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Pennywise is a Californian punk rock band from Hermosa Beach, California, formed in 1988. The name is derived from the monster, It, from the Stephen King novel of the same title.
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, the band has released ten full-length studio albums (the last being 2012’s All or Nothing), one live album, two EPs and one DVD. Although their first two studio albums were critically acclaimed, Pennywise would not experience worldwide commercial success until the 1995 release of their third studio album, About Time, which peaked at number ninety-six on the Billboard 200, and number fifty-five on Australia’s ARIA Charts. The band’s mainstream success was signified by a growing interest in punk rock during the 1990s, along with fellow California bands NOFX, Rancid, Blink-182, Bad Religion, Green Day, The Offspring and Sublime. By 2007, the band had independently sold over 3 million records worldwide, making them one of the most successful independent punk acts of all time.
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 had kept their original line-up together until 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. This new lineup recorded their tenth studio album All or Nothing, which was released on May 1, 2012.
New singer and All or Nothing (2009–present)
Pennywise in 2011 with Lindberg’s replacement Zoli Téglás (second from left)
Zoli Téglás, frontman for OC hardcore/punk band Ignite, previously filled in on vocals during the band’s set on the 2009 Smokeout Festival, while Lindberg was filming a documentary based on his book, Punk Rock Dad: No Rules, Just Real Life.
In September 2009, BYO Records released a compilation entitled “Let Them Know – The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records” including Pennywise’s cover of “We’re Gonna Fight”, by 7 Seconds. This was the final song Jim recorded with Pennywise; he is now in The Black Pacific.
It was announced on February 16, 2010 that Téglás would become Jim’s permanent replacement.In an interview with Zoli, 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. However, the release of their new album was delayed, partly due to commitments with 2010’s Warped Tour. Guitarist Fletcher Dragge said in a July 2010 that it would be released around the beginning of 2011.The album’s release date has since been pushed back again. On October 19, 2011, Pennywise announced on their Twitter page that they had begun work on their new album. On March 7, 2012, the band released the song “All or Nothing” from the album with the same title on KROQ’s website.
Pennywise did a six-date South American Brazil tour in December 2010. After that, they toured Europe in January and February 2011, followed by Australia’s Soundwave in February and March and three live dates in Japan in April.
Here for you some pic about the concert on Queen Mary’s Tatto Convention 2012.
Unknown Road (1993)
About Time (1995)
Full Circle (1997)
Straight Ahead (1999)
Land of the Free? (2001)
From the Ashes (2003)
The Fuse (2005)
Reason to Believe (2008)
All or Nothing (2012)
Zoli Téglás – lead vocals (2010–present)
Fletcher Dragge – guitar, backing vocals (1988–present)
Randy Bradbury – bass, backing vocals (1996–present)
Byron McMackin – drums, backing vocals (1988–present)
Jim Lindberg – lead vocals (1988–1991, 1992–2009)
Jason Thirsk – bass, backing vocals (1988–1996)
Dave Quackenbush – lead vocals (1992)
Danny Casler – lead vocals (2011)
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