My Home

Bird Attack Records

Rating: 4.5/5




Wraths are, and I’m pretty sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t know here, a Californian quartet that combines members of 1208, The Darlings and most famously Jim Lindberg of Pennywise, whilst the latter of these is the best known member this is by no means a vehicle for Jim Lindberg, the combined talents of the members makes Wraths at least the equal of the individual member’s bands, if not the greater. The My Home EP follows on from their self titled debut album that was released last year, and given a second pressing this year, via Bird Attack Records, and the four tracks contained on this EP indicate that Wraths are very much a going concern.

The EP’s title track is a brutal attack on gentrification, something that is close to my heart, and I would imagine pretty much everyone reading this, as this is a global issue affecting pretty every major city as the character and culture is stripped away in the name of coffee shops, chain stores and unaffordable high rise properties. The punk venom continues with Trusted You which is another barbed attack that has it’s sights set firmly on the abuse of trust that exits in organised religion. and The Beat Goes On continues the assault on universal problems, this time confronting the issue of bullying. This Is My Farewell marks the end to the all too brief My Home EP, and keeps the energy levels off the scale on what for me has easily been Wraths finest release to date.

It feels weird to say this after having witnessed a jaw dropping set by Pennywise at this years Rebellion Festival, but after hearing the My Home EP I’m conflicted as to which outfit I’d rather Jim Lindberg focused his energies on, I’m just hoping that he can manage to keep both going. There’s obviously more than enough on this EP to keep any Pennywise fan happy, but this is not in anyway a side project that repeats the sound of any of the members other outfits. Wraths are very much a separate entity and with the My Home EP they have released their hardest hitting recordings to date.

The My Home EP can be ordered via Bird Attack Records here

Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Thursday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Thursday 3rd August 2017

Rating: 5/5



The Rebellion Festival is upon us once more, for me this involves a quick blast down the motorway from a rain soaked Manchester to a surprisingly breezy and sunny morning on the Lancashire coast for this annual celebration of all things punk. The initial hour is spent wandering the Winter Gardens, renewing friendships and making some difficult decisions about who to see from the bewildering line up of hundreds of bands that cover every element of the scenes spawned over forty years ago by punk. The first band I catch is The Fucking Glorious who present a welcome lunch time wake up call of bare knuckle punk rock, and whilst getting a much needed drink I hear the raw strains of Tim Holehouse drift over from the Almost Acoustic Stage like the ghost of a ragged Tom Waits.
Rebellion 17 CundeezOutside on the Casbah Stage The Cundeez are hammering out a distinctly Celtic punk variant, complete with bagpipes, on old school punk rock, their singer, clad only in a kilt, declares that they’re “sober as fuck”, something that most of their audience can’t claim despite the early hour, and this is the perfect antidote for those who arrived a day early and are still recovering from the night before. A quick stroll back into the Winter Gardens sees Viki Vortex And The Cumshots delivering their own brand of anarchy tinged and alcohol infused frantic punk rock in the Empress Ballroom, and there’s no point in moving as In Evil Hour follow. In Evil Hour bring a different vibe to what had largely been a DIY feel to the early hours of the Rebellion Festival, they bring a furious element of melodic hardcore, with a slight metalcore influence, and for me this is the band that truly kicked the Rebellion Festival into gear, it also saw the first circle put of the festival and my first, but not my last, CD purchase of the weekend.
It seems I’m in the Empress Ballroom for the duration, apart from essential breaks that involves braving the dive bombing seagulls for cigarettes, beer and food, as Pears are on next, on record, as with a fair few hardcore bands, they didn’t do it for me, but I said if they played live I’d catch them as good hardcore live is perfection, and trust me, Pears are as good as they get live, the short sharp intense hardcore blasts take on a different character when delivered live. Reno Divorce deliver a slice of socal inspired punk rock that recalls Social Distortion, and I catch Strung Out Nights delivering an acoustic version of NOFX‘s Linoleum, and it seems that wherever you wander there is someone playing, or something to distract you, and it’s clear the Rebellion Festival has picked up exactly where it left off last year.
Rebellion 17 Evil BlizzardIt’s back into the Empress Ballroom as 88 Fingers Louie are making a rare UK appearance in support of their comeback album, Thank You For Being A Friend, and tonight’s set builds on the impression that this isn’t one shot reunion, they’re back with a vengeance with a set that spans their three decade history. Over on the outdoor stage Evil Blizzard are blinking in the sunlight and delivering their bass heavy strangeness in the early evening sunlight to a packed Casbah Stage. They exemplify exactly what the Rebellion Festival is all about, Evil Blizzard are closer to the late 60’s and early 70’s roots of punk, but they deliver what will be one of the best sets of the weekend, and to emphasize this they close with a triumphant rendition of Are You Evil.
Rebellion 17 Teenage BottlerocketA brief wander, and a welcome sit down in the Opera House, reveals London, another of punks first wave that are still going strong despite the passing of the decades and they bring a touch of the authentic and untouched spirit of 77 to the Rebellion Festival, fittingly they close with The Stooges classic, I’m Loose. Face to Face hit the outdoor stage and bring their melodic hardcore to the Rebellion Festival, after last year’s Protection album these have been a band that I’ve wanted to catch live, and they don’t disappoint on any level. There’s not much point in moving as Teenage Bottlerocket are next up. With a swift 1234 they launch into their hyperactive Ramones inspired punk rock for a charged set. In between songs they seem obsessed with curious English phrases and habits, and who can blame them as we’re an odd bunch at the best of the times. This is the first time they have played the UK since the death of their drummer Brandon Carlisle and they deliver an emotionally charged number dedicated to him, and you can feel just how much his loss means to the band.
They are followed by the melodic hardcore of Good Riddance, making this corner of Lancashire briefly the best place in the world for the American punk scene, but now it’s time for a change of stage as choosing between bands as the night falls is almost impossible, but the decision is made so it’s a swift stage hop over to the Empress Ballroom. Pennywise are everything you’d hope for now Jim Lindberg is firmly back on board after his sabbatical, and they are back at their defiant best, and the they deliver a vocal fuck you to Donald Trump that is enthusiastically endorsed by the multinational crowd. Mid set they deliver Gimme Gimme Gimme by fellow Hermosa Beach veterans Black Flag, which is followed by a Minor Threat cover, fortunately they return to their own material, with their self titled track, and let’s face is we came to hear Pennywise, and you can’t really argue with tracks like Society, Fuck Authority and Homesick, and if the hairs on the back of your neck weren’t raised by the crowds reaction to Bro Hymn then I suspect you’re clinically dead, and the chorus carries on ringing round the arena long after they’ve left the stage.
Rebellion 17 Bad ReligionAny other year Pennywise would be headlining with that set, but we still have Bad Religion to go, I feel like I’ve been awake for for days and I’ve seen more bands than I normally see in a month but we’re not done yet. Bad Religion kick off with American Jesus and they deliver a four decade spanning best of including what I consider to be one of the finest songs ever written, Stranger Than Fiction, and you can’t ask for more than that to finish the first day of the Rebellion Festival, other than a few late night drinks before returning to my hotel for a brief sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.
The review of the Friday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy and Eloise Coone
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part One

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

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Tours: Pennywise (Europe)

PennywisePennywise, has announced that they will be heading on a tour or Europe this summer. The band last released the album Yesterdays back in 2014 released last year on Epitaph Records.

Tour dates are below.

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Wraths Release Second Vinyl Pressing Of Debut Album

wraiths-lpWraths are made up of skate punk veteran Jim Lindberg, of Pennywise, and his band of cohorts, including members of 1208 and The Darlings, they channel the ghosts of punk’s past, combining the dark guitar driven tones of TSOL and Dag Nasty, and the glaring sun bleached angst of the Descendents and Circle Jerks. Wraths debut album was released last April and the first vinyl pressing of their debut album sold out fast, so Bird Attack Records have released a second pressing, on alpine white vinyl. There are only 200 of these in the Bird Attack Records store so if you want a copy you’ll have to be quick

Wraths debut album can be streamed and purchased here

Runaway Kids Touring With Pennywise On ‘About Time’ Tour

pennywise-2016-tourStarting this weekend, Southern California punk rock band Runaway Kids will be supporting Pennywise on their About Time US Tour, along with Strung Out and Unwritten Law. The tour starts on October 1st and runs through Nov 19th. For their upcoming album, the band has re-teamed with producer Cameron Webb (Motörhead, NOFX, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio) who helmed their most recent EP, 2015’s Better Days, which can be streamed via Spotify. Watch out for a new release from Runaway Kids sometime later this year

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Hoist The Colors – I Can Remember (Acoustic Pennywise Cover)

Hoist The ColorsSouthern California folk-influenced punk band Hoist The Colors has premiered an acoustic cover of the Pennywise classic, “I Can Remember.”  The song was recorded in honour of the twentieth anniversary of the passing of former Pennywise Bassist Jason Matthew Thirsk.

Listen to the song below.

The band plans to release their third full length, Mourners, on September 24, 2016 via Hardline Entertainment.

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Calling All UK Download Festival Attendees

Home Of metalThis is a call to those in the UK who are attending this weekends Download Festival, in particular Black Sabbath fans. Home Of Metal is asking fans to be part of history and they are asking as many people as possible to photograph themselves at the Download Festival on Saturday June 11th. Black Sabbath, who were a significant influence of the early punk scene, will be headlining the main stage at the festival for the last time that evening and they are asking people to tag #homeofmetal and post via twitter and Instagram to contribute to a photo archive that aims to document the event. Given the nature of the line up, NOFX and Pennywise are playing the festival this year, this is an opportunity for those lucky enough to be attending the festival to be part of history

To get more info, contribute to the archive, or become a volunteer go here to tag your memories of the day and capture a unique moment in history.

Pennywise Re-Issuing early Recordings As Single LP ‘Nineteen Eighty Eight’

PennywiseSoCal punk legend Pennywise are re-issuing their earliest studio recordings as a single LP with the help of Hardline Entertainment. The record is titled Nineteen Eighty Eight and will include the Wildcard and A Word From The Wise EP’s and tracks from the Soul Arch compilation, including covers of Black Flag’s Gimme Gimme Gimme and Ben E.King’s Stand By Me. 

The LP will be released on May 20th, pre orders are available here and you can stream No Way Out and Gone below.

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Tours: Pennywise / Anti-Flag (Australia)

PennywiseLong running punk rock act Pennywise has announced that they will be touring Australia this Fall with Anit-Flag to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album, About Time.

Check out the full tour listings below.

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Chaos Delivery Machine Announce New Record

Chaos Delivery MachineCalifornia’s Chaos Delivery Machine, featuring members of 98 Mute and Pennywise have announced that their sophomore full length, Burn Motherfucker Burn, is due to drop on May 5th via Hardline Entertainment. The album is the follow up to 2005’s Manifesto and ahead of the new record’s launch date, the band have also featured  The New Testament on the most recent Hardline Entertainment Compilation, available as a free download here.

Check out the cover art and track list for Burn Motherfucker Burn, below.

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Tours: Pennywise / Teenage Bottlerocket / A Wilhelm Scream

PennywisePennywise, A Wilhelm Scream and Teenage Bottlerocket will be heading on tour this March.  Pennywise continues to support their latest album, Yesterdays, released last year on Epitaph Records.

Full details can be found below.

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Video: Rise Against – ‘Tragedy + Time’

Rise AgainstChicago punks Rise Against have posted a new video for their track Tragedy + Time. The song is taken from their most recent full length, The Black Market, released earlier  this year via DGC/Interscope Records.

The band are currently on tour across the UK before heading to the continent with Pennywise and Emily’s Army in tow. Check out the full dates and the video for Tragedy  + Time, below

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Pennywise - Yesterdays




Rating: 4/5




After a messy split in 2009, it seemed unlikely that Jim Lindberg would ever again join his longtime band mates. Both Pennywise (with Ignite’s Zoli Teglas at the mic) and Lindberg’s Black Pacific project released decent albums that were noticeably different from what fans were used to hearing from the members. Then suddenly it was announced that the guys had reconciled, Lindberg was back in the fold and new music was on the horizon. It could be argued that Pennywise had been on autopilot since the start of the new century, releasing predictable (although still enjoyable) albums at a consistent rate, so for some the lineup shakeup was a welcome thing. When it was announced that the new release would be a collection of old songs, it seemed like promising news. At this point, Pennywise don’t have to prove anything to anyone, they’ve earned their place alongside groups like Bad Religion and Rancid as leaders of the now classic 90s punk movement. They’ve always had their share of haters, but they are great at what they do.

Yesterdays spotlights a rejuvenated band, blending the youthful energy of their early material with the confidence that comes with being elders on the scene. The release kicks off with a strong 90s skate punk bassline as Lindberg sings a song about losing trust in a corrupt police officer, What You Deserve. The song is timely in the wake of the murder of Michael Brown, which has divided a city and arguably a country and brought race relations to light. Obviously the song was recorded well before this event, but it speaks to a long history of mistrust between punks and police officers. They channel Minor Threat on Noise Pollution, but manage to put their personal touch on it. It comes across as a tribute to a band they love rather than an unintentional rip off (although Lindberg has stated in concert that they didn’t immediately realize the similarity when the song was first written). The bass takes center stage on She’s a Winner, which is a mostly instrumental track with sparse, simplistic lyrics. The album flies by, short and fast punk songs with Lindberg’s familiar vocals completing their trademark sound.

The ghost of Jason Thirsk hangs over the recording. He was involved in the initial writing of the tracks and his bass playing is heard on Band Practice 89. The final track on the album, I Can Remember, could be a sequel to the heartfelt Bro Hymn Tribute, with heartfelt lyrics like I can hope, I can remember and think of all the happy times we spent together. Sometimes I see your face, especially on those rainy days. Where did it all go wrong? It is a good counter to the political themes that make up much of their lyrical content. While the mainstream was shook by the suicide of Kurt Cobain in the 90s, punk fans were shocked by the loss of Thirsk to his demons. It is nice to see this apt tribute to a fallen friend, done respectfully. One would hope that he would be happy to see the guys in the band so obviously excited to still be playing music together all these years later. 

It isn’t all perfection. It isn’t as polished as their past few releases, which may be a turn off for those who preferred their releases from the last decade. Band Practice 89 is a really cool listen for longtime fans of the band, especially hearing Jason Thirsk playing with the band once again. But it is a bit of a novelty, 13 raw minutes tacked on the end of the album that becomes all too easy to skip after the first few listens. The growth in Lindberg’s vocals are striking when comparing the new recordings and those from 25 years ago. It is curious why the group would title a song Am Oi! on an album completely devoid of oi… It is also arguable whether No Way Out and Slowdown needed to be included, as both had already been released previously.

Living up to it’s title, Yesterdays sounds as if it was originally recorded in the mid- 90s. It is an enjoyable release full of solid songs that follow the classic Epitaph/ Fat skate punk sound. Younger listeners who discovered the band during their All or Nothing phase may be turned off by the music, as it has less beefed up bro rock and a raw edge that they haven’t displayed since their 90s heyday. It was a brilliant idea to revisit old songs that had never been released. There is a passionate energy that shines throughout, highlighting a group of guys who are truly having fun playing music together. It is great to see Pennywise back together and revisiting the sounds that made me fall in love with them in the first place. This is an unapologetic celebration of the past, of youthful punk rock passion and long lost friends. 

Video: Pennywise – Violence Never Ending

PennywiseLong running Hermosa Beach punk legends Pennywise released their eleventh studio album, Yesterdays, today through Epitaph Records.

The album sees the band reunited with front man Jim Lindberg who left the band in 2009. The band’s last album, 2012’s All Or Nothing, featured Ignite‘s Zoli Teglas on vocals. On top of Lindberg, the album also features several songs written by original bassist, Jason Thirsk who passed away in 1996.

In celebration of the release, Pennywise will play several record release shows in Southern California, including July 16 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, and July 18 and July 20 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, Pennywise will be on the Summer Nationals tour with The Offspring and Bad Religion July 29 – August 31 with a festival appearance at Aftershock on September 14. Their itinerary is below.

A video for the album’s first single, Violence Never Ending, is below.

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Pennywise Announces Rarities Album; Debuts New Song

PennywisePennywise has announced plans to release a rarities compilation.  The LP will be titled Yesterdays and feature rare tracks from the band back catalogue.  The album is due out July 15, 2014 via Epitaph Records.

To celebrate, the band has premiered a brand new song entitled “Violence Never Ending” which can be heard here.

Live Concert Review


Live In Vancouver (04/30/14)

Commodore Ballroom




Classic punk shows have a vastly different vibes than most shows. Last night’s 25th anniversary Pennywise tour stop at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver cemented that ideology.

Stepping into the venue mere minutes before Teenage Bottlerocket were set to hit the stage, there was already a joyous sense of drunken buffoonery in the air as the crowd sung and dance along to Rancid and NOFX as Ruby Soho and Bob played through the speakers. Everyone in attendance grew up on these songs, and reliving them with strangers just seemed right.

PennywiseThe excitement carried forward as Wyoming’s Teenage Bottlerocket hit the stag, led by their hoodie-wearing skeleton ring leader throwing as many middle fingers towards the crowd as possible. The Ramones-inspired pop-punk band blasted through nearly twenty songs in their 40 minute set list. Low swinging basses played over a split stance, air jumps timed to the perfect down stroke, and nassally three chord punk rock – Teenage Bottlerocket are the defacto pop-punk specimen; and for the first time ever, the sound lived up to their performance. Crisp and well mixed, songs like Don’t Want To Go, Mutilate Me, Welcome To The Nuthouse, Skate Or Die and even a Bad Religion and Ramones cover blared through the sound system with great clarity – a feat that has been missing the last few times the four piece hit Vancouver. It got the crowd’s attention, pulling them in for an active circle pit and non-stop pogo party. And while they focused on spitting out as many tracks from their lengthy catalogue as possible, their few moments of banter recalling past trips through BC worked well to win over the crowd.

Suffice to say, it was already off to a good start; and after a thirty minute set change (which was a tad longer than what they needed), it got even better.

By this time the venue was packed as fans clamoured to see the Hermosa Beach legends. Once again fronted by Jim Lindberg after their tumultuous and very public separation period, the skate-punk act stormed the stage and quickly launched into their title track: Pennywise. The crowd, featuring people of all ages, picked up off the energy and – with the help of more than a few beverages – enthusiastically sang every word back at him.

Pennywise were, essentially, Pennywise. After touring for twenty five years in punk clubs around the world, the band has crafted a style and sound that has been copied and covered by countless other bands. Yet there’s still only one Pennywise. They won’t surprise you, they won’t shock you; but if you’re a fan, they won’t disappoint you. Pulsating with Randy Bradbury’s bass lines, The Commodore thundered with their signature skate-punk flanked by Fletcher Dragge’s guitar riffs and Lindberg’s enigmatic live presence.

Pumping out hits like My Own Country, Unknown Road, Date With Destiny, Time To Burn, Same Old Story, and Society – the band put delivered a true punk show worthy of being called a punk show. Unsurprisingly, it was the final few selections that really fired the crowd up. Covers of Bad Religion’s Suffer and Minor Threat’s eponymous tune started it off, before they launched into Fuck Authority. A brief chant for an encore brought them back for a sped up version of Stand By Me before closing with their classic sing along anthem Bro Hymn. As the chants of “wooo, wo, wo, wooooo” carried through the room, members of The Isotopes and Teenage Bottlerocket joined them on stage and for the briefest of moments you forgot it was 2014.



Tours: Pennywise & Teenage Bottlerocket (US & Canada)

PennywiseLegendary California punks Pennywise  have announced a series of tour dates across the US and Canada starting in April and they will be joined by Teenage Bottlerocket for all shows. All or Nothing was the latest release from Pennywise while Freak Out  is the latest offer from the Wyoming punk outfit, both dropping back in 2012.

Check out the full dates below:

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Epitaph Records Vinyl Re-Issues

Epitaph montageLegendary punk label Epitaph Records have announced the are re-issuing a number of classic records from their vaults on coloured vinyl. All of the releases are limited editions, so once they are gone, they’re gone – check below for the features bands and the associated pressing details:

Bouncing SoulsSelf Titled – 500 Yellow
MillencolinLife On A Plate – 500 Yellow
MillencolinPennybridge Pioneers – 500 Orange
MillencolinFor Monkeys – 500 Brown
OskerIdle Will Kill – 300 Black/700 Pink
PennywiseSelf Titled – 500 Clear
PennywiseUnknown Road – 500 Blue
PennywiseAbout Time – 500 Smoke
RancidSelf Titled (1993) – 500 Blue
Punk O Rama – Volume 1 – 1000 Green

All are available now through the US and EU Epitaph Stores.

Live Concert Review

Rise Against, Pennywise, Riverboat Gamblers

Live (December 20th, 2007)

Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, Alberta




For the past three years the coming of December meant more than just finals, Christmas and holidays. It also meant that us Edmontonians would be treated to a night of music at the Shaw Conference Centre with an impressive list of bands. This year was no different, with Rise Against and Pennywise, the third annual Jingle Bell Rock was sure to be a memorable one. However, as I walked into the venue my jaw involuntarily dropped in disappointment.

“How is this Jingle Bell Rock?” I asked myself. The first year had giant snowmen, Christmas candles and an elaborate stage setup. The second year trimmed it down but kept the theme with a glowing set of lights shining out the name of the show. This year there was nothing. It was just a regular concert; no decorations and no holiday feel, just the same stage that was there two weeks prior for Alexisonfire and every other show that hit the Shaw Conference Centre this year. Normally it would mean nothing but as this was billed as the holiday show and advertised with such flare I expected something more than just a regular show. Alas, my hopes were crushed. Luckily the music was good enough to make up for it.

The first band that hit the stage was Texas’ Riverboat Gamblers, and I had very little interest in seeing them again. They opened up for Against Me! back in March and put on an entertaining enough set, but nothing that memorable. This evening’s performance was no different. It didn’t help much that the sound set up was pretty bad for them. The bass drum went from being inaudible to blaring through the speakers overpowering everything and throughout it all the vocals were somewhat muffled and not all that distinct too. They stuck to songs from To The Confusion Of Our Enemies and had some people moving but most just stayed in the beer garden.

Next came the legendary Pennywise who ripped it hard for a full hour. Their appearance on the stage attracted all the old punks from the comfort of the beer garden and into the turmoil of the mosh pit. The band did what they always do and that is play lightning fast skate punk. The crowd sung along to them at every chance they had and they fit in more songs than I ever thought possible as they ripped through fan favorites like Fuck Authority and Bro Hymm along with Pennywise, My God, Society, Living For Today, Same Old Story, Waste Of Time, God Save The USA, My Own Country and more. They even fit in a cover of Black Flag‘s Nervous Breakdown to great reception. The band was able to show how they’ve managed to remain a staple in the punk community for so long; and no fans were disappointed.

Headlining the sold out gig was Rise Against on their second last show in support of The Sufferer & The Witness; however, the fact that the tour was promoting that album seemed like an afterthought for the band. Instead of sticking solely to the newer material, the Chicago foursome decided to mix up the set list a bit which was a good choice considering it was their third time in Edmonton this year. Opening up with Behind Closed Doors, they then jumped into the fan favorite Like The Angel – and odd choice for the second song of the night but that’s what happened all night as they played a wide selection of songs they normally don’t touch. Since this was my eighth or ninth time seeing the band – and fourth time this year – the new songs came as a great surprise. I’m talking about songs like Alive & Well, Rumors Of My Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated, TorchesInjection and Obstructed View. All songs that they’ve never played before. Yes, they played some of their staples songs like Survive, Give It All, State Of The Union, Prayer Of The Refugee, Ready To Fall and Dancing For Rain and they did miss some important ones like Paper Wings, Life Less Frightening, Broken English, Voices Of Camera and Heaven Knows, but the inclusion of those rarer songs more than made up for it. The only thing that would’ve made it better was if they had added another acoustic song alongsideSwing Life Away like they normally do with The Tour Song or Everchanging. Still, that’s just nitpicking and pieces of afterthought; because while the show was happening it didn’t matter that they missed a few songs due to the sheer pleasure of hearing Obstructed View live for the first time.

So no, the show didn’t have the proper feel to be billed as the Jingle Bell Rock; but that didn’t take away from the fact that it was a great show musically and a great way to cap off the year.

Zebrahead Announce New Album / Tour

ZebraheadZebrahead have announced their new album, Call Your friends will be released on August 16th via MFZB Records. The record was produced by Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Motorhead) who helped bring out the heavier side of the bands pop punk sound. Vocalist/guitarist Matty Lewis is hopeful that fans will take to the new record, saying:

“I hope the fans will be stoked on the new album…or else I’ll be on the TV show “Pawn Stars”, pawning my stuff for cash” 

The video for the title track (Call Your Friends) has also been released online and can be viewed  here. The band will be out on the road worldwide supporting the new record, with US dates to follow in 2014. Full dates below:

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Pennywise - Reason to Believe


Reason to Believe

MySpace Records

Rating: 3.5/5




Pennywise are Pennywise and they’ll always be Pennywise. You can always count on Fletcher and the guys from Hermosa Beach to be there banging out their tunes on stages across the globe as they continue to be one of the most consistent melodic skate punk bands around. Still, the band doesn’t want to remain predictable and boy did they surprise us last year. Since 1988 they’ve been on Epitaph. All eight of their albums have been on Epitaph. When you thought Pennywise, you thought Epitaph and that was it. Not anymore though. Now they’re changing things up, leaving the label that they started with and going toMySpace Records in an effort to give the CD to their fans for free. Yes – for free. Add Textango as a friend on MySpace within two weeks of its March 25th release date and you’ll get the record e-mailed to you. Of course, you can still go out and buy the actual disc in CD stores too. So yes, Pennywise are still Pennywise but they’re changing things up a bit.

That slight change is coming through in the album itself too. While still distinctly the Pennywise sound we’ve all grown accustomed to over the past eight albums, there’s a slight variation in the band’s sound that is hard to pinpoint exactly but is definitely there. Straight from the opening track (Intro)As Long As We Can you can hear the change. Jim Lindberg’s vocals seem slightly smoother and not delivered with as much venom as he normally does. On the title track there is a stronger punk-metal feel akin to Strung Out and while no other has that metallic edge to it, there still is a slight change.

Reason To Believe doesn’t seem to have the same punch as some of it’s predecessors but at the same time feels much more cohesive and energizing than The Fuse. While the drumming will definitely get the pit riled up, there seems to be a much more prominent emphasis on the melodic part of their melodic skate punk. The backup vocals help that feeling too with a massive amount of “woahs” and the likes thrown in. So on top of the Pennywise structured style, it also has a heavy Bad Religion feel with a little bit of A Wilhelm Scream thrown in too.

Lyrically, the band is still political like always but have switched it up a bit there too. Instead of being angry and attacking the system, Reason To Believe sees Pennywise searching for just that: a reason to believe. The lyrical content is much more depressing as it has a tone of someone looking at the state of things and just going “what… how… what now?” Its a state of shock and awe as every song sees them looking for something. On Confusion, Lindberg says “I can’t believe what I have found, the world has been turned upside down” and in It’s Not Enough To Believe he utters “We wanna know just how this story ends, we all just throw up out hands and wait in hopeless wonder and with nothing left to give.”

So Pennywise have changed a bit. Changed the way you may hear this record and changed their sound slightly; but at the end of the day it’s still Pennywise. The formula still works twenty years after they created it and Reason To Believe ends up being a decisively strong and cohesive melodic skate punk album.

Pennywise - The Fuse


The Fuse

Epitaph Records

Rating: 2.5/5




If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

A simple philosophy that Pennywise seem to live by and their eight studio album, The Fuse, proves that. Throughout their career, the band have release steadily solid albums to much appreciation by fans and critics. Constant melodic punk that made the band so famous back in the day, and the fifteen track album is chopped full of the classic Pennywise punk rock sound. Blistering riffs, heavy drumming, melodic hardcore vocals with the occasional gang vocals backing Lindberg up all neatly compacted into a quick, heavy hitting, two to three minute punk rock onslaught. Songs about politics, the death of soldiers, lies, our obsession with winning, death, murders, technology and even FoxTV are all crammed into the CD with enough force to make any punk fan throw their fist in the air as they sing along with the solid vocals and run in circles in the mosh pit.

But nonetheless, The Fuse is still the exact same Pennywise it was eight albums ago. Although the formula can’t be dragged through the mud too much, simply because it is GOOD, it does get a bit tiresome after a while. After hearing fifteen songs that all follow the same guidelines, you find yourself eagerly reaching for the eject button. There’s no real change in pace or volume or emotion or sound anywhere throughout the album. The songs all sound the same and could easily be swapped for another without real notice. The Fuse lacks those few tracks every album needs to make it memorable Those few tracks which stand out and make you want to listen to it again. Without those few tracks, the album just seems to fall into the same category of any other mediocre album and fails to become memorable. Sure, Pennywise is a band you’ll never forget, but The Fuse isn’t something that will first come to mind when you think of the quartet. It needs its own Fuck Authority! on it to make it worth it.

If you’ve followed the band’s career for a while and have always enjoyed their melodic skate punk sound, then The Fuse will probably appear to you. But if they’ve never been a band of yours, then this won’t change your mind. It just seems to lack certain things to make it really memorable. It’s the same formula and same sound over and over again, rarely making any song standout in the growing crowd.

Pennywise - From The Ashes


From The Ashes

Epitaph Records

Rating: 3/5




What to say about Pennywise? Four friends who have been making music for well over a decade (15 years now) in hopes of affecting people and changing the world; be it through a single person or a much larger scale. Their eighth studio album,From The Ashes, gives their fans exactly what they need.

After already being very politically charged, the events of 9/11 just heightened the fact. Pennywsise, like many other musical groups, drew ideas and emotions from that horrid day and the events which quickly followed. On songs like God Save The USAThis Is Only A Test and Judgment Day Jim Lindberg’s distinctive vocals and carefully thought out lyrics really get you thinking of the horrid state the world is in at the moment.

As for the rhythms and speed of it all, Pennywise are still the same group of people who threw up over a radio host back in ’95 when the station refused to play Pennywise songs on the air. They still know how to party and get your energized with mediocre to fast paced songs which just get you thinking of what it would be like to be in a pit moshing to the band playing your favorite songs.

As an added bonus, they even supply you with a small DVD for your viewing pleasure. Although, I personally believe that the DVD is somewhat boring and provides no real enterainment, there really was no need for it.

From The Ashes is a typical Pennywise album. If you liked them before, you will most likely still enjoy them today. They haven’t changed their style or progressive massively. They stayed the same. Although at times you yearn for that extra punch, there is still nothing to shake your head at.

Pennywise - All Or Nothing


All Or Nothing

Epitaph Records

Rating: 2.5/5




Anyone remotely connected to the punk scene should know the name Pennywise. Going for close to twenty-five years, the So-Cal punkers defined a scene and a sound over their lengthy career – becoming a legendary staple in the scene unlike any other. Their biggest criticism is that twenty years into their career, there’s not much new coming from the band. A Pennywise album is distinctively a Pennywise album; there’s no question what you’ll be getting when you see their famed logo splattered across the cover of an album.

But the announcement that long time vocalist Jim Lindberg was leaving and being replaced by Ignite’s Zoli Teglas sent shock waves through the scene. We slowly accepted it but the question remained: what will this mean for future Pennywise output? What will it sound like? Will it change or will All Or Nothing still be Pennywise as we all know and love?

The end result is that All Or Nothing falls somewhere in the middle. There’s no denying the fact that this is still a distinct Pennywise album front to back, yet there’s something new in there – a revived energy that hasn’t been in a Pennywise album for well over a decade.

Teglas’ vocals aren’t a huge shock to the system. He has a stronger reach than Lindberg did and uses that to his advantage but still stays in the same skate-punk realm that Lindberg perfected. He still has touches of Aaron Scott in his delivery but merged with mid-nineties Dexter Holland and one could say a touch of Jason Cruz too. He’s melodic but quick, catchy enough to get you singing along after a few listens to tracks like Stand StrongLet Us Hear Your Voice and X Generation or We Have It All yet not so catchy that you’ll be singing without the album urging you on.

Musically, the band hasn’t changed much. There’s little in terms of nuances here, but the fast-paced skate punk guitar riffs don’t need much. After all, the straight forward drum beat like they have on We Have It All is all you need to create a riveting circle pit and the added guitar solo is just thrown on for good measure. On Tomorrow, the band picks it up a notch with a metallic flare like Strung Out but nine times out of ten, they stick to their skate-punk signature sound that you’ve come to expect.

Despite a new singer, All of Nothing sees Pennywise returning to their roots. They appear invigorated and refreshed on it, making it an album that excites the listener as it plays through (for more than, say, 2005’s The Fuse). Sure, it won’t leave a hugely lasting impression but it doesn’t need to. Fast and strong and then its over – just like the other eight Pennywise albums.

Video: Pennywise – Let Us Hear Your Voice

PennywisePennywise has released a new music video.  The vieo features the song “Let Us Hear Your Voice” which appears on the band’s latest full length, All Or Nothing, released last year on Epitaph Records.

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Tours: Sublime With Rome / Pennywise

Sublime With RomeSublime With Rome has announced that they will be touring this summer with support from Pennywise.  Descendents will also offer support for a handful of dates on the tour.  Sublime With Rome debuted their first original, Truly Yours, album back in 2011.

Dates can be found below.

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Punch Drunk Punk Event in Reno, NV Cancelled.

In a joint press release made by all the bands on their websites, Nofx, Pennywise, Alkaline Trio and Dropkick Murphys have announced their Punch Drunk Punk event in Reno, Nevada is cancelled due to the promoter. 

“It is with great regret that we announce the performances by Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, Pennywise, and Alkaline Trio on the Punch Drunk Punk event at Reno Events Center are cancelled. This cancellation is due to failure by the local promoter, Forever Music to fulfill it’s obligations to all concerned and the bands’ lack of confidence that this show can be presented properly. Our thanks to the staff of Reno Events Center and The Alley for their cooperation. Refunds will be made available at point of purchase. NOFX, Pennywise, and Alkaline Trio thank their fans in Reno for their understanding and look forward to coming to Reno in the future. Dropkick Murphys will play a special intimate show at The Alley in Sparks, Nevada on Saturday November 10. Tickets will be available at the door. Please not Punch Drunk Punk tickets will not be accepted for this show. For info please go to or later this evening for information on this show.”

The Reno-based promotion company, Forever Music, has not commented on the cancellation.

Jim Lindberg To Rejoin Pennywise

Jim LindbergIn a surprising turn of events, it appears that Jim Lindberg has decided to re-unite with Pennywise. The band explained:

We’re happy to announce that Jim is rejoining Pennywise and we’re all looking forward to playing music together again. We’re going to celebrate our re-union with a show at the Hollywood Palladium January 18th to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Pennywise for our friends and fans in L.A.

Lindberg left Pennywise in August 2009. Replacing him, and recording their latest album (All Or Nothing) with them, was Zoli Teglas from Ignite as Lindberg went on to form The Black Pacific.

There’s no word on what will be happening with Ignite or The Black Pacific.

Pennywise - Home Movies [DVD]


Home Movies [DVD]

Epitaph Records

Rating: 2.5/5




Originally released in 1995 on VHS, Home Movies has been out of print since 1997, and incredibly hard to find since there. So Epitaph Records have decided to re-release it in DVD format so that anyone who missed it the first time can get it this time around.

One magical thing about DVDs is the amount of information you can fit into it compared to it’s counterpart: VHS. You can throw hours of video and bonus features onto the little disc with an easy to navigate menu system. Unfortunately, Pennywise didn’t decide to use that to their advantage this time. All you get on this DVD is the original movie, there are absolutely no bonus features. So if you already own the VHS, this DVD won’t give you anything extra.

While watching it, it is obvious that it is an old movie, and quite frankly, it falls short by today’s standards. The video is very wobbly, the image is grainy and dark, and the sound quality is poor. The worst part are the live performances. They were definitely lacking the technology to film a clear, clean, performance. It is dark and hard to see most of the time, and then the sound quality is really bad too Luckily, there are an odd few live clips which do show some promise, and, while still grainy, are more visible and sound a lot clearer then the others.

The documentary itself has the four members talking about touring, their fans, violence in the most pits, and playing practical jokes. They initiate their new roadie and Fletcher explains the humor behind vomiting on people. Pennywise also invites the viewer into their small practice space. Although this information is interesting, a lot of it is outdated; and for only a 45 minute documentary, 16 bucks might be a bit too much.

This documentary might’ve passed as amazing back in 1995, but it falls short today. So unless you are an extremely huge Pennywise fan and want to get your hands on everything they have ever released, then this DVD is far from being a must-have.


Tours: Pennywise

PennywisePennywise has announced that they will be heading on tour this October with select dates with, MxPx, Unwritten LawStreet Dogs.  The band is touring in support of their recent full length, All Or Nothing, released last month on Epitaph Records.

Tour listings can be found below.

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