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. Pennywise will play two album release shows; July 16 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA and July 18 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.
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.
Yesterdays Track List:
01. What You Deserve
02. Restless Time
03. Noise Pollution
04. Violence Never Ending
05. Am Oi!
07. She's A Winner
08. Slow Down
09. Public Defender
10. No Way Out
11. I Can Remember
Pennywise Tour Dates:
7/16/14 Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory (Pennywise Record Release)
7/18/14 Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues (Pennywise Record Release)
7/29/14 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
7/30/14 Baltimore, MD - Pier Six Pavilion
8/1/14 Asbury Park, NJ - The Stone Pony Summer Stage
8/2/14 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
8/4/14 New York, NY - Terminal 5
8/5/14 New York, NY - Terminal 5
8/7/14 Toronto, ON - TD Echo Beach
8/8/14 Burlington, VT - Waterfront Park - Lake Champlain Maritime Fest
8/9/14 Montreal, Heavy MTL Festival
8/11/14 Boston, MA - House Of Blues
8/14/14 Tampa, FL - MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/15/14 West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/16/14 Cape Canaveral, FL - Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral
8/19/14 St. Augustine, FL - Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
8/20/14 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade Music Park
8/22/14 Oklahoma City, OK - Downtown Airpark
8/24/14 Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
8/26/14 Magna, UT - The Great Saltair
8/27/14 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
8/29/14 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
8/30/14 Chula Vista, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheatre
8/31/14 Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre Grounds
9/14/14 Sacramento, CA - Aftershock Festival
7/29 through 8/31 - Summer Nationals tour with The Offspring, Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and The Vandals (check local listings for exact lineups).