On January 19th, SoCal punk legends Pennywise returned to Sacramento to play Ace of Spades for a sold out show. The bill featured seasoned favorites The Adolescents and Guttermouth beside Sac local Slaughterhouse, who opened the night. As fans lined the block, you could feel the anticipation from young and old fans alike. This was truly an all-ages event. In the past 26 years, Pennywise has been rigorously touring the United States and beyond. By embracing their unique sound of melodic hardcore and skate punk, paired with their politically-motivated lyrics, Pennywise has built quite the dedicated fan base. Their fans’ dedication to the band is proven time and time again in their ability to sell out venues around the world.
Sounds of fans chanting “Pennywise” echoed until each member entered one-by-one up and onto the stage.
Pennywise opened the night with “Every Single Day”, before playing a full set to include 19 songs. The band knew what the fans wanted. Pennywise even brought up a young boy and his father after they played their official cover of Black Flags’ “Gimme Gimme Gimme”, where the crowd-surfing got so intense, the boy was hit in the head with a pair of Doc Martins — a classic introduction to the punk experience.
Pennywise recently released their thirteenth full-length studio album, titled Never Gonna Die, and has a rigorous summer tour schedule planned with stops in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Canada and Europe. So far, their only American tour dates listed for the summer are at California’s Punk in the Park on April 25th and a stop at the famous Sonic Temple rock fest in Columbus, Ohio on May 16th.
Photography by Alexia Johnson