Guttermouth Is Coming To Kill Your Case Of The Mondays

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Parlor continues to host the craziest bands in Newport, RI.

If you grew up in the ’90’s listening to punk, ska, or even punk/ska, then this is the weekend for you my friend! Tonight Bim Skala Bim, and local favorites The Brunt Of It, will have the crowds skanking and moving on Broadway. While Monday night brings SoCal madmen, Guttermouth, in a rare New England appearance, along with another local favorite supporting, The Skinny Millionaires . Both of these shows are going down at Parlor, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite places to see a show in this city. In fact, Turbo ACs played there this fall, and despite none of you showing up, they tore that stage up!

Never heard of any of these bands you say? Let me help you a little.

Bim Skala Bim are a ska band from Boston who play “a mix of upbeat two tone ska, rock n roll and a pinch of calypso, with a substantial reggae undertone.” They hit the scene hard around the same time as The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Dropkick Murphy’s. Together since 1983, these guys know how to put on a good show, and have been named multiple times as one of the best live acts in New England throughout their long history. Opening for them is The Brunt Of It, who have opened for numerous national and regional acts, and are from right here in Newport RI. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing these guys on multiple occasions, and they are just a blast live.


Then, for your post-Valentine’s hangover, Guttermouth will be blowing into town, like a hurricane, and tearing apart The Parlor. These guys are “infamous for their outrageous lyrics and behavior which are deliberately explicit, offensive and intended to shock, though usually in a humorous and sarcastic manner.” I saw these guys in 2014 at The Middle East in Boston, and while it would have been nice if someone had turned their microphones up, the energy these guys brought, was unbelievable. Even when they sound like shit, they still kill it! But seriously, these guys were banned from Canada for 18 months, so you know they are doing something right! Guttermouth doesn’t come around these parts all that often. as they prefer to stay in the warmer climates, and who can blame them really? I’m personally hoping for subzero temperatures on Monday. Lead singer Mark Adkins is known for spouting off at the mouth rather profanely (Guttermouth, get it?) and temperatures like that will assure a rather acerbic, and entertaining Mark that night. If it’s cold, and he seems happy, he’s definitely on drugs.

Monday night will be an all ages show, so be a cool mom, cool uncle, or cool brother or sister, and take your younger family members to see a real rock show. They’ll either think you’re completely insane, or the coolest family member they have. Either way, they’ll never forget it.

Oh, and get there early, because Newport natives Skinny Millionaires are playing first, and if you haven’t seen them, you owe it to yourself to be there. Lead singer/guitarist Mike O’Donnell, in any band I’ve seen him play, gives 106.66% every time. He will literally bleed for his live shows. Mike is definitely one of the most hard working guys on the local rock scene, and has been behind so many of the awesome rock shows we’ve had in Newport.

Local_Skinny_main(1)Remember any of these gems? Supersuckers at the Pelham, Agent Orange, and Misfits at Area 22, Dwarves at Newport Blues, The Turbo Acs, and now Guttermouth at The Parlor! All of these shows (and a lot more) wouldn’t have happened without his tireless efforts to rock this city! So make sure you show up early to support him, and The Skinnies, Monday. If you end up getting there late, just go up to him as he’s leaving, and say “So long, and thanks for all the shows.” He’ll appreciate that one.

Rock on my friends.

Dennis Hofer was born in Newport Hospital. If you don't know him, someone you know does. He's a master of loading Pez Dispensers, self proclaimed connoisseur of chicken parm sandwiches, and always good for a joke or six. If you see him drinking a hefeweizen, please tell him to just go home. High fives for reading this far.