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Pennywise: The FuseThe Fuse (2005)
Epitaph Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5
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Contributed by: joeJoe
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If ever there was a band who believe in the mentality of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," it's definitely Pennywise. Ever since their self-titled debut they've stuck rigidly to playing rapid-fire skate punk and seemingly not really caring whether people like it or not. Album number eight The Fuse .
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If ever there was a band who believe in the mentality of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," it's definitely Pennywise. Ever since their self-titled debut they've stuck rigidly to playing rapid-fire skate punk and seemingly not really caring whether people like it or not. Album number eight The Fuse is therefore going to please ardent fans of the band, whereas the detractors will most likely remain unimpressed by the 15 tracks on offer here.

"Knocked Down" kicks things off as they mean to go on, albeit with slightly less crisp production than the last couple of (admittedly pretty nondescript) efforts; however, Jim Lindberg's voice is still a commanding presence and the musicianship is as tight as ever. On tracks like "Competition Song" they ape Bad Religion almost down to a tee, but to me this is not such a bad thing; if you're gonna sound like another band, make sure it's a good one. Their message still remains a political one, but they also make references to the struggles of every day life and the current state of humanity. "Fox TV" and "The Kids" both show that there is still a hunger in this band which might not be sated for a while yet, and there is almost a metal infuence on a couple of tracks, albeit not as evident as with other awesome punk bands like Strung Out or A Wilhelm Scream.

Maybe there are one too many songs on The Fuse, as songs like "Disconnect" and "Premeditated Murder" are pretty substandard compared to the fury and blitz of the first few tracks, but this is a relatively minor point of contention for me. As somebody who has been a fan of this band and defended them from the usual criticsims levelled their way for a good few years now, this record proved, after the disappointment of 2003's From The Ashes, that there was still some life in this particular dog yet. The trends may be changing all the time, but it is pretty refreshing to see a band stick to what it does well and that gives the fans what they like. The Fuse isn't their best work by any means, but while they may not top the albums that were released in the mid-90's, Pennywise still have the ability to leave an impression, which this album certainly did with me.

The Mars Volta they are not, but for anyone who still appreciates the skate punk Epitaph sound, you could do a lot worse.

 

 
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pitoresco (June 11, 2007)

This is a very good album. Not as good as about time, but still a great listening.

punk_rawker (October 2, 2006)

"So you just give up, yeah u just give in, u go to sleep and dream at night of the life that might have been" - look who u are

Pennywise will rock on forever, fuck u 2 all the people who say they shud give up

IKnowNothing (August 2, 2006)

This album sounded like Pennywise's last album... Which sounded like the album before that... Which sounded like the album before that... Whcih sounded like the album before that...

Anonymous (June 30, 2006)

this album really sucks. btw, the mars volta are pretty damn amazing. pennywise could never match them.

TheWise (June 28, 2006)

I was pretty disappointed by this album.
Just not as memorable as their other ones.
This coming from a guy whose first tattoo was the PW,
but I'm sure they'll return with a better one, I have faith.

Anonymous (June 24, 2006)

This review was menial and rudimentary.
Joe, stick to your day job.

Anonymous (May 3, 2006)

pennywise are better musicians than 99.99999% percent of all punk bands.

they kept their music fast and tight, they didn't change styles to meet with current popular culture.

Anonymous (January 28, 2006)

It's not thier best but I don't think they put too much heart into it at all. From the Ashes was a great Cd. It was a change, so fuck your ass.

Anonymous (December 1, 2005)

wow i get a kick outta these comments... people still seek attention in punknews. they come here to talk garbage and probably wait for a comment back... that's good, or rather how sad...

PW fo life foo

-Flip-

Anonymous (November 18, 2005)

Just to clarify that I hate The Mars Volta, my point was that if you want complex music, listen to them.

I gave this album a good score despite the possiblity of getting verbally molested for it, so don't start on me.

Thanks and peace,
Joe

GlassPipeMurder (November 7, 2005)

I'm aware how strange this may sound, but this is my favorite Pennywise release. It culminates various styles they've adopted over the years, ranging from the energetic Fox TV to the hardcore crunching Stand Up to the slower, more straightforward Lies. True, it's nothing groundbreaking from Pennywise, but the variety keeps me entertained more than previous PW releases.

Anonymous (September 25, 2005)

The best PW record since the incredible Full circle! That's it and fuck critics!

wannabepunktony (August 31, 2005)

From a long time PW fan: I fucking hate this CD. It's a joke. For a band that once had so much passion, energy and creativity, this disc stands as not even a shell of their former self. These songs are so pathetic, cookie-cutter, if it wasn't for Jim's voice, I would have guessed this was some shitty new band trying to emulate the old PW sound.

Ugh - I feel dirty for having just listened to this. If some no name band put this album out, there is no way people would be sticking up for it as they are.

Give it up Pennywise - get your passion back or hang it the fuck up. Stop wasting our time.

Anonymous (August 25, 2005)

Let me start off by saying what the fuck are u trying to do by comparing PW to the mars volta 1. the mars volta is not punk so why r u comparing 2. the mars volta sucks....bad.....real bad
pennywise is still one of the best bands around and they will stay that way for a long fucking time
this album kicks ass just as much as all the other ones

Anonymous (August 22, 2005)

The Fuse may not be as good as previous Pennywise albums, but it's still pretty damn good. Go do yourself a favor, and listen to homosexual The Mars Volta with your penis hanging out with your preppy drunk ass hip hop lovin friends.

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

What the fuck? No breakdowns?? That makes me want to smash some brains!!

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

"I can't believe how many pathetic little "punk rock" bitches are on this site."

You're gay.

Anonymous (August 15, 2005)

I can't believe how many pathetic little "punk rock" bitches are on this site.

Anonymous (August 13, 2005)

""Eat my fucking shit. All of you."

You're gay."

You're gayer."

You're the gayest.

Anonymous (August 13, 2005)

""Eat my fucking shit. All of you."

You're gay."

You're gayer.

Anonymous (August 13, 2005)

"Eat my fucking shit. All of you."

You're gay.

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

Eat my fucking shit. All of you.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2005)

"I got a new name for JonestheBones, it's donkey fuck, there now it fell into your lap. Use it sheepboy!!"

you didnt like the donkey punch i gave you last night?

oohhhh burned. i moded your ass

- jonah the donkey fuck bonah

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2005)

"So you HAVE to keep it? What a fucking lemming! You suck JonahtheBonah!!!"

i keep it because people like you have a problem with it.

- jonahthebonah

- stevejonah8770ah@yahooah.comah

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

I got a new name for JonestheBones, it's donkey fuck, there now it fell into your lap. Use it sheepboy!!

Aaaaahahahahahahaha!

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

"...(blah blah blah) the name fell into my lap...."

So you HAVE to keep it? What a fucking lemming! You suck JonahtheBonah!!!

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

'Jones the bones is gay and takes it up the ass from fletcher. Her-bro-sa beach sucks.'

Stop posin' as me, BRO.

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

Jones the bones is gay and takes it up the ass from fletcher. Her-bro-sa beach sucks.

stevejonestherealbones (August 12, 2005)

""mad gay"

gay

(Rhyming user names is about as "mad gay" as it gets!)"

anonymous posters are mad gayer.

and you dont know shit about the name, queermo. it fell into my lap. i didnt make it

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

mikiplanas (August 12, 2005)

Fuck pennywise

Anonymous (August 12, 2005)

"mad gay"

gay

(Rhyming user names is about as "mad gay" as it gets!)

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

no.

stevejonestherealbones (August 11, 2005)

"Jones the Bones has now shown us that he's surpassed Chinatown as the biggest fag ever!"

mad gay

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

Jones the Bones has now shown us that he's surpassed Chinatown as the biggest fag ever!

boba_fett (August 11, 2005)

he must be heterophobic.

stevejonestherealbones (August 11, 2005)

""What a fag"

You are probabley one of the retards who goto their shows and think your so fucking hardcore for listening to Pennywise with your "Bro's". A "Fag" is more like what your self is. Grow up."

gay

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

its pennywise. if you like them, you'll like it. if you don't, you won't. its better than from the ashes, but not even close to full circle.

paul

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"What a fag"

You are probabley one of the retards who goto their shows and think your so fucking hardcore for listening to Pennywise with your "Bro's". A "Fag" is more like what your self is. Grow up.

TheOneTrueBill (August 11, 2005)

The more I listen to it, the more I like it. My cousin gave it to me about two months ago and I only listened to it twice until it came out. Since Tuesday I gather that I've listened to it four times, and it keeps getting better. The production isn't as bland, the songwriting is still moving back to the Full Circle era high, and the message is still strong.

What a band.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

score is for the clown. he didn't always do the same shit over and over and say "your demise" or "land of the free" a million times.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

Hey Bro, this is some rad shit man. Bro, lets get that keg and TAPPPP IT. I mean tap that girl when she gets super drunk, bro.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"You people are so dumb, I can get your panties in a knot with only one line that takes a whopping 10 seconds to type. Don't say I have too much time on my hands, as I am sure your responces took longer than that."

ha, says the anonymous guy who thinks people are gonna know which comment came from him, like he's some kind of mastermind

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

mastermind like a FOX

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

we're not Brazil, we're Northern Ireland but it's all the same to me...... Lawrie Sanchez' green and white army! Fuse not great, not bad

stevejonestherealbones (August 11, 2005)

"You people are so dumb, I can get your panties in a knot with only one line that takes a whopping 10 seconds to type. Don't say I have too much time on my hands, as I am sure your responces took longer than that."

ha, says the anonymous guy who thinks people are gonna know which comment came from him, like he's some kind of mastermind

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

""Pennywise doesn't even deserve to chew on my farts"

This is one lame one-liner. Very fucking lame, but not bad coming from a tween boy with an already low sperm count & an impotency problem."

both of those one liners are horrible, but not bad considering they come from YOUR MOMMA!!!

haha

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

you think i would waste A material on this site? fuck son, this site barely gets D material, that line came out because I ate a buritto and made a terrible fart so I was like 'hmm... Fletcher'

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

You people are so dumb, I can get your panties in a knot with only one line that takes a whopping 10 seconds to type. Don't say I have too much time on my hands, as I am sure your responces took longer than that.

stevejonestherealbones (August 11, 2005)

""Pennywise doesn't even deserve to chew on my farts"

This is one lame one-liner. Very fucking lame, but not bad coming from a tween boy with an already low sperm count & an impotency problem."

both of those one liners are horrible, but not bad considering they come from YOUR MOMMA!!!

haha

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"Earth to 12 year old boy, punk is dead"

Then why are you wasting valuable time in your life being on this website? You just proved how STUPID you are. Any retorts to this will further solidify my case. I never understand why people that hate the music on here visit this site. Go find something else to do. You must be 12 because you can't understand how valuable time is fuckface!!!

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"Pennywise doesn't even deserve to chew on my farts"

This is one lame one-liner. Very fucking lame, but not bad coming from a tween boy with an already low sperm count & an impotency problem.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

Anyone get the new Marathon cd?? I can't stop listening to it..........it's soooooooo good........

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"At least Pennywise is punk, half the bands on this site are not. Pennywise deserves to be talked about here whether you love 'em or hate 'em. Hot Hot Heat & Mars Volta shouldn't be."

Pennywise doesn't deserve to even chew on my farts.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"At least Pennywise is punk, half the bands on this site are not. Pennywise deserves to be talked about here whether you love 'em or hate 'em. Hot Hot Heat & Mars Volta shouldn't be."

Earth to 12 year old boy, PUNK IS DEAD.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

At least Pennywise is punk, half the bands on this site are not. Pennywise deserves to be talked about here whether you love 'em or hate 'em. Hot Hot Heat & Mars Volta shouldn't be.

stricken (August 11, 2005)

i love their cover of Stand By Me

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"News Flash to who ever wrote this reply....growing up in the south bay and going to school at mira costa where these guys are from you will soon learn that it is in fact all the trend and the "trendy jerks" and jocks are the guys who buy their albums and goto their shows around here. Get a clue. Your just like everyone else."

What a fag.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

....and 18 ways to say stand up, which were burned out 3 albums ago. all of the slow songs i can do without, but overall its pretty solid. they should write songs like they did on "pennywise" and not take such strong political opinions into the music. honestly who gives a fuck.

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"News Flash to who ever wrote this reply....growing up in the south bay and going to school at mira costa where these guys are from you will soon learn that it is in fact all the trend and the "trendy jerks" and jocks are the guys who buy their albums and goto their shows around here. Get a clue. Your just like everyone else."

wow, who brags about being from the south bay? only fags like you, if you fucking like the music you do, just take it at that.

as for the cd, it isnt shitty like most of the songs from "from the ashes", but it has some stand out faster songs. only problem in this album is the use of words like society and

Anonymous (August 11, 2005)

"2003's From The Ashes"

they came from the ashes to light a fuse which will make more ashes, which, indeed, they will come from.

this set of titles was so much cooler when the band was baked.

if you download music that's fine, but don't start needing to morally justify it.
Cause then your getting to be too needy, and whiny, and I'm too tired to start validating internet equipped punk rockers.
'....but i still buy their t-shirts..',
fucking ruining my Law and Order marathon.

wyzo

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Meh. It's decent, but nothing great. I actually prefer From the Ashes. Not many people liked it, but compared to other recent releases, FTA was the most unique. Sort of.

What I really hate about this album is that it blatantly recycles old hooks. Broken ones, at that. However, it is still mildly enjoyable. It has some energy, but there doesn't to have much heart in it. The songs sound like sour of the moment deals, and the band sounds as though their just writing music because it's their job. Oh well.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Here's a follow-up to the Jawbreaker/NCAA 06 topic. There's a new add for K Mart featuring the Wynona Riders cover of "Kids in America."

At this point that Transplants song in the shampoo comercial doesn't seem that bad....

dazed (August 10, 2005)

This is faster and has more energy than "From the Ashes"

Yeah, they're not gonna do anything new and by no means is this really for anything but people who are already Pennywise fans. Unknown Road-Straight Ahead-Full Circle was this band's peak but I'm always hapy to hear the new Pennywise every odd-numbered year.

Anchors (August 10, 2005)

"Your lives are meaningless blah blah blah.."

Says the kid getting an erection from starting an argument. Congratulations, after 14 long, hard years, you've hit the pinnacle of existence.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Look at this, I started a minor web riot. Your lives are meaningless if this is what you have to argue about.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

The averaged score for Mars Volta and Pennywise.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

steve jone's comment about being cool only if you hated on PW after 'unknown road' was hilarious

paul

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

I promised myself a long time ago that I would only come here to read the reviews and news and would avoid the comments. Goddammit! Why do I keep reading this stupid shit?!

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

"And to add to what Anchors said, if artwork and stuff on records is shit, i don't see why people don't just download all their music.

I buy CDs for the music AND the artwork."

You buy CDs for the music AND the artwork!?!??!!? HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!

No one cares. Go kill yourself.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Blehblehblehbleh! I'm Fletcher, I'm fat! So gimme some candy! Blehblehblehbleh!

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

ohhh i get it! the fuse of lennywise lkeads to a shitload of punk rawk dynamite! or its like omg a dynamite of discontent with da SYZTM!!!!!11!!!1!!!!

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

The best part about the cover is how it doesn't make sense. Why would a spark only emit light in a single direction? I hate everything.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

fuck you all.

stevejonestherealbones (August 10, 2005)

"Anchors & Crooked Superhero have got to be 2 of the biggest douchebags on the planet. Why not just collect paintings then. Artwork is meaningless. Also, it seems more & more people nowadays ARE downloading their music from the internet."

artwork is meaningless? no my friend, pennywise's music is meaningless.

Anchors (August 10, 2005)

If artwork is meaningless, why do bands do it at all? Fuck man, why don't they just sell their albums on blank cdr's in clear jewel cases!

Just like Crooky said, if it wasn't for the art, there'd be a huge fucking contingent of people who didn't buy records anymore, what incentive is there? You can have the same thing on a CDR. And don't tell me that it's to financially help bands out, because bands make next to nothing off albums. It's merchandise and touring that give them the money (little as it may be for some.)

And what does buying paintings have to do with anything? You can't enjoy paintings and album artwork separately? You're a fucking clown.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Anchors & Crooked Superhero have got to be 2 of the biggest douchebags on the planet. Why not just collect paintings then. Artwork is meaningless. Also, it seems more & more people nowadays ARE downloading their music from the internet.

CrookedSuperhero (August 10, 2005)

And to add to what Anchors said, if artwork and stuff on records is shit, i don't see why people don't just download all their music.

I buy CDs for the music AND the artwork.

Anchors (August 10, 2005)

An album should be a complete package. Obviously the music is by far the most important aspect, but that doesn't mean bands should just not give a fuck what the cover art looks like, and what's in the liner notes.

If you want two albums just about equally at a record store, but can't decide, and one has awful cover art, and one has great cover art, which are you going to take?

Just sayin'..

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

My score is for anyone who judges music by the cover art. I think more bands should put in to their music what they waste on album art. Also, Pennywise is awesome, as is Lennywise.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

Listening to it now. I was kinda scared this would turn into a disaster, but let's face it.. PW is a great fucking band and they've once again managed to create a great album. Nothing can be compared to Full Circle, so stop comparing. These guys have been around to long to call this record bad. They keep making music and people keep buying their records for one simple reason, Pennywise provide, fans of the genre (PW especially) get what they are looking for in a band. there must be a reason for this, eh? Pennywise is an awsome punkrock band!

Santa won't forget you naysaying bastards come christmas!

SenorRefresco (August 10, 2005)

Come on, bro.....You gotta admit that it's pretty uhh...bland. I guess that's the word for it.

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

"the coverart is lame as fuck"

Not punk enough for you, or what?

Anonymous (August 10, 2005)

the coverart is lame as fuck

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Yay, it's a pennywise record, something to listen to if I'm in the mood for Pennywise. What sucks is that even if they tried to change things up now it would just sound silly, there would be a plethora of "what the fuck is this?" and "this doesn't sound like pennywise!"

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"Ah, my eye, I'm not supposed to get coins in it!!!"

Lennywise is awesome.

-BSD

greenparticle (August 9, 2005)

perhaps the most meaningful comment that could be made about pennywise is that in the comments of the review of their latest release, a number of people seem to be concerned about a band that no longer exists and a college football video game.

just saying is all.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

this is insane. pennywise why? i cant even bring myself to comment thouroughly. but even the review is writen by a fan, and it still gets 3 stars. who is going to buy another mediocre pennywise album? this is embarrassing.
as for the "if it aint broke dont fix it" comment. i dont think that saying is relevent anymore, it was meaningful maybe 3-4 albums ago. but now, ok, let me put it in skating terms...
its like learning a kickfilp, and never bothering with any other tricks. sure the kickflip is pretty cool, no-one will argue that, but if thats all the tricks you want to do. you are a boring, shit skater.

Cos (August 9, 2005)

As one of those kids who hasn't listened to Pennywise since About Time, I need to ask: If everyone who likes Pennywise is OK with them playing the same stuff on every album, then what was so bad about "From the Ashes"?

--Cos

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

THE PIETASTERS ARE ON WHAT???

and this album is surprisingly much better than from the ashes. its pretty solid for pennywise, and they've tweaked their sound a little bit...moreso than the last few albums

paul

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Fox Tv is a great song.

lol @ jones!

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

i can see how a band would be on a video game but not be on mtv

1. they get paid

2. they probably play and like or have liked video games, whereas they have probably always hated mtv

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"dude, pennywise is sick, brah!"

Uh... what?

SenorRefresco (August 9, 2005)

NOFX being on the soundtrack doesn't suprise me that much. They had a song on one of the Tony Hawk games a couple years ago, remember. The context may be a little different, but really....it's not.

greenparticle (August 9, 2005)

regarding ncaa 06, i was really surprised about a NOFX song (jeff wears birkenstocks no less!) on the soundtrack. they won't show a video on mtv, but they will contribute a song to a video game? intruiging.

but i wasn't surprised at the jawbreaker and BR songs on there - i mean, really, they've both been on majors at some point. it was inevitable, what with all the kids liking "punk" nowadays. :-P

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

dude, pennywise is sick, brah!

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Yeah, NCAA 06's use of Jawbreaker is kind of disturbing (although it makes the soundtrack more listenable), but no more disturbing than their inclusion of NOFX, Lagwagon, MTX, Bad Religion and the Pietasters.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

ain't nothing wrong with some Pennywise.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

What's to say that already hasn't been said? This review and debate is pointless... but I do have to say that although Straight Ahead was too long, it did have some amazing songs.

-Not-To-Regret

stevejonestherealbones (August 9, 2005)

i havent listened to pennywise in ages. i dont think i ever got past the s/t and unknown road...i think by the time About Time came out i already thought it was too much of the same.

so i am way cooler than you people who started hatin on albums like straight ahead or whatever for them just playing the same songs over and over...i was doing it years ago. before some of you were even born. if you werent hatin on pennywise when about time came out, then youre just a trend hopper

- jones the bones

- stevejones8770@yahoo.com

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Listening to this now. One of their best, imo.

By the way, if Pennywise "trendy", I've been stuck in this trend for a really long fucking time. lol

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

This is rather simple to break down kiddies.

If you don't like Pennywise, you won't like this album. Click the Back button on your browser.

If you are a fan of Pennywise, I don't see why you would not like this album. By fan I don't mean "Unknown Road" fan. I mean fan in the sense of you listen to all of their music and respect it all.

If you can't understand the above, you're an idiot. Go back to grade school.

CrookedSuperhero (August 9, 2005)

"so when a band changes their sound, everyone bitches like a skirt. but when a band doesn't change their sound....everyone....bitches...wait I'm confused."

I think it's when bands change their songs for the worse.

I don't really mind Pennywise, but i don't think i'll pick this up any time soon. Maybe when it's down to £5 in a year or so.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

so when a band changes their sound, everyone bitches like a skirt. but when a band doesn't change their sound....everyone....bitches...wait I'm confused.

Dante3000 (August 9, 2005)

Sickboi, do you have a Linkin Park tape? I got an offical demo tape from them a few years ago when I bought a CD of E-bay (I didn't listen to it for months figured how shitty is a band that sends out a demo with another CD). But it's an offical tape (as in from the label with a paper sleeve) but its only got two tracks. You got something similar?
-Dante

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

'If you knew how to correlate analogies, maybe your opinion would have some value. As is, I'm afraid not. Let me know when you grow out of your Internet Punk Critic phase and learn that you don't matter.'

I took statistics as well! :o Aren't we smart?

UPDATE: If you can't handle intro statistics you ARE a retard.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

'If you knew how to correlate analogies, maybe your opinion would have some value. As is, I'm afraid not. Let me know when you grow out of your Internet Punk Critic phase and learn that you don't matter.'

I took statistics as well! :o Aren't we smart?

GlassPipeMurder (August 9, 2005)

"That's like saying that a stupid kid in math who fails every test should get 90% just because you like the way he draws the number 5. Jesus christ you kids are dumb... out of the punk police phase and now into the 'i respect everything, yay unity and penis!' phase you are."

If you knew how to correlate analogies, maybe your opinion would have some value. As is, I'm afraid not. Let me know when you grow out of your Internet Punk Critic phase and learn that you don't matter.

ChokingVictim (August 9, 2005)

Worth downloading, but not worth buying.

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

Well, at least Pennywise have stuck to their guns over the year, unlike some bands I've been ripping on today.

(hint - molecule water consists of)

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"wow not much changes in 10 years.....in high school i was pretty much the only person that loved skate punk and pennywise (unknown road, was my soundtrack against all u trendy jerks) and now in 2005 i still love pennywise.......from the ashes rules........one thing to note.....to all who say they outgrew this shit........good go away we don't need ya......find the newest trend and call it home"

You are a retard. This junk IS a trend, a timeless one which kids get into when they turn 13 and it typically ends when they turn 15 or 16. The fact that you are STILL into it and playing it off like you are against the grain is sad. This is why these bands always have 13-15 year old audiences and then the few older jackasses in the back that won't grow up. As for 'white belt' type trends, ever notice how they start with older kids, then the audience gets younger and younger until it dies? It works different. One is a sippy cup, one is pokemon.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"This is a very solid album, and many of the tracks are even a little different from the standard Pennywise sound. Personally, if you like an album, I don't see anything wrong with giving it a good score even if it's not so different from the majority of the artist's works."

That's like saying that a stupid kid in math who fails every test should get 90% just because you like the way he draws the number 5. Jesus christ you kids are dumb... out of the punk police phase and now into the 'i respect everything, yay unity and penis!' phase you are.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

This hasn't been mentioned in the past 2 minutes, but this is simply some of the worst cover art ever concieved. It rivals the boxart for the original Mega Man game. Pennywise need to pack it in already.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"I want to support these guys simply because they're not the "white belt mafia," but I have to acknowledge the fact that they've gone stale after all these years."

But you'll support the godfathers of jock punk? Goddamn you are stupid.

inanechild (August 9, 2005)

I want to support these guys simply because they're not the "white belt mafia," but I have to acknowledge the fact that they've gone stale after all these years.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

DooP a DooP With a ScooP of PooP on a LooP.

GlassPipeMurder (August 9, 2005)

by the way, there's my score.

GlassPipeMurder (August 9, 2005)

This is a very solid album, and many of the tracks are even a little different from the standard Pennywise sound. Personally, if you like an album, I don't see anything wrong with giving it a good score even if it's not so different from the majority of the artist's works.

ElVaquero (August 9, 2005)

I think a fairer review score would be a 5. It's an average record but for fans it will obviously be worth more. Shouldn't the fan have to tack their opinion onto the score rather than the newcomer/objective observer have to subtract for fan bias?

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

He didn't have any more. But a pal of mine has it, I can prolly get him to burn you a copy. Its really good.

CrookedSuperhero (August 9, 2005)

A tape? That's some impressive stuff, i must say.

But speaking of Cd-rs and people called Tim....

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

Crooky-

Nah son. This shit is a TAPE. I'm talking from 96' maybe? And that EBAY shit is a CDR of it. This is an original. I'm gonna some research. This little piece of shit could be my retirement nest egg.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"wow not much changes in 10 years.....in high school i was pretty much the only person that loved skate punk and pennywise (unknown road, was my soundtrack against all u trendy jerks) and now in 2005 i still love pennywise.......from the ashes rules........one thing to note.....to all who say they outgrew this shit........good go away we don't need ya......find the newest trend and call it home"

News Flash to who ever wrote this reply....growing up in the south bay and going to school at mira costa where these guys are from you will soon learn that it is in fact all the trend and the "trendy jerks" and jocks are the guys who buy their albums and goto their shows around here. Get a clue. Your just like everyone else.

CrookedSuperhero (August 9, 2005)

Yo sickboi, if this is it, keep track:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Linkin-Park-Early-Demo-CD-24-Tracks -Xero-Hybrid-Theory_W0QQitemZ7537334838QQcategoryZ33011QQssPageNa meZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

rkl (August 9, 2005)

id rather listen to pennywise, because of the fact that theyve kept their sound the same, rather than bowing to trends. strung out, anyone?

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

So what if they are on the NCAA 06 soundtrack, I'd rather hear that then some shit like Linkin Park....which reminds me...

A few years ago I was in a strip club and these guys come in passing out their demo tapes....no other than Linkin Park (though I think they were called Lincoln Park then). Anyone think its worth anything?

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

at first listen i thought this was their worst by far but after listening for about a month, this disc is far above from the ashes and land of the free and almost as good as striaght ahead but nowhere near the quality of unkown road and about time.
standout tracks: FOX TV
DYING
BEST I CAN
6th AVE. NIGHTMARE
KNOCKED DOWN

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

pennywise isnt trying to get better...which is the sad part.

Anchors (August 9, 2005)

"Went in to the living room, someone was blasting Zeppelin. Sounded good, felt ashamed, I knew every drum fill."

So good.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

wow not much changes in 10 years.....in high school i was pretty much the only person that loved skate punk and pennywise (unknown road, was my soundtrack against all u trendy jerks) and now in 2005 i still love pennywise.......from the ashes rules........one thing to note.....to all who say they outgrew this shit........good go away we don't need ya......find the newest trend and call it home

tylerdurden8136 (August 9, 2005)

By the way: is anyone else disturbed to hear Jawbreaker on the soundtrack to NCAA 06?

how about the pietasters? that was kinda shocking.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

It's Electronic Art's college football game. They used "Bad Scene, Everybody's Fault."

OC

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

By the way: is anyone else disturbed to hear Jawbreaker on the soundtrack to NCAA 06?

What is NCAA 06? And what song did they use?

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

by the way... i'm gay...

- Chinatown

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

If ever there was a band who believe in the mentality of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," it's definitely Pennywise.

But what if it was never really functional in the first place?

-Chinatown

yayforapathy (August 9, 2005)

Am I the only one that didn't hate "From the Ashes". I agree it wasn't their best effort, but in my opinnion it was miles above the simplicity of "Land Of the Free".

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

punknews kids suck

pastepunk (August 9, 2005)

Sickboi - it's definitely a step above From The Ashes. Better songwriting, and the production is not nearly as stale. They really mailed it in on From The Ashes, and the new one much more interesting.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

This has been a major disappointment for me, as bad as "From the Ashes."

By the way: is anyone else disturbed to hear Jawbreaker on the soundtrack to NCAA 06?

OC

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

Aubin-

Is this any different than "From the Ashes"?

I generally like their music, but that album was terrible.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

'full circle' is one of my favorite punk albums of all time and was one of the soundtracks to my sophmore summer in highschool...

therefore i've always had an affinity for these guys...I really liked 'straight ahead' and I thought 'land of the free' was another great album.

then i kinda started losing interest in the band 'passing out of the phase' i guess when i was about 22

i gave them another try w/ 'from the ashes' and was THOROUGHLY disappointed. It was hands down their weakest effort and first PW album I heard that just did nothing for me with the exception of a handful of tracks (yesterdays....uh...like a few of the early ones...)

this is their last shot. I'll give em one more try for old times sake.

paul

aubin (August 9, 2005)

A solid release. Obviously people who think they always sound the same aren't going to be happy because you'll hear what you want to hear, but there is enough solid songwriting and playing with the style to make it interesting.

maverick (August 9, 2005)

""pw are still way fucking better than most bands out there

(see alternative press)"

Ouch! Apparently you didn't see the new issue, where we did a big feature on these dudes.

-Scott

sickboi (August 9, 2005)

"From the Ashes" was god awful. It was the first PW album I didn't buy. This will prolly be the second.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Awesome release, as always.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

I can't wait to pick this one up at lunch. Fuck the haters.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Awesome album, its good to see the guys 'try' and mix things up a little with the sounds on a few of the tracks. Though overall the standard straight ahead skatepunk blasts that Pennywise fans are used to work the best. Though suprisingly for me one of my favourite tracks is probably the slowest P.W song yet, 'Lies'. Overall its most comparable to Straight Ahead though with a darker tone about it.

Anyhow

Stand out tracks would be:

Yell Out
Knocked Down
Lies
Best I Can

Albumwise:

Unknown Road
Full Circle
About Time
Straight Ahead
S/T
The Fuse
Land Of The Free
From the Ashes

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

"Come on kids, theres arent any "GOOD" or "BAD" Albums out there...
...very Subjective.....

U like it, or you dont.... thats it"

You are so stupid it is not even funny.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Its pennywise everyone and i actually think this is some of their better work in some time-oldpunker-

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Come on kids, theres arent any "GOOD" or "BAD" Albums out there...
...very Subjective.....

U like it, or you dont.... thats it

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Im always really bummed by the thrashing pw gets everytime they release a new album. I have always loved the band and enjoyed all their efforts. Granted some of my favorite bands are from the fat/epitaph category. Nofx, lag,pw, strung out, rise against, anti flag. But to me that sound that gets regurgitated throughout these bands albums is not boring its just punk rock. I'm not saying that there is anything extraordinarily different in these albums but hey its punk. Punk to me is that pw sound of beating drums fast fuckin guitars and bottom line the one reason why punk is cool the lyrics. I just think that all the horse shit we hear today that gets labeled as punk rock is a joke. I know what punk is like to a lot of us and honestly it doesnt get more punk than pw or bad religion playin the same four fuckin chords over and over but progressing with amazing lyrics. So hey fuck you..no one ever said these guys were the stones they are what they are..u either like it or u dont...punk is not for everyone

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

this album is gonna rock so fucking hard. i only have to wait less than 3 hours! PW for Life!

Jet (August 9, 2005)

Shouldn't Fletcher be dead by now?

SenorRefresco (August 9, 2005)

I like PW as much as the next guy (which actually isn't saying much here), but has their been one PW album since Full Circle that hasn't had at least....4-5 songs of filler? Everyone goes through thier "Pennywise phase" in highschool, and I think I'm well past mine.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

I like it. It's not their best, it's not their worst. It's just Pennywise. FOX TV is an awesome song.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

this sounds like a pennywise cover album, performed by pennywise

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Suicide Machines got an 8
This one got a 7???????????

Damn... this album is really not good. It's always the same sound over and over again. I don't wish they break up, as some shitty people want, but they could, at least, write a new album after 4 years, instead of 2.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

All I needed to read was "if it's not broke, don't fix it," and now I know not to go buy this album. PW, it's not broken, but it's pretty damn stale now.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

I think it's their worst album
From The Ashes was not good and this one is also not good but still more boring.

the_other_scott (August 9, 2005)

to go along with my last comment (sorry)

pw are still way fucking better than most bands out there

(see fuse, alternative press, absolute punk, girls jeans, white belts, hairdressers with down syndrome etc.)

Dante3000 (August 9, 2005)

I agree with the sticking to a formula comment. I have (and I guess still do) loved Pennywise for a long time and must say they are an awesome live band. However, the slight (and I do mean slight) changes over time are not enough to keep real solid interest. I feel they could have taken the best songs from there last three or four albums and had one album that could possibly beat their mid-90's work. However, most of the tracks lack the urgency and emmotion of that work.
-Dante

the_other_scott (August 9, 2005)

about time came out when i was 12 or 13, i already owned a word from the wise and the self titled (not unknown road yet, which i think is their best) , and i bought it the day it came out

it changed my fucking life

i bought every pw record the day it came out after that, and starting with full circle each album got progressively worse

it saddens me that i probably won't buy this one

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

This score is for The New Lows...FUCK PITCHFORK

Inspection12e (August 9, 2005)

The same record. Remixed and Remastered.

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Why the hell is this band still making albums?

Anonymous (August 9, 2005)

Throw in the towel, you made some great records....stop flogging a dead horse.

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