This Hermosa Beach, California, USA-based band was fated to be the perpetual bridesmaid of the punk revival. While Green Day and Offspring were enjoying huge commercial success in the mid- to late 90s, Pennywise struggled to overcome well-publicised internal problems which ultimately led to the suicide of Jason Thirsk in 1996. The band was formed in 1988 by Thirsk (25 December 1967, d. 29 July 1996; bass), Jim Lindberg (vocals), Byron McMackin (drums) and Fletcher Dragge (guitar), all of whom had roots in the local surf/punk scene. The bands debut EP A Word From The Wise was released on Theologian Records, and quickly found favour on the local punk scene. The EP came to the attention of Brett Gurewitz of Epitaph Records, who signed the band in 1990. Their self-titled debut album featured frenetic punk rock and sophomoric lyrics informed by the bands high school days in Hermosa Beach. Shortly afterwards Lindberg quit, even though the band was beginning...
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