Catching up with Darius of the Swingin' Utters!

Fucking love talking to the dudes from the Swingin' Utters. For my third interview with the band I caught up with Darius to chat a bit about their new album, Fistful Of Hollow, and upcoming tour etc. 


You’ve got a pretty intense tour in November & early December with a chunk of time off for the holidays it seems… where will you all be spending Christmas/whatever you celebrate?
We're going to be home for Christmas, but for Thanksgiving we'll be in London, ONT... Should be interesting!

I know you’ve been heading in a bit of a new direction with the more recent material, are you still stepping forward away from the old country punk with this new release?
I don't really feel we're necessarily stepping away from anything (there were country songs on the last two), just making sure we keep branching out. Miles wrote on this one, so that's the big change--another songwriting voice.  We want each record to sound different, that's always been our M.O.

With the million other bands you guys are in, have any of you ever had a serious brain fart while practicing or performing where any of you started playing a song from the wrong band..?
Haha no, that hasn't happened yet!

What’s your stance on crowd surfing and fans jumping on stage trying to sing with you at your shows?
I love crowd surfing, I love stage diving, I love to see giant pits... But I'm NOT a fan of fans getting up and singing in the mic. That bugs the SHIT out of me.

Did you guys have to egg Miles on to write a few songs or was it you sticking your hand up asking for the opportunity this time?
Miles wasn't shy about it, he had songs and just jumped right on in with Johnny. He didn't need any egging on!

Which tracks did Miles & Johnny write together?
Napalm South, Alice, Tibetan book of the damned, and end of the weak.  They're all fucking great, my favorites pretty much.

Did Jack write more material for this album too?
Jack wrote 3 songs with Johnny.

I read an interview where Joey Cape talks about how blown away he is with Jack’s songwriting, did you have any idea he felt that way? 
I did not. That's nice to hear!

Last time I interviewed you guys I asked Darius what new bands had caught his ear and he turned me on to Tartar Control , who I listen to all the time now. Do you have any new suggestions this time around?
Toy Guitar! The Widows (San Diego)....

Are all the overseas dates in the beginning of 2015 with Toy Guitar (Jack & Miles' other band) as well?
All of the overseas dates are with Toy Guitar.  It should be a fun one!

TOUR DATES:
11/12/14 Seattle, WA El Corazon
11/13/14 Vancouver, BC Canada Rickshaw Theatre
11/14/14 Kelowna, BC Canada Level Nightclub / EARLY SHOW!!!
11/15/14 Calgary, AB Canada Flames Central
11/16/14 Edmonton, AB Canada Union Hall
11/17/14 Saskatoon, SK Canada Louis' Pub
11/18/14 Winnipeg, MB Canada Pyramid Cabaret
11/20/14 Green Bay, WI Green Bay Distillery
11/21/14 Chicago, IL The Bottom Lounge
11/22/14 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
11/23/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
11/25/14 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
11/26/14 Buffalo, NY Town Ballroom
11/27/14 London, ON Canada Call The Office
11/28/14 Toronto, ON Opera House
11/29/14 Ottawa, ON Canada Ritual
11/30/14 Montreal, QC, Canada Olympia Theatre
12/01/14 Quebec City, QC, Canada Imperial
12/03/14 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
12/04/14 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
12/05/14 New York City, NY The Gramercy Theatre
12/06/14 Asbury Park, NJ The Stone Pony
12/07/14 Washington, DC Black Cat
12/09/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird
12/11/14 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
02/26/15 Dresden, Germany Groovestation
02/27/15 Berlin, Germany Cassiopaia
02/28/15 Nurnberg, Germany Zentralcafe K4
03/01/15 Praha, Czech Republic Klub 007
03/02/15 Hannover, Germany Bei Chez Heinz
03/03/15 Utrecht, Netherlands Ekko
03/04/15 Brussels, Belgium Magasin 4
03/05/15 Tours, France Les 3 Orfevres
03/06/15 Romans Sur Isere, France La Coordonnerie
03/07/15 Savigny le Temple, France L'Empreinte
03/09/15 Norwich, UK Owl Sanctuary
03/10/15 Derby, UK Hairy Dog
03/11/15 Glasgow, UK Audio
03/12/15 Bristol, UK Fleece
03/13/15 London, UK Pipeline
03/14/15 Dusseldorf, Germany Pitcher