Guttermouth drain the energy tank one last time
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).