Guttermouth + Agent Orange
Lets get straight to the point. Guttermouth; you either love them or hate them. So if you fall into the
latter category you can stop reading now because none of the BS below is going to change your mind.
Though if you fall in the former category and get their humor, please read on.
On August 22nd Guttermouth will release their 10th album, Shave The Planet, the audio equivalent of a
Mel Brooks movie. The follow up to 2004’s Eat Your Face, Guttermouth continue their return to their
roots a la 90’s releases Musical Monkey and Teri Yakimoto. Shave The Planet will continue to piss off
the PC police recalling the glory days when LA punkers weren’t singing about heart-wrenching
adolescent breakups, but cynically cracking on Oki Dogs, T.V. Parties and Group Sex. New songs like
the title track, Shave The Planet and Capitalizing From Plump Mistakes are speckled with equal
opportunity insults and ooze Mark Adkins skewed social commentary while others like Primate Camp,
and My Chemical Imbalance are closer to a committed patient’s un-medicated delusional rants.
Around for the better part of a decade, Guttermouth have seen the rise and fall of many of their
contemporaries, though if you ask Adkins his thoughts on the scene that Guttermouth got swept up in
during the mid-90’s when “punk broke”, he would tell you, “Oh, don’t lump us in with all those watered
down 90’s bands, we’re a product of the 80’s. That’s where we get our inspiration.” Classic releases
like, Album Formerly Known as Full Length EP, Friendly People, Teri Yakimoto, Musical Monkey and
Gorgeous reflect Adkins adolescent memories of punk rock when it was still about rebellion and held a
bit of danger. “We used to sneak out at night to go to the Koo Koo’s Nest to see punk bands and come
home at 4 in the morning completely wasted. It was a time when moms weren’t dropping their kids off
at a club in their minivans and SUVs.”
Always one to put his money where his mouth is, Adkins has been rebelling against whatever rules or
standards government, society or “the scene” have set, since the inception of the band. Not without
ramifications though; Adkins was arrested in ’95 at Punk Show at the Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion
for assault with a deadly weapon (using the mic to incite the crowd into near riot), was banned from
Canada for a period of a couple years after public indecency incident in Saskatoon, and most recently in
2004 on the Vans Warped Tour he single-handedly provoked the entire tour to turn against him.
In 2006 Guttermouth still continue to cross the line that shouldn’t be crossed and remind all us jaded assholes why we fell in love with punk rock in first place.
The Original Southern California Punk/Surf Power Trio, Agent Orange, is one of only a handful of bands who have been continually active since the earliest days of the West Coast Punk Scene.
A small circle of musical rebels who came together to form a movement, they took their place front and center to experience and participate in the explosion of now legendary underground music that was created during the golden era of American Punk Rock.
Being the first to combine the melodic California surf guitar sound with the frantic energy of punk, Agent Orange invented the formula that would come to define the Orange County punk sound. Highly influential to many of the bands who have followed in their path, Agent Orange have always stayed one step ahead.
Their strong connection to the Action Sports world has resulted in their music providing the soundtrack to numerous major motion pictures, video games, surf and skate films, television, and live sports events.
The last of the true independents, Agent Orange have managed to stay true to their roots, while always moving forward. Powered by a loyal following built up through years of explosive live performances all over the world, Agent Orange continue to deliver their Fullblown-Supercharged-Punk-Surf Sound on an international basis, with a never ending schedule of tours in the United States, Canada, South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.
C’mon down front and expose yourself to Agent Orange.