It must be summer because it’s time for another Gutterfest – a night packed with bands headlined by Orange County’s very own Guttermouth. The last Gutterfest took place August of 2021 in Big Bear, but for this year, the boys are coming back home and playing the Garden Amp on July 8th.
Much like the Mad Caddies did a few months ago, Gutterfest will feature nearly a dozen bands utilizing both stages at the Garden Amp in Garden Grove.
The jesters of punk rock are playing a plethora of shows that week, from Thursday through Sunday, but none more jam-packed than Saturday. Although the band has infamously featured a rotating cast of musicians over its lifespan, the current lineup has been together for a few years and really sharpened during that time; particularly with the full-time addition of A.J. Condosta in 2017, who is in my opinion, one of the best punk rock drummers around.
Fresh off a short tour in Australia, Guttermouth will be headlining the main stage along with San Diego’s Buck-O-Nine, and their high-energy live shows will be worth the price of admission alone. They will be joined by JFA, the hardcore punk group from Phoenix who is coming off of their recent Punk Rock Bowling club show in Vegas. A vast majority of the bands playing Gutterfest are from Southern California, including fellow hardcore punks, Jughead’s Revenge, which also features Condosta on drums. The main stage will kick off with performances from Dissension and Sexworm.
Stage two will be held in the Garden Amp’s Locker Room, a more intimate indoor venue, with Stalag 13 headlining. The nardcore band first established in the ‘80s has been continuing to play, including recent dates with Guttermouth. Stage two will also feature Orange County heroes, Chaser. Proudly displaying their influences of ‘90s skate punk, such as Pennywise, Chaser keeps building a bigger and loyal fanbase who continually come out to support them. Chaser was recently immortalized with their own beer via Delahunt Brewery. The indoor stage will be rounded out by performances from Shock Therapy, Sidekick, Black Rock Candy, and Down Goes Goodman.
Due to the large number of bands playing, be sure to get there early as doors open at 3:30 p.m. and the show begins at 4 p.m.