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Album Review: Yesterdays by Pennywise

With the release of Pennywise’s eleventh studio album Yesterdays, familiar punk rock ground is covered. There have been two major changes in the Pennywise story since their last release, All or Nothing (2012). First, front man Jim Lindberg has reunited with the band since leaving in 2009. And second, several songs featured on Yesterdays were written by deceased bass player, Jason Thirsk and have been properly recorded in the studio for the first time. It is unmistakably Pennywise.

Credit where credit is due, Pennywise can write a superb punk rock album. You’ll be reminded of times when bands of their ilk, The Offspring and Bad Religion, were in their prime. There’s no weak tracks on Yesterdays, ‘What You Deserve’, ‘Noise Pollution’ and ‘Violence Never Ending’ are blistering punk songs.

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“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.”

That rawness is what gives Yesterdays are real magical and life affirming feel. It sticks two fingers up to the man, snarls with punk attitude and above all is thoroughly enjoyable. Album highlights ‘Thanksgiving’ and ‘She’s A Winner’ sound like the Pennywise of old –real gems. You can feel yourself slipping back to the 90s.

While Yesterdays marks the beginning of a new chapter for Pennywise you’d be hard pushed to notice anything new or groundbreaking. That doesn’t matter in the slightest, you don’t need to fix something which ain’t broke. Yesterdays will please hardcore fans and act as a timely reminder to the casual listener that Pennywise are one of the best American punk bands around.

AD Rating 7.5/10

 

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