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PENNYWISE

PENNYWISE Bio

The Golden State represents power and possibility to many around the world, a place where dreams are made but nightmares might come true. The cultural epicenter that is California has been defined by so many monumental mile markers, from the silent film era to skid row, from Disneyland to Ronald Reagan, from celebrity excess to social unrest. Straight Outta Compton, Suffer, Master of Puppets, Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables – as the late Tupac Shakur famously said, Cali is where “we riot, not rally.”

Few bands have endured with as much demonstrably California-encompassing vibrancy as the Hermosa Beach, CA institution that is Pennywise. They reign unchallenged, outside the  margins  of  the  mainstream,  a  staple  on  the  SoCal  radio  airwaves  and  worldwide festival circuit revered and championed by generations of fans filling theaters and clubs.

Pennywise  possess  the  power  to  merge  the  subversive  with  the  celebratory.  Each Pennywise  record  is  chock  full  of  fast-paced  anthems  expertly  engineered  to  inspire radical  change,  personal  empowerment,  relentless  hijinks,  and reckless  fast  times.  On paper it may read like a mess of contradictions, but on record, it sounds like California.

At  this  point,  three  decades  since  the  band’s  DIY  beginnings,  Pennywise  classics  like “Same  Old  Story,”  “Fuck  Authority,”  “Alien,”  “Homesick,”  and  “Bro  Hymn”  are  as fundamental to punk rock and hardcore as stage dives and guitars.

The combustible chemistry between the diverse creative personalities within Pennywise delivers   some   the   culture’s   strongest   songs,   obliterating   the   boring   sameness   of easygoing attitudes with a push-and-pull process that hammers the strongest songwriting and performances from each individual into a remarkable cohesive whole.

The defiantly titled Never Gonna Die is the first full album of brand new songs with singer Jim  Lindberg,  guitarist  Fletcher Dragge,  drummer Byron  McMackin,  and bassist  Randy Bradbury in over ten years. It’s as timely as it is timeless, charging head first into the chaos of  the  current  climate  of  the  world  with  the  tried-and-true  determined  sound  the Pennywise faithful demand. Never Gonna Die was forged in the same space where the band penned classic songs with late bassist Jason Thirsk and produced once again by rock producer and close collaborator Cameron Webb (Motörhead, NOFX, Alkaline Trio).

“We Set Fire Tonight” is a furious resistance anthem challenging the “austerity measures”

around the world that deny basic social services to the most vulnerable.

“American  Lies”  cuts  through  the  fog  of  disinformation  and  disingenuous  worldviews, rejecting partisan posturing in favor of true patriotism. “Can’t Be Ignored” is both self- examination  and  societal  exhortation,  addressing  the  ravenous  hunger  for  more  that shatters the spirit and could literally destroy the world as we know it.

The title track demands an evolutionary shift in consciousness, pleading to put hundreds of years of dogma to rest, to never accept those prejudices are “Never Gonna Die.”

“Live While You Can (Time Bomb)” is the Pennywise take on the timeless adages to live while  you  can,  enjoy  today,  and  never  let  the  bastards  get  you  down.  “Goodbye  Bad Times” further emphasizes the holistic side of the band’s ethos, a steadfast reminder of the power of encouragement, personal empowerment and communal interdependence.

As ever, touring across the world playing with and playing to likeminded rabble rousers and mischief makers, Pennywise summon all the best and brightest of SoCal punk spirit, consciously exposing the world’s flaws as well as their own, and celebrating life loudly.

As  the  terrifying  clown  who  shares  the  band’s  namesake  returns  to  the  pop  culture consciousness,  via  a  massively  well-received  movie  adaptation  and  its  forthcoming sequel, so too has Pennywise – the band – reemerged at their absolute strongest. Forbes Magazine said, “It doesn’t just float, It soars.” Pennywise? They effin’ scorch.

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Showings

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  • Thu, August 9, 2018
  • Doors - 7:00 PM
    Concert - 8:00PM
  • Chameleon Club
    Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • TBA
  • $25.00 adv / $28.00 day of show
  • 18 and over admitted / 21 to drink