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At the forefront of the ’90s punk revival, L.A.’s Pennywise soldered skate-punk with metal, using old school hardcore as its center. The result was propulsive, buoyant pop/punk with the sharp-edged delivery system of bashing guitars and early Clash confrontational/political sing-along hooks.
Though their highest charting album From the Ashes (2003) never even cracked the Top 50, Pennywise nevertheless religiously releases an album every two years (their pattern since 1991), and steadfastly refuse to sell out, which has made them heavily revered punk rock figureheads.
Randy Bradbury played bass for early punk pioneers The Falling Idols and One Hit Wonders before joining Pennywise in 1996 after original bassist Jason Thirsk committed suicide. Bradbury’s hair-trigger fretwork was introduced with the emotionally charged Full Circle (1979) and the pathos anthem “Bro Hymn Tribute,” dedicated lyrically and spiritually to Thirsk.