Sebastian Nutter's Sound Advice 

click to enlarge Sebastian Nutter, second from left, says he's not going to stop playing. - V NUTTER
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  • Sebastian Nutter, second from left, says he's not going to stop playing.
Sebastian Nutter got his first drum kit 25 years ago, and has been playing gigs and making records with local bands — Stab Crew, Gutterrunts, Justice Blocc and, most famously, 99 Bottles — since the age of 14. A Colorado Springs native, he was 11 years old when he first heard punk and, not long afterward, Oi! music. Two decades later, he’s still obsessed. “I’ve toured the United States and had the chance to play with many of my music heroes,” he says, “and I don’t ever plan to stop playing.”

Essential Saturday night listening: It depends on my Saturday night. A standard Saturday night these days is spent with my kids at home, so I would have to say something like “The Defiant” by The Non-Believers. But if I’m out with the boys on a mission to catch a buzz and get into trouble, I would say “Football Drinks and Rock ’n’ Roll” by Bootstroke.

First record I bought with my own money: “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. Having grown up in the mid-‘90s, I remember that song, with its chorus “I get knocked down and I get up again,” being all over the radio. I pooled up the money I was saving for Legos — this was back in the sixth grade — and went to Sam Goody and bought the CD. Come to find out, I hated the rest of the songs on that album, but at least I could listen to “Tubthumping” on repeat for the next year of my life.

“Wish I could unhear that” song: If you ask my wife, she would tell you that this would be a massive list. If I don’t love a song, I generally hate it; there isn’t much gray area for me here. But one song that strikes me as particularly obnoxious is “Lipstick” by Guttermouth. Every time my friends used to play that when I was younger, I would get an overwhelming urge to fight the singer for speaking to his mother that way. The lyrics are total trash.

Artist more people should know about: I wish I could plug a lot of friends’ bands here, but since I have to limit this to one, I would have to say Hard Evidence out of St. Louis. These guys get it, in my opinion. Their most recent album is perfect, through and through.

“Wish I’d written that” song: “Bonzo Goes to Bitburg” by The Ramones. I think this song speaks for itself. I could listen to it 1,000 times and still not get bored of it.


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