When you’re a snarky punk band that’s clocked nearly a quarter-century on the road and in the studio, what’s left to do? Three words: Play. Play. Play. And that’s what the Bay Area stalwarts in Swingin‘ Utters have been doing since they came together around 1987 with a slightly different moniker (the band’s original name was Johnny Peebucks and the Swingin‘ Utters). Since then, the group’s been making itself a regular on the Vans Warped Tour and calling Fat Wreck Chords (run by NOFX’s Fat Mike) home since signing to that label’s roster in 1996. The band’s always found time to try new things—2003’s Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass and Bones delved heavily into Pogues-style Irish folk, an inclination prior releases had only hinted at. But the group’s never put down its corny gimmicks and street punk posturing over the course of eight full-length albums, a B-sides compilation and an innumerable amount of EPs, singles and splits (new album Here, Under Protest is rumored to drop in the fall). You may have left your heart in San Francisco, but the Utters will have you dancing a jig all over someone else’s cardiac pump for this show Friday in Hesperia.
Swinging‘ Utters w/The Hurry Up & Die Alreadies, Camp Schultz and Turkish Techno at The Seen, 14665 Bear Valley Rd., Hesperia, (760) 240-6923; www.swinginutters.com, www.txcshows.com. Fri, June 11. Doors open 7PM. All ages.