When one thinks of the current Broad Ripple nightlife scene, nothing really ‘punk rock’ comes to mind, aside from the t-shirts and haircuts of metalhead hipsters hanging out at the Alley Cat. Probably the least 'punk' part of the strip is the unholy trinity of Average Joe’s, the Mineshaft and Rock Lobster. On any given Saturday night, these three bars are a crawling hive of bro-dogs and sorority girls.
Strangely enough, Rock Lobster (which has hosted an steady trickle of decent shows in the past few years) will be shedding its fratty mantle next Wednesday night when it hosts one of the most beloved bands of the 90’s punk revival movement: Swingin’ Utters.
Born in the late '80s and raised alongside punk heavy-hitters like Rancid, The Offspring, NOFX and Green Day, Swingin’ Utters (or ‘$wingin’ Utter$’, if you’re a true fan) took a different course than their big-league peers. Before the punk explosion of 1994, the Utters made their mark on the punk scene with their debut album Sacred in 1992, which introduced the world to their unique sound of traditional 70’s punk possessed by the ghost of The Clancy Brothers’ rebellious drinking hymns. The success of their follow-up album, The Streets of San Francisco, in 1995 landed them a spot on the inaugural Van’s Warped Tour along with No Doubt, Sick of it All and Sublime (in other words, back when the Warped Tour was good).
Compared to their Bay Area peers, the Utters' success was confined to the punk ghetto. They never had a music video on MTV, they never played on SNL and they never had a Broadway musical based on one of their albums. For this reason, perhaps, the band's reputation has remained intact. No one is calling them sell-outs or washed-up.
After a few years of relative silence, the Utters are swingin’ back with a new album (Here, Under Protest) and a new tour that, oddly enough, lands them in the heart of Broad Ripple. Recently added to their band is Jack Dalrymple, formerly of the band Dead To Me (who are currently suffering without his phenomenal songwriting abilities) and One Man Army, on guitar. Playing along with them are Pennsylvania org-core punks The Menzingers and good ol’ local boys Junker, who are hot off the release ofBetter In The End (which can be streamed HERE).
This is one Wednesday night in Broad Ripple that should NOT be missed...
Wednesday Aug 25 @ Rock Lobster (Doors 8pm, Show 9pm)
$10 advance, $12 day of show
Tickets on sale HERE