By Jay Tilles
Just a day after premiering their new single “Violence Never Ending,” Pennywise have kept the momentum going by announcing a new album and tour.
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.”