Opening Bands: Swingin Utters, One Man Army
Date: October 19th 2000
Venue: The Wetlands, NYC
One thursday night Bryan and I trekked into NYC to check out the CMJ Wetlands showcase featuring No Use For A Name, Swingin’ Utters, and One Man Army. We finally get there, with us luckily beating the traffic, which I heard was bad after we got downtown, and hardly anyone was there. I was hoping more people would show up.
They finally let us in, late as usual, and One Man Army opened the show. They are a pretty decent band. They play straight up fast paced street punk style. The band is from San Francisco, CA. As more and more people filtered in, the band warmed up the crowd nicely. I never saw them before and it was nice to see a band with some much energy for an opening slot. Definitely worth checking out.
Next up was the Swingin Utters. I saw them a few years ago at the warped tour and I have been hooked ever since. They played a lot of excellent songs from their best album “juvenile product of the working class” and played some of the best songs from that album as well like “Next in Line” “Fiftenth and I” and “Keep Running.” And don’t forget about “London Drunk.” Unfortunately, the sound was really bad. It was way too loud and the guitars drowned out the vocals. They played some new songs from the brand new album which was self titled. I like the new stuff. I liked the new utters album more than their prior. They wrapped things up and No Use For A Name got ready to play.
I never saw NUFAN before and from what I saw they were great. Very poppy and rockin’. I don’t listen to much pop punk but from what I heard I would continue to see NUFAN live. I stayed for about 6 or 7 songs and had to leave. Though we didn’t stay the whole night, we had a great time. Too bad we hardly go to shows anymore. I guess we are burnt out.” Until the next time…