Swingin' Utters - New Tour & New Drummer
Swingin’ Utters have long been a staple of the San Francisco Bay Area punk scene, a band that’s been around even longer than Fat, and a band we’ve loved since the first time we heard The Streets of San Francisco. And with them since day one has been drummer Greg McEntee. A genuinely good, personable, humble guy, good friend, and ultimate supporter of San Francisco punk rock. But after a quarter century dedicated to the Utters and their music, Greg has decided to part ways with the band. Greg founded Swingin’ Utters along with former bassist Kevin Wickersham and vocalist Johnny Bonnel who reflects, “Greg is moving on and Swingin’ Utters thank you and wish you luck in life. All of us have gained strength from our travels together. We love you!” We echo that last sentiment and now, a few words from Greg:
Since forming the Swingin’ Utters with friends in the 80’s, I’ve spent most of my life playin’ in the band. So with a heavy heart I announce that I’m leaving. It’s been an incredible journey. I’ve traveled and played music around the world with friends. I’ve met, played with and became friends with some of my most admired musicians. As a kid, music helped me to survive and it was always my dream to tour the world. I appreciate the life I was given and was able to share it with the Utters. To my friends Johnny Bonnel and Darius Koski, words fail me. We three have been to hell and back. We remained the core of the Utters and are survivors. To Jack Dalrymple, Miles Peck, all Utters past and present, the decades of fans’ support, Mike, Erin, all at Fat Wreck Chords, Stormy and Leave Home Booking, I thank you fer all you’ve done and I got nothin’ but love fer y’all. Wherever my musical journey takes me next I hope to see y’all and continue our friendships. Peace & love.
Photo By: Alan Snodgrass
Next week, Swingin’ Utters kick off their next tour, the first headlining tour in support of Fistful of Hollow, their fantastic new record. For this tour, Greg will be passing the sticks to Luke Ray, who many of you know from Cobra Skulls. If you want to see the Swingin’ Utters with Greg one last time, you’ll need to pack your bags and attend Punk Rock Bowling because that will be his proper send off and final Utters show!