Pennywise in 2006.
|Origin||Hermosa Beach, California, United States|
|Genres||Punk rock, melodic hardcore, skate punk|
|Years active||Since 1988|
|Labels||Theologian, Epitaph, MySpace|
|Associated acts||Con 800, One Hit Wonder, Chaos Delivery Machine, Ignite|
Between their 1991 self-titled debut and 2005's The Fuse, Pennywise had released an album every two years on Epitaph Records, a label owned by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. To date, Pennywise has 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. The album was also sold in stores through MySpace Records in the United States and Epitaph in Europe.
Pennywise's line-up, which remained constant from 1996 to 2009, consisted of Jim Lindberg (vocals), Fletcher Dragge (guitars), Randy Bradbury (bass) and Byron McMackin (drums). They kept their original line-up until original bassist Jason Thirsk committed suicide in 1996, due to issues with his alcoholism, after which Bradbury joined as his replacement. In August 2009, Lindberg decided to leave the band; he was replaced in February 2010 by Ignite singer Zoli Téglás.
Pennywise was formed in 1988 in Hermosa Beach, California, by singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin and bassist Jason Thirsk. 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 Mira Costa 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.
Lindberg got married and returned to the group in 1992 in time for their second album Unknown Road released in August of 1993, an underground hit that established the band as a force in punk music. Like its predecessor, Unknown Road did not chart on the Billboard 200. It contained 13 tracks and one hidden track, "Slowdown".
By 1995, punk bands Green Day, The Offspring and Rancid hit the mainstream and Pennywise refused invitations to join several major labels. About Time, Pennywise's third studio album, was released on June 13, 1995. It was their first album to chart on the Billboard 200, ranking 96. It also charted 55 on the Austrailian Album Chart, and produced one single "Same Old Story". This was also the last album to feature Jason Thirsk playing bass throughout.
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 as bassist and recorded their next album, Full Circle (1997). Despite the loss of the band's friend and bassist, the album came out several months after Thirsk's death and dedicated in his honor. In tribute of Thirsk, the band re-recorded a song from their first album "Bro-Hymn" and renamed it "Bro-Hymn (tribute)". The album artwork of Full Circle resembles the cover art from their first album.
The band's next album Straight Ahead was released in 1999. The album reached 62 on the Billboard Top 200, and 8 on the Australian Albums Chart. The album's only single is "Alien", which reached 36 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks. An 18th track was released only in Australia, a cover of the Men at Work song "Down Under."
A live album, Live at the Key Club was released in 2000. It contained songs from all their previous albums. Land of the Free? was released in 2001 and ranked 67 on th Billboard Top 200 and number 21 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. This album contained an explicit song though it did not obtain a parental advisory label. The song "Who's On Your Side" was co-written by Brett Gurewitz (also known as Mr. Brett), a guitarist and song writer for Bad Religion.
From the Ashes was released on September 9, 2003 (United States), and reached number 54 on the Billboard Top 200, number 4 on the Top Independent Albums chart, and 13 Australian Albums Chart, marking the highest initial charting album in Pennywise's career. The album contained 14 tracks and retained no singles, although the song "Yesterdays" saw regular radio play on some stations.
Home Movies, the band's only video was originally released in 1995 and had been out of print since 1997. Home Movies was re-released on DVD for the first time in 2004. More footage of Pennywise can be seen on the Steve Martin film 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 album retained 15 tracks and charted number 36 on the Australian ARIA Album Charts. The band's Australian tour was canceled leading to breakup rumors, which Lindberg denied. Also that year, digitally-remastered versions of the first four studio albums were released.
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. The album did not do well on the charts. It peaked at #98 in the United States on the The Billboard 200, and #46 in Australia on the ARIA Albums Chart. Reason to Believe did, however, retain three singles, "The Western World", "Die For You", and "One reason".
In August 2009, Jim Lindberg announced he was leaving the band. Lindberg released the following statement:
|“||After 20 years, nine albums and thousands of shows around the world, my time in Pennywise has come to an end. Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for. I want to express my deepest thanks to all of you for sticking with us over the years, especially through the passing of Jason years ago. It's your support and encouragement that kept me going this long. There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs. I would also sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way, in every capacity, we never could have done it without you, and I wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success. Yours truly, Jim.||”|
Front man for OC hardcore/punk band Ignite filled in on vocals during the band’s set on the 2009 Smokeout Festival. Lindberg is currently filming a documentary based on his book, Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life and is planning on recording an album soon. Téglás will be filling in for Lindberg again for the band's spring 2010 European tour.
By the time Lindberg left the group, Pennywise had begun writing new material for a tenth studio album, but according to bassist Randy Bradbury, they have no plans to return to the studio any time soon.
In September 2009, BYO Records released a compilation entitled "Let Them Know – The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records". This compilation will include Pennywise's cover of "We're Gonna Fight", by 7 Seconds.  This was the final song Jim recorded with Pennywise.
In an interview with new singer Zoli Teglas, he talked about his joining Pennywise and plans for a brand new Pennywise album. Zoli and the Pennywise gang are already writing a new Pennywise album from scratch with no Jim influence. Ignite will continue on as a band with Zoli.
Pennywise's style is mostly made up of punk rock, but it does contain elements from other genres including 90's grunge. Their songs and lyrics tend to focus on political and moral wrongs; this can be seen in the songs "Land of the Free?" and "The Western World".
|Dates & releases||Members & prominent instruments||Notes|
A Word from the Wise,
Unknown Road and
Live @ the Key Club,
Land of the Free?,
From the Ashes,
The Fuse, and
Reason to Believe
"Bro Hymn" is the theme for many sports teams around the world:
Pennywise's music has also been featured in numerous video games.
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Lindberg (right) on stage with Pennywise in 2006.
|Birth name||James William Lindberg|
|Born||July 26, 1965|
|Origin||Hermosa Beach, California, United States|
|Genres||Punk rock, Melodic hardcore, Skate punk, Hardcore punk|
|Occupations||Musician, Vocalist, Author|
|Years active||1980s – present|
|Labels|| Epitaph Records|
|Associated acts|| Pennywise|
The Black Pacific
James William Lindberg (born July 26, 1965) is an American singer and guitarist. Active since the 1980s, when he played in local bands in his early career, Lindberg is best known for being the frontman and songwriter of the influential punk rock band Pennywise, where he had remained as a member for 21 years. He now fronts and plays guitar in The Black Pacific, who released a debut album in 2010.
Lindberg also released his first book in May 2007 titled Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life. The book explores the dichotomy of being a responsible husband and parent raising 3 daughters while fronting an anti-establishment punk rock band and includes a number of anecdotes relating to each role.
After years playing in local bands, Lindberg founded Pennywise in 1988 with former CON/800 guitarist Fletcher Dragge and two previously unknown musicians, Jason Thirsk on bass and Byron McMackin on drums. Some of the members were previously alums from two South Bay High Schools, Redondo Union High School and Mira Costa (where Lindberg graduated in 1983). In 1989, the band released two EPs, A Word from the Wise and Wildcard, that attracted the attention of Epitaph Records, who signed the band a year later. Together, Pennywise recorded and released three studio albums: Pennywise, Unknown Road, and About Time. They had moderate chart success, with the latter album reaching the Billboard top 100, but difficulty keeping Lindberg's bandmates together caused Thirsk to leave the band in late 1995 for reasons related to alcoholism. Randy Bradbury, who temporarily filled in for Lindberg in the 1990s when he got married and contributed to the songwriting of Unknown Road, replaced him. When Thirsk returned briefly on bass in 1996, Bradbury was supposed to switch to rhythm guitar; unfortunately, Thirsk died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on July 29th of that year at the age of 28. Although Pennywise considered disbanding after Thirsk's death, the band decided to continue on with Bradbury as his permanent replacement. Since then, Pennywise continued to record and perform.
In August 2009, Lindberg announced that he was leaving Pennywise. He released the following statement:
|“||After 20 years, nine albums and thousands of shows around the world, my time in Pennywise has come to an end. Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for. There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs, and it’s your support and encouragement that’s kept me going this long. would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success. Yours truly, Jim.||”|
It was later revealed that Jim left Pennywise due to creative differences and the fact that he didn't want to tour as much as his bandmates aspired to.
In June 2010 Lindberg unveiled his new band The Black Pacific. The group are signed to SideOneDummy Records and have debuted two tracks, "The System" and "When It's Over". Black Pacific features Alan Vega (from Good Guys in Black) on drums and Davey Latter (from Everest) on bass, with Jim writing all of the songs, playing guitar, and singing. Produced by Far guitarist Shaun Lopez, Black Pacific's debut album features a variety of musical styles. Black Pacific will play their debut show at Epicenter 2010 in Fontana, California. Their self-titled debut was released on September 14, 2010.
Lindberg has been married for years and has children. He is also a 1989 graduate at UCLA.