For more than 30 years, Jim Lindbergh has singled out the attitude-driven in-your-face skate punk jam. The Pennywise frontman has helped cement a place for the band as legends of the genre, questioning authority and testosterone-filled tunes such as “Brow Hymn”.
Fully earned and undeniable with his punk credits, the 56-year-old Manhattan Beach resident traveled to the Coachella Valley desert, largely inspired by his father’s memory, and returned with his first solo acoustic album, which included The fans were shown their softer, less electric side.
“I’ve been putting out loud crazy distorted punk music for 30 years now and I definitely wanted the challenge of doing something that wasn’t too bang-on, but still maintains the energy of the anthemic style of music I’ve been for. I’ve been writing for so long,” said Lindbergh, who digitally released “Songs from Elkhorn Trail” in mid-November.
The 12-track album includes upbeat and upbeat songs driven by acoustic guitar, but with bass, drums, and even some strings and horns mixed in.
“It was so fun and so liberating being a songwriter and being able to add all that stuff in there. I think when people first hear it they’ll be like, ‘This sounds nothing like Pennywise,’ but Plus I think the heart is still there,” Lindbergh said.
But Lindbergh, who grew up in Hermosa Beach, called on some of his older musical brothers for help.
The album, which features David Hidalgo Jr. of Social Distortion on drums, Joe Gittleman of The Mighty Mighty Bostons on bass, and Mark Orrell, formerly of Dropkick Murphy on guitar, will be released on CD and vinyl on May 6.
And while this is Lindbergh’s first acoustic solo album, unplugging is nothing new for longtime punk rockers, or others in the genre.
Several punk music stalwarts recently showed off their acoustic sides in the second installment of Redondo Beach’s Beachlife Festival, performing on the small speakeasy stage, which was curated by Lindbergh and set under a wooden structure that The front looked like a large surf shack with cushioned patio furniture. Of the platform
This is where several acts including Trevor Keith from Face to Face and Authority Zero’s Jason DeVore, both of whom regularly play acoustic shows, perform in front of packed crowds who often break out of the structure.
“Speakeasy was amazing, I don’t think it could have been better,” Lindbergh said.
Lindbergh also performed on stage, debuting the songs for his new album, which attracted the largest crowd in front of the stage that weekend, with Lindbergh contemplating some changes for Beachlife the following year.
“I think we’ll have to expand a little bit next year because there’s been a little crowd for a while, but I couldn’t be happier because everyone was having a good time,” he said. “We’re looking at it now and we’re planning a site map for next year,” he said.
Lindbergh will continue to ride this acoustic wave as he supports the new album, which was partly written at his late father’s home in Palm Desert.
“I am very grateful for everything my father gave me and supported my career,” Lindbergh said. Her father, who died in 2018, helped infuse her love of music from an early age, introducing her to singer/songwriters. Harry Chapin and Roger Miller.
“Home was a really peaceful quiet place for me to go away and write songs,” he said. “His influence is on this record.”
The album opens with “The Palm of Your Hand”, an upbeat tune with an emotional message and a video filmed in front of the decades-old Manhattan Beach dive bar Ercol.
Lindbergh said of the song, “The whole idea in the chorus was that you should let your feelings show and let go of your ego.”
And in true punk fashion, Lindbergh showed up for the video wearing a Black Flag shirt, fedora, and shades as he and a friend filmed him playing guitar and singing in front of the bar.
“We just went downstairs and set up our guitar like I was a busker in the street and we recorded it really quickly and luckily no one stopped me,” he said.
Some people even put money in his guitar case.
Another defining song from the album that takes your in-your-face punk attitude and turns it into your heartfelt emotional tune is “Don’t Let Me Down”, a song about the death of his father and his battle with Alzheimer’s disease. .
“I think it’s really representative of the album because I wrote it in one sitting from top to bottom and it’s so honest. As honest as this song is, it’s about the real facts that matter to me. Walked in life and going through the process of misery and how to get over it,” he said.
“It’s really the keystone song in the album,” Lindbergh said.
And as far as Pennywise’s future goes, fans needn’t worry because Lindbergh is punk enough to pull off both styles of music at the same time.
“There’s definitely room for both,” he said. “At the same time this acoustic album is a great creative outlet for me, so I definitely want to do more,” he said.