Southern California’s quintessential punk rock band, PENNYWISE (Jim
Lindberg- Vocals, Fletcher Dragge – Guitar, Randy Bradbury- Bass, Byron McMackin- Drums), returned in 2003 with their 8th studio album – the stunning, “From The Ashes” that reiterates their position at the top of the punk rock food chain. “From the Ashes” is a fourteen-track onslaught that hits you square in the face and doesn”t let up.
Songs like “Waiting,” “Holiday in the Sun” (previously featured on Epitaph’s Punk O Rama 8 compilation CD) and “God Save the U.S.A.” display this band’s seasoned, politically-informed writing style that just keeps getting better with every album. Formed by guitarist Fletcher Dragge and late bassist Jason Thirsk in 1988, PENNYWISE rose to prominence in the midst of the mid-nineties punk revival. Offering an alternative to their grunge-addled peers, PENNYWISE deliver a positive transcendental message of self-reliance. “Our music exists solely to inspire people,” notes singer and chief lyricist Jim Lindberg. “We want people to hear our music and feel empowered by it.”
Armed with the same belief it held when they started, that punk music can change the world, PENNYWISE have created a punk classic known as “From The Ashes”. And, once again, just to clarify matters, PENNYWISE is not your average, ordinary punk band – try fucking extraordinary.
See the band live at this year’s Download and headlining at this year’s Deconstruction festival:
05-Jun – Donnington, Download Festival
06-Jun – London, Brixton Academy (with 1208, Beatsteaks and Pulley)