can book a show there, and believe us on this one, we actually get fan mail Siberia and Burma. Everyone can now enjoy the ‘Wagon live and because we captured one of their sold-out and sweaty live shows on disc and released it in the form of the 22-song Live In A Dive album.
An endless touring schedule best describes Lagwagon, and while the members are extra busy with projects outside of the band’two are in Me First and the Gimme Gimmes’this latest full length will mark the return of Fat’s flagship band. They will once again get back on the ‘Wagon and bring their wild live show to the world; and after having last played the U.S. from the mainstage of the Warped Tour, their fans will eagerly welcome a tour of clubs and sets longer than 30 minutes. The theme of Resolve may be heavier than some of their previous stuff, but we all know how earnest feelings and anguish can make for the most compelling art. Resolve is no exception, and perhaps the band and it’s fans can come to terms with the momentous loss of Derrick together through this record.

Subhumans were, between 1980-85, one of the most prolific and original of the evolving UK punk scene; they were based in Warminster, Wiltshire, [SW England], and the lineup was Dick on vocals, Bruce played guitar, Phil on bass, and Trotsky on the drums. Dick had previously sung for The Mental, who released one EP and embodied the ‘can’t-play-will-play’ early punk ‘anyone-can-do-it’ attitude. Bruce had been in the Stupid Humans, also based in Warminster; these two met at an Angelic Upstarts gig in 1980, and when their bands split they got together to form Subhumans.
Musical influences were a mix of Sex Pistols, Damned, and similar punk originators, and prepunk bands like King Crimson and Frank Zappa, which led to a style of punk more intricate in its structure than their contemporaries, without losing the base energy and dynamics of punk. Dick’s lyrics, at once socially aware and heavily critical of social norms, placed them in the anarcho-punk area of the ever-expanding UK punk scene of the early 80s, alongside Crass, Antisect, Conflict, and Flux of Pink Indians, who released the band’s first 3 EPs [Demolition War, Reason For Existence, and Religious Wars] and their first LP [in ‘83] The Day The Country Died, which became an instant classic that went on to sell 100,000 copies, [largely at the cover price of ‘pay no more than #3.25’, which was as cheap as possible in order to make the music more accessible].
In ‘83 they formed their own label, Bluurg Records, and over the next two years released From the Cradle to the Grave LP [which included a 16 minute track of the same name that had the music press calling for a redefinition of ‘punk’!] Evolution EP, Time Flies 12” EP, Rats EP, Worlds Apart LP, and 29:29 Split Vision LP, which was released after splitting up in ‘85. By then they’d played 262 gigs including several European tours and 2 in the USA, [which was in the 80’s a rare achievement for a non-commercially minded band].
Dick went on to join seminal ska-punk-reggae band Culture Shock [86-89, 3 LPs on Bluurg Records], and met up with Phil and Trotsky again in Citizen Fish [89-???], who have so far recorded 7 LPs of their politipunk-ska songs and clocked up over 1000 gigs across the planet…then in ‘98 these 3 ex-Subhumans roped Bruce back in to reform Subhumans, to ‘see what it felt like’, and, it feeling rather excellent, have kept going with occasional touring and a limited release CD of old unused songs, Unfinished Business.
New songs are being created slowly but surely for another studio release, and a live one will be out in February; released as part of the Live in a Dive series on Fat Wreck Chords, it was recorded April ‘03 in Corona, California during a highly packed-out USA tour, and features 26 tracks that span their entire output and captures the intensity of Subhumans live that studio recordings could only hint at. In August, Queens of the Stone Age recorded and released their version of a Subs song ‘Wake Up Screaming’, and the film director Asia Argento has asked to use Subs music in her adaptation of ‘The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things’.

The hypertonics
Brian Lord and Mike Rogers form a strange and accelerating combination. More than balancing each other out they succeed in making things either gloriously lifting or gloriously disasterous. Foundations & ancestors include the ramones, the clash, ian mackaye, leonard cohen, george carlin, bob dylan.

The Experiments
Formed in San Diego in 1994, The Experiments have perfected their style of rock over countless gigs and cross-country tours. After 3 CD releases and 5 drummers, the band is ready to prevail over any adversity.

Bad Religion
Bad Religion has always seen music as a force for social change. On their latest CD entitled The Empire Strikes First, punk's most important active band takes its weightiest stance yet on the dual themes of religion and politics. Clearly condemning the Bush administration's doctrine of preemptive war, and questioning religion's increasing and ever-frightening role in American politics, Bad Religion's message proves to be more salient today than ever before and it's conveyed with the fierce musical attack that has helped define the band, and the genre, for two decades.The L.A. outfit's thirteenth studio album -- co-written and co-produced by vocalist Greg Graffin and guitarist Brett Gurewitz -- also finds Bad Religion raising its sonic stakes. With the disc's centerpiece, "Let Them Eat War," the band fires a roaring, three-minute missive at a certain so called compassionate conservative. Structured around a breakneck beat, blistering riffs and an apocalyptic chorus, the song -- which houses a ferocious verse by rising hip/hop intellect Sage Francis -- advocates an impoverished populace duped by the very Washingtonian prevaricator they've supported with their vote and their military service.

Opus Dai
Drawing on influences from Led Zeppelin and Jeff Buckley to Tool, The Mars Volta and Maiden. Opus Däi embody a musical energy that have made them a must-see live band with a diverse and loyal following in their home town Los Angeles. Look for Opus Däi's debut full-length in March 2006!

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for playing our track on your show. Great mix of stuff.
Survey complete!
Best wishes from Gecko 3