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Classic Album Review: Pennywise | From The Ashes

Two years after 9/11, the SoCal punk vets finally weigh in with their thoughts.

This came out in 2003 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


They may be tardy, but at least their timing is still good.

Nearly two years to the day after the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, SoCal punk vets Pennywise weigh in with their own post-9/11 statement From The Ashes, complete with song titles like Falling Down, Rise Up and God Save The U.S.A. Fear not, kids — Pennywise haven’t suddenly transformed into a bunch of right-wing, flag-waving jingoists. They still know who the real enemies are: “Government hypocrisy, American idolatry (and) corporate philosophy.” They still know how to beat them: “We gotta rise up, open our eyes up / Take this vision and stop another casualty.” And they still deliver their message to the mosh pit with short sharp shots, powered by punchy double-speed punk-polka beats, Fletcher Dragge’s fiery, chugging guitar riffery and Jim Lindberg’s harmonized, anthemic choruses. Sure, this would have had more visceral impact a year ago, but hey, better late than never.