In November 2012 Southern California’s raucous punk heroes Pennywise announced the return of the band’s original vocalist, Jim Lindberg. Now, coming off a sold-out 25th anniversary tour featuring the classic lineup of Randy, Byron, Fletcher and Jim, the same lineup has hit the studio to record Yesterdays, as both a tribute and fierce rebranding of their punk rock legacy. Featuring new songs alongside some never-before-recorded songs written with original bassist Jason Thirsk, Yesterdays is pure prime Pennywise, loud fast and to the in-your-face point. With high profile national touring this summer as part of the Summer Nationals Tour with the Offspring and Bad Religion, Pennywise will reassure their rabid fans that their trademark melodic high energy sound merging melodic surf punk, blistering hardcore and the classic punk of their youth, is very much alive and kicking.
*** Southern California punk legends Pennywise will release their eleventh studio album, Yesterdays, on July 15 via Epitaph Records. Jim Lindberg is back as the front man, and Yesterdays includes songs written by deceased bassist, Jim Thirsk.
In their 26 years as a band, Pennywise has created a solid foundation as both a politically minded act and one of the most successful independent bands of all time. But it was not always that way. Pennywise got their start playing backyard parties in Hermosa Beach, California, without having any aspirations other than playing as many songs as they could before the police showed up. This side of Pennywise has never been captured until now, and Yesterdays sees the band putting their most nascent material in recorded form.
There have been two major changes in the Pennywise story since their last release, All or Nothing (2012). First, front man Jim Lindberg has rekindled with the band since leaving in 2009. And second, several songs featured on Yesterdays were written by deceased bass player, Jason Thirsk and have been properly recorded in the studio for the first time.
"We always wanted to go back and record these songs because later in our career we started to get more political and angry— that may have turned some people off but that's what we were feeling at the time," Lindberg explains. "In the back of our minds we knew we had these cool, old songs that were more life-affirming, it just took us 25 years to get back to it." Recorded in the band's hometown factory district which is known for its influx of rehearsal studios and surfboard repair shops, Pennywise were conscious give the tracks a hometown feel and preserve their original spirit. “We tracked the whole thing in a few days doing a couple of takes of each song so it's a really raw album in that sense."
Fans of Pennywise will recognize Yesterdays as Pennywise in their purest form. The album is a gift to fans who have supported the band since day one. Yesterdays marks a new chapter for the band, while still staying true to their roots.