Pennywise (band)

Pennywise (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Pennywise
Background = group_or_band

Origin = Hermosa Beach, California, United States
Genre = Punk rock Melodic hardcore
Years_active = 1988—present
Label = Theologian (1989-1990)
Epitaph (1990-present)
MySpace Records (2007-present)
Associated_acts = Con 800
One Hit Wonder
Chaos Delivery Machine
URL = [ Official Website]
Current_members = Jim Lindberg
Fletcher Dragge
Randy Bradbury
Byron McMackin
Past_members = Jason Thirsk (deceased)

Pennywise is an American punk rock band that was formed in 1988, and is named after the monster from the critically acclaimed Stephen King novel, "It".

Since their 1991 self-titled debut, Pennywise had released an album every two years on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. To date, Pennywise have released nine full-length studio albums, one live album, two EPs and one DVD. Their most recent studio album is 2008's "Reason to Believe", which was released for free through a partnership between MySpace and Textango, a mobile music distributor. In addition the album would be for sale in stores through MySpace Records in the United States and Epitaph in Europe.

Pennywise has had their current line-up, consisting of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitars), Randy Bradbury (bass) and Byron McMackin (drums), since 1996. They kept their original line-up until original bassist Jason Thirsk committed suicide in 1996, after which Bradbury joined as his replacement.


Early career (1988-1992)

Pennywise were formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California, by singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin and bassist Jason Thirsk. To date, this line-up is considered a classic. They released two EPs "A Word from the Wise" and "Wildcard" (both 1989). Each of the band members had played in other bands in the Hermosa Beach area and attended the same high school.

The group signed to Epitaph Records in 1990 and released their first album "Pennywise" (1991). The album quickly spread throughout the punk community, earning the band some nation-wide recognition. Lyrics in the album endorsed a positive mental attitude, helping promote progressive ideals for Generation X. Lindberg left the band soon after the debut record. Bass player Randy Bradbury joined the lineup as Thirsk took over lead vocal duties. In 1992, The Vandals lead singer Dave Quackenbush took over on vocals for a brief stint. Bradbury left the band and Thirsk returned to bass.

Increasing popularity and aftermath of Thirsk's death (1993-2003)

Lindberg got married and returned to the group in 1992 in time for their second album "Unknown Road" (1993), an underground hit that established the band as a force in punk music. By 1995, punk bands The Offspring and Rancid hit the mainstream and Pennywise refused invitations to join several major labels. "About Time" (1995) was another indie hit.

In 1996, Pennywise began recording their fourth album. Thirsk left the band in an attempt to conquer alcoholism. He was successful but relapsed and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest on July 29, 1996.

Following Thirsk's death, Bradbury rejoined the band and recorded their next two albums, "Full Circle" (1997) and "Straight Ahead" (1999). This was followed by a live album, "Live at the Key Club" (2000), as well as "Land of the Free?" (2001) and "From the Ashes" (2003).

Recent history (2004-present)

"Home Movies", the band's only video, was re-released on DVD for the first time in 2004. The video was originally released in 1995 and had been out of print since 1997. More footage of Pennywise can be seen on 45 Revolutions: A Slice of XVI St. Life, XVI St. being the place where Jason and Fletcher hung out in Hermosa Beach.

The band's eighth album, "The Fuse", was released in Europe on June 27 and in North America on August 9, 2005. The band's Australian tour was cancelled leading to breakup rumors, which Lindberg denied. Also that year, digitally-remastered versions of the first four studio albums were released.

Pennywise recently recorded a cover of Sick of It All's "My Life" for the band's tribute album "Our Impact Will Be Felt".

The band returned to the studio in 2007 to begin work on their ninth album, "Reason to Believe", which was released on March 25, 2008. In addition the album would be for sale in stores through MySpace Records in the United States and Epitaph in Europe. [ [ | Pennywise: "Something to Live For" ] ]


:"For all releases, see Pennywise discography."

* "Pennywise" (1991)
* "Unknown Road" (1993)
* "About Time" (1995)
* "Full Circle" (1997)
* "Straight Ahead" (1999)
* "Land of the Free?" (2001)
* "From the Ashes" (2003)
* "The Fuse" (2005)
* "Reason to Believe" (2008)


Pennywise has had numerous line-up changes, Fletcher Dragge and Byron McMackin are the only two constant members.

Pennywise Songs in Popular Culture

* "Bro Hymn" is the official goal song of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks, and is played after each home goal. [] When the Ducks won the Stanley Cup, the band played at the celebration as the Ducks took the stage. []
* The National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers followed suit in the use of "Bro Hymn" for the 2007/08 season.
* "Bro Hymn" is also the official goal song of the famous German soccer club and 2007 champion VfB Stuttgart since the 06/07 season and is played after each home goal.
* "Bro Hymn" is also the official goal song of the Dutch soccer club Vitesse
* "Bro Hymn" is also the official goal song of the United Hockey League's Bloomington Prairie Thunder since their inaugural season (06/07), and is played after every home goal.
* "Bro Hymn" is also the official goal song of the Belgian soccer club Genk


External links

* [ The Official Website] — Official Website (redirects to their Myspace, as of March 2008)
* [ The Largest Fansite] — Fansite
* [ Interview With Fletcher (Oct, 2006)]
* [ Live Pictures From Toronto]
* [ Spanish Fansite]
* [ Live concert in Amsterdam] - Fabchannel free broadcast
* [ All Music Guide entry for Pennywise]
* [ Pennywise] on
* [ Interview with Tom Fletcher of Pennywise (2006)]

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