Gut­ter­mouth drain the en­ergy tank one last time

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE 'N' LOUD -

AF­TER 25 years, 10 al­bums and count­less dis­plays of ques­tion­able be­hav­iour, Cal­i­for­nian skate punks Gut­ter­mouth (pic­tured) are tour­ing Aus­tralia for the very last time and play their fi­nal show Down Un­der on the Gold Coast this week­end. Cur­rently fea­tur­ing Mark Ad­kins (vo­cals), Dave Luck­ett (gui­tar), Justin VanWest­broek (bass), Alex Flam­steed (drums) and Ge­off Arm­strong (gui­tar), Gut­ter­mouth have seen many of their punk rock con­tem­po­raries come and go over the past 25 years, since emerg­ing from Or­ange County in the late 1980s. In­spired by the ’80s and de­ter­mined not to be ‘‘lumped in with all those wa­tered-down ’90s bands’’, Gut­ter­mouth have man­aged to out­live many of their co­horts de­spite their in-your-face at­ti­tude, out­ra­geous be­hav­iour and sar­cas­tic hu­mour. Al­ways keen to put his money where his mouth is, the out­spo­ken Ad­kins – Gut­ter­mouth’s only re­main­ing orig­i­nal mem­ber – has been re­belling against so­ci­ety since the band started, and it hasn’t al­ways ended well. Back in 1995 he was ar­rested for ‘‘as­sault with a deadly weapon’’, the mi­cro­phone, for in­cit­ing a near-riot at a con­cert in Cal­i­for­nia. Then in 1998 he was banned from en­ter­ing Canada for a year, af­ter get­ting naked on stage. To top it off, the band were asked to leave the 2004 Vans Warped Tour af­ter Ad­kins used his stage time to con­tin­u­ally in­sult other acts on the tour. When not caus­ing trou­ble, Gut­ter­mouth are ac­tu­ally an ac­claimed live band. Once hailed as ‘‘the best live punk band you can still see to­day’’, they have toured Aus­tralia sev­eral times over the past quar­ter of a cen­tury, play­ing ma­jor events such as the Livid Fes­ti­val and Warped Tour, and tour­ing with the likes of Reel Big Fish. They are now on the tour bus for one last lap of Aus­tralia, which they con­sider their home away from home. Al­though they are sad about the end of an era, Gut­ter­mouth are ex­cited about say­ing good­bye to their Aus­tralian fans in the best way they know how – with a unique, hon­est, high­en­ergy punk rock show.

Gut­ter­mouth play the Great North­ern Ho­tel, in By­ron Bay, tonight and an early show at the Air­port Tav­ern, at Coolan­gatta, on Sun­day from mid­day (Gut­ter­mouth on­stage at 5pm).

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