By Jay Tilles
The rockers will release their 11th studio album, Yesterdays, on July 15 via Epitaph Records, with Jim Lindberg returning as the lead vocalist for the first time since originally leaving the band in 2009.
Pennywise gave Radio.com an exclusive listen of “Violence Never Ending” yesterday (June 2). The sub-two-minute track pounds with the intensity for which the band is famous. Today (June 3), the band issued a video to accompany the song, compiled of vintage footage from their 26-year career.
“Yesterdays is a collection of old songs from our early years and also a few outtakes we dusted off just for the occasion,” said the band in a statement. “We first started playing music together in 1988 in an old wooden one car garage covered in graffiti on Irena Street in Redondo Beach with no other motive other than to have fun and make a lot of noise.”
Since the band’s last release, 2012’s All or Nothing, Pennywise have seen major changes in their story. Frontman Jim Lindberg has rekindled his relationship with the band since leaving in 2009 to pursue fatherhood and a short stint as singer for Black Pacific.
Several songs featured on Yesterdays were written by deceased original bass player, Jason Thirsk.
“He was all about PMA [positive mental attitude] and you can hear the influence of Dag Nasty and 7 Seconds in his lyrics in songs like ‘Thanks-giving’ and ‘Slow Down,'” the band stated. “It was all about having fun and being thankful for what you had, no matter how messed up it was.
“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.”
Pennywise will play two album release shows: July 16 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, Calif., and July 18 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. The band will also join The Offspring and Bad Religion on the Summer Nationals Tour kicking off July 29 in Mesa, Ariz.
Pennywise Tour Dates:
07/16 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory (Pennywise Record Release)
07/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues (Pennywise Record Release)
07/29 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
07/30 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
08/01 – Asbury Park, NJ @ The Stone Pony Summer Stage
08/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
08/04 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/05 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5
08/07 – Toronto, ON @ TD Echo Beach
08/08 – Burlington, VT @ Waterfront Park – Lake Champlain Maritime Fest
08/09 – Montreal, Heavy MTL Festival
08/11 – Boston, MA @ House Of Blues
08/14 – Tampa, FL @ MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
08/15 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
08/16 – Cape Canaveral, FL @ Exploration Tower at Port Canaveral
08/19 – St. Augustine, FL @ Saint Augustine Amphitheatre
08/20 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade Music Park
08/22 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Downtown Airpark
08/24 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
08/26 – Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
08/27 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
08/29 – Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
08/30 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
08/31 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre Grounds
09/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Aftershock Festival
7/29-8/31 – Summer Nationals tour w/ The Offspring, Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers and The Vandals