Pennywise and Theologian Records are teaming up with South Bay indie label Hardline Entertainment to reissue the bands early recordings on a single LP titled “Nineteen Eighty Eight”.
The “Nineteen Eighty Eight” LP will include both the “A Word From The Wise” and “Wildcard” EPs as well as tracks from the “Soul Arch” compilation featuring covers of Black Flag’s “Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie” and Ben E. Kings “Stand By Me”, which have always been crowd favorites at the band’s shows. The LP will be available in red, blue and green opaque as well as a very limited edition 180 gram black and white swirl that will be numbered and signed by the band.
Pre Sales are available now at the Hardline Store.
Stream “No Way Out” and “Gone”.
Pennywise “Nineteen Eighty Eight” is set to release worldwide May, 20th 2016.
1) Final Chapters
4) No Way Out
6) Wild Card
8) Stand By Me (Ben E King)
10) Don't Feel Nothing
11) Gimmie Gimmie Gimmie (Black Flag)
“For me it’s a great honor to release these early recordings. These tracks were the band’s first recordings in a professional studio. I remember the day we got the test pressing and went to my print shop and put it on my record player. The hair on my arms stood up as I heard the songs come alive on wax. It was surreal. We then printed the covers, took apart another EP cover to use as a template and we all started cutting, folding and gluing our share. From the forming of Pennywise, to building carpet cave practice spots, to going to numerous backyard parties and shows, printing flyers and tees to think that this band might actually go somewhere was not only very special to myself and the band, but to all of us in the South Bay. The “ A Word From The Wise” EP was the release that caught the attention of Brett Gurewitz which led to the band’s signing to his now Iconic punk label Epitaph Records. I’ve been lucky enough to have seen much of the world with these guys and have met a ton of great people and have endless stories because of this band. My involvement with them fueled the starting of my Management Company and Record Label. People like Mark and Brett who had the vision and the balls to take chances on young bands has been a great influence and inspiration to me. I can’t wait to get this LP out!”
KEN SEATON-HARDLINE ENTERTAINMENT
“I've always felt the record was great but at the time I thought “A Word From The Wise” would be the only record I’d ever release. For me, it opened the door to so much more. It was the genesis of Theologian Records leading to numerous releases from local to international bands, to co-owning a recording studio with Fletcher, Byron and Justin (98 Mute), as well as a couple more Pennywise releases! Has it really been over a quarter of a century since that first record? I’m stoked the band is going just as strong as ever and can’t thank Pennywise enough for sticking with me all these years. It’s a pleasure to be releasing these early Pennywise recordings on one vinyl LP with Ken from Hardline Entertainment who has been there from the start.”
MARC THEODORE-THEOLOGIAN RECORDS
“To my brother, Jason, these first real Pennywise recordings were the nucleus and beginning of a brand new era in his life. When these two EPs were being glued together by all of us in our kitchens, he felt such an accomplishment and felt like Pennywise could actually break out of the South bay and do some good in the world. This was the first time he was ever in an actual recording studio and it gave him such joy and also some pride. For him (and for me) to be able to see his words that he wrote in his room become actual songs and then those songs being actually recorded and put on vinyl was just unreal. He dreamed of that since the first time he heard Black Flag, Youth Brigade, Blitz, etc…when he was a kid and now it was actually happening thanks to Marc Theodore. I personally remember helping to glue all of those EPs sleeves together and it was just unreal and so cool to be a part of.”
JUSTIN THIRSK-98 MUTE/CHAOS DELIVERY MACHINE