Record Label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre: punk rock
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Swingin’ Utters didn’t waste too much time in recording a new album! Their latest and 9th studio full-length is a lot better than their previous album Poorly Formed. With their last couple of albums, you can tell the band is changing things around slightly.
I didn’t mind some songs from Poorly Formed but something about it seemed slightly off from their previous material. I think Fistful of Hollow is a better, consistent album in that this has your usual Swingin’ Utters punk rock and some other styles they have ventured in the past. Or basically, this album is just better.
The title track “Fistful of Hollow” is a good punk rock song. It sounds like it’s from their earlier days. “Tell Them Told You So” is a stand out track because of the singing style and strumming of the guitars. “From The Towers to the Tenements” is another good one and it sounds like it could have been off Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, and Bones.
Besides the punk stuff, Swingin’ Utters always have a couple of folkier/non-punk songs on their albums (Filthy Thieving Bastards style). Some of those songs include “Napalm South,” “Spanish,” “Tibetan Book of the Damned,” and the last song on the album, the banjo pickin’ tune “End of the Weak.” Since I like both versions of the bands (the punk one, the non-punk one), I think this album is one of their better albums because all of the songs are pretty damn good!
Bottom Line: Better album than Poorly Formed
Notable Tracks: Fistfull of Hollow, Tell Them Told You So, I’m Not Coming Home