American punk rock band, Pennywise released their debut, self titled album on October 22, 1991. There was not a single for this album, nor did it reach any charts, but none the less it set Pennywise up on a very long road to where they are today!
This album proved to me that Pennywise stuck true to the sound we all have grown to love, and have simply just improved on it. Though I oddly hear more Green Day in this album than I've heard in any other work. I can't explain it, it just has a similar vibe really. Maybe it something about the vocal style, maybe its the instrumentals -I don't know but it sounds like Green Day, but a sped up version of Green Day.
While it sounds good, I will say that the instrumentals weren't quite right. Given, it was the early 90's and punk rock has always been a bit unique, but it sort of sounds like all the instrumentals got smashed together. It took them a few albums to find the happy balance between the instrumentals and vocals. In later works, the instrumentals sounded great, but then the vocals were a bit drowned out. In this, you can hear the vocals perfectly, but here and there the instrumentals just sound like everyone was trying to play as loud as they can, thus canceling out each other entirely.
That being said, its not all bad! The meanings do still come out, when when you do hear glimpses here and there of the instrumentals being spaced out, it sounds wonderful! Its true classic, punk rock that would make anyone want to head bang with long hair and a flannel on.
A track in particular I wanted to highlight was, "The Secret." Its all about searching for answers in life, but never quite getting them. You still believe there' something out there, but you don't know what the answers are just yet. Some of the lyrics are rather humorous, actually. At one point the song asks, "Do I evolve into a adult organism?" Like he was some sort of Pokemon or something before Pokemon existed.
Its all part of growing up -all of the wondering and the uncertainty. You know you're missing out on something, but nobody quite tells you what it is. They just go, "You'll understand when you're older." Then you do grow up and understand and keep writing punk rock songs to get out the angst of every day.
Over all, while its not an amazing album, it was a great start to Pennywise's career, which is still going very actively today! They have released ten more albums, and there are reviews for 9 out of the ten reviews already here on Immortal Music! Only one remains, which will be up in the next couple of days, so stay tuned!
Also on the way are a bunch of festival performances coming up for Pennywise! Those festivals include Fort Rock,Welcome To Rockville, Carolina Rebellion and Rock On The Range!
Reviews: Unknown Road, About Time, Full Circle,Straight Ahead, Land Of The Free?,, The Fuse, Reason To Believe, All Or Nothing, and Yesterdays!
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