- Pennywise (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Pennywise
Background = group_or_band
Hermosa Beach, California, United States
Punk rock Melodic hardcore
Years_active = 1988—present
Label = Theologian (1989-1990)
MySpace Records (2007-present)
One Hit Wonder
Chaos Delivery Machine
URL = [http://www.pennywisdom.com/ Official Website]
Jim Lindberg Fletcher Dragge Randy Bradbury Byron McMackin
Pennywise is an American
punk rockband that was formed in 1988, and is named after the monster from the critically acclaimed Stephen Kingnovel, "It".
Since their 1991 self-titled debut, Pennywise had released an album every two years on
Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religionguitarist 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 MySpaceand 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 Thirskcommitted 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 McMackinand 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 Recordsin 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 Bradburyjoined the lineup as Thirsk took over lead vocal duties. In 1992, The Vandalslead 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 Offspringand 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
DVDfor 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 Europeon June 27and in North Americaon 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. [ [http://www.punknews.org/article/27787 Punknews.org | Pennywise: "Something to Live For" ] ]
:"For all releases, see
* "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 Draggeand Byron McMackinare 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. [http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NHLPage&id=10935] When the Ducks won the Stanley Cup, the band played at the celebration as the Ducks took the stage. [http://www.ocregister.com/ocregister/sports/pros/ducks/abox/article_1724838.php]
National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyersfollowed 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 Stuttgartsince 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 Thundersince 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
* [http://www.pennywisdom.com/ The Official Website] — Official Website (redirects to their Myspace, as of March 2008)
* [http://www.pennywisdom.info/ The Largest Fansite] — Fansite
* [http://www.thepunksite.com/interviews.php?page=pennywise Interview With Fletcher (Oct, 2006)]
* [http://www.thepunksite.com/media/thumbnails.php?album=83 Live Pictures From Toronto]
* [http://www.pennywise-es.tk/ Spanish Fansite]
* [http://www.fabchannel.com/pennywise Live concert in Amsterdam] - Fabchannel free broadcast
* [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?P=amg&sql=Pennywise&x=0&y=0&opt1=1&sourceid=mozilla-search All Music Guide entry for Pennywise]
* [http://www.punkrockers.com/Pennywise Pennywise] on Punkrockers.com
* [http://professionalrockstars.com/backstage/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=358&Itemid=10003 Interview with Tom Fletcher of Pennywise (2006)]
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