Max Huber of The Swingin’ Utters stopped by Going Off Track to discuss how he had to convince his bandmates to sign to Fat Wreck Chords, how his heroes in the UK Subs embraced him as a young punk rocker and what it was like to see the Swingin’ Utters’ peers Green Day and the Offspring become household names during the Bay area punk explosion. We also talked about Huber’s pre-band experiences as a Marine based in El Paso and his screenplay-worthy adventures in Juárez, Mexico. You know, like the time he almost got arrested by Mexican police after getting in a fight outside a bar and luckily found a way to escape at the last minute. “The girls we were with started arguing the police and I managed to get away while they were distracted,” he explains, still sounding grateful. Thank god we knew actual locals.” We also discuss how this experience informed his views on immigration, the perils of social networking and what the United States’ political future looks like to him.
photo by Nicola Tallarico