Pennywise Names New Frontman

South Bay punk band Pennywise announces their new and permanent lead singer. Read on…

After the sudden departure of former singer Jim Lindberg, a member of Pennywise for 19 years, guitarist Fletcher Dragge called Zoli Teglas, of Orange County’s Ignite, a “natural choice” to take over vocal duties for the band.

Teglas, a longtime friend and tour mate, recently played a handful of So Cal shows with Pennywise, including the 2009 Smokeout Festival and a sold out Holiday Benefit concert for Amnesty International at Long Beach Arena.

The band’s upcoming European tour kicks off this April and will be preceded by a few West Coast dates that start March 17 in San Diego, Calif. Pennywise is currently at work on a new record, its first featuring the new lineup.

Pennywise is a 20-year-old band that emerged from Southern California ’s second wave of punk rock. They have released nine full-length studio albums, one live album, two extended plays and one DVD. Their most recent studio effort, Reason to Believe, was released to over 500,000 fans for free through a limited offering from MySpace Records. The critically acclaimed album was also sold physically and digitally the world over.

  • Motto: Follow your dreams and pursue them. They say, “Don’t waste time because if you’re wasting time on something you’re not into, then you’re not living. We’re going to go out there and have fun doing what we love until it stops being fun.”
  • Their style: a tsunami of California hardcore, melodic surf punk and optimistic anthems that went against the seek-and-destroy ethos of its era.
  • Recommendations: “Something to Live For”  and “The Western World” from their 2008 album, Reason to Believe. “Bro Hymn” on Pennywise is pretty good as long as you don’t get tired of the “Oooo”-ing throughout much of the song.