Nothington / Swingin’ Utters Split EP
A worthy song each from two SF Bay Area veterans. NOTHINGTON’s track is reminiscent of late ’80s big guitar alternative punk, where the roots might go down to STIFF LITTLE FINGERS but the aspect and melody hits more in the direction of Chad Price-era ALL. It’s a bittersweet, but sweet, catchy anthem track for the band to go out on. The SWINGIN’ UTTERS track was a surprise: drilling mid-tempo melody somewhere between the expected jangle of ’70s UK punk-pub originators, but cut with a more avant edge similar to a great EFFIGIES track, with lyrics dropping with clever missives. Lime green vinyl makes it a keeper.