I grew up listening to Pennywise. They completely belonged to any good mix tape during an afternoon skate session back when I was growing up in South Germany. The music just had this sing-along, good vibration feel to it which always gave me the extra energy I needed/wanted especially when I wanted to try new tricks.
Okay, this isn’t about me, it’s about Pennywise, a band which started up in 1988 with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, drummer Byron McMackin and bassist Jason Thirsk, signing up with Epitaph Records. Jason Thirsk left the band to get over his alcoholism, succeeding but then died from a self-inflicted gunwound in 1996. Now eight albums and two EPs later Pennywise has come back to release their 9th album “Reason To Believe” and I have to admit – it’s pretty darn good!
Sure, some of you will be saying it sounds all the same, they’ve turned pop-punk like but I’ll have to disagree with you on these points. The sound is crisp, to the point, good old school melodic punk rock and it makes me want to get up and go. My favorites include “One Reason”, “The Western Wall”, “We’ll Never Know” and and and…just one good album.
Pennywise also took a different approach towards marketing and selling this album. They have moved on to a partnership with MySpace in the United States which made the album available for free for a week or two on the release date.
If you ever liked Pennywise or melodic punk music from the “early” days, then get this album, it’s worth it!