Pennywise have made a name for themselves over the past 28 years as a politically minded, melodic hardcore band that has sold millions of albums and become one of the most successful independent acts of all time. Formed in 1988, the band played backyard parties in their hometown of Hermosa Beach, California, without having any aspirations other than playing as many songs as they could before the police showed up. Hermosa Beach and the surrounding neighborhoods are a prominent place in popular culture, with groups like Black Flag, The Circle Jerks and Descendants merging a fast rebellious sound with the surrounding aggressive surf and skate culture. Inspired by their predecessors, Pennywise were at the forefront of a second wave of American punk rock that would catapult the movement from a tight-knit subculture into a worldwide movement.
Through constant touring and rousing live shows, the band built a massive and dedicated following with revered classics like the incendiary “F*ck Authority,” their powerful anthem of discontent “Alien” and the stirring ode to fallen friends “Bro Hymn,” - an autobiographical song which pays tribute to the band’s founding bass player Jason Thirsk after his tragic and untimely death in 1996. Pennywise have released an impressive collection of eleven albums in the span of their 28 years as a band, including: Pennywise (1991), Unknown Road (1993), 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), and most recently Yesterdays (2014).
Their 1995 classic album About Time brought Pennywise to mainstream acknowledgement with tracks “Same Old Story,” “Perfect People,” and “Every Single Day” hitting international airwaves. For their fall 2016 tour, Pennywise will celebrate About Time by performing the album in it’s entirety along with other classic Pennywise favorites.
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