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Live @ The Key Club

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Formed in the South Bay of Los Angeles—a neighborhood with a rich punk-rock history—Pennywise began in 1988. The band went on to amass an international following with their relentless touring and a melodic, high-energy sound fusing classic punk, surf punk, and blistering hardcore. Through the years, Pennywise have solidified their place in punk history with iconic songs like “Fuck Authority,” “Alien,” and “Bro Hymn” (their timeless ode to brotherhood and departed friends).

Pennywise have released 11 albums over the last three decades, including: Pennywise (1991), Unknown Road (1993), About Time (1995), Full Circle (1997), Straight Ahead(1999), Land of the Free? (2001), From the Ashes (2003), The Fuse (2005), Reason to Believe (2008), All or Nothing (2012), and Yesterdays (2014). Resolutely working outside the margins of the mainstream, the band has emerged as an enduringly vibrant staple on SoCal radio airwaves and the worldwide festival circuit.


Live @ The Key Club is a live album by California punk rock band Pennywise, released in 2000.It was recorded at The Key Club, on May 11, 2000.


  1. Unknown Road (Intro)
  2. Wouldn’t It Be Nice
  3. Living For Today
  4. Final Chapters
  5. Can’t Believe It
  6. Unknown Road
  7. Homesick
  8. No Reason Why
  9. Fight Till You Die
  10. Peaceful Day
  11. Society
  12. Straight Ahead
  13. Pennywise
  14. Perfect People
  15. Minor Threat
  16. Same Old Story
  17. Alien
  18. Bro Hymn

Label: Epitaph Records

Format: Cd jewel box

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Live @ The Key Club

  1. From Sputnik Music: Ah, Pennywise. My first ‘favourite band’, as you can probably tell. When I was 15, they were the shit. Unknown Road was probably the first album I ever paid money for, but I can’t be sure. They had just released Full Circle when I really started liking them, and that beast of a Punk Rock album was followed up with the equally forceful Straight Ahead in 1999. For mine, the band was peaking. Perfect time to release a live album then. Renowned for their frantic live shows, Pennywise had to release one hell of a live album to satisfy the fans who’d been blessed enough to see them perform once or twice. And they did. Live @ The Key Club encapsulates all the energy and drive synonymous with a Pennywise live show.

    I find this to be one of the ‘purest’ live albums I’ve heard. Not because of the fact that the set-list is typical 2000-era Pennywise, and not because it is as powerful and passionate as you’d expect from Pennywise live, but because it is actually a live show. The band played at the Key Club in West Hollywood in May 2000 for 51 minutes, and here are those 51 minutes on a CD. No chopping and changing between four nights recorded at the same place and going with the best recordings of each song. This is how it was – classic Pennywise: no bullshit. Fifty minutes of forceful, cacophonous Punk Rock from four blokes at the top of their games. This album rounded off a stellar three years for the band, with the release of most of their strongest work, and a palpable sense of reformation after the tragedy of former-bassist Jason Thirsk’s suicide in 1996.

    Sometimes the songs are rushed, sometimes they are a tad sloppy, sometimes they are spot on, but they all share one thing in common: the passion and energy that has embodied the band since day one outshines everything else. No Reason Why, far from the most outstanding song of the band’s back catalogue, and a performance here far from the band’s finest, still manages to impart all the character of its original. Each time we hear “This song was written by Jason Matthew Thirsk” (which is a few times) you sense that this album was in some way a final tribute to their former mate, who without Pennywise would not exist. This is seen nowhere more prominently than on the legendary rendition of Pennywise anthem numero uno Bro Hymn. The iconic Pennywise song, with its wordless chorus and ever-present riff, is the benchmark for all of their shows. They (the band and the crowd) smashed this version with five-and-a-half hectic minutes full of sentiment (Justin Thirsk’s appearance on the tubs and his screaming of the encore of the first verse). Jim’s words leading in to the legendary bass intro illustrate just how close the band came to splitting in 1996, and how important the loyal fan-base has been to the band.

    It’s fair to say that the back half of the album is chocked full with most of the gold. Kicking off at track 11 with the brash, relentless Society, we are treated to 25 minutes of unwavering power and what is generally described as a wall of noise. The cover of Minor Threat’s eponymous song is a fitting tribute to the band’s ’70s and ’80s influences, while the raucous rendition of Pennywise is wild and loose and brilliantly crazy. The About Time singles Perfect People and Same Old Story round out the last of the older material before we head to the big finish with a stirring rendition of Alien and, of course, Bro Hymn. But while it’s true that the second half is the stronger and more consistent, the forceful performances of Homesick and Fight Till You Die are undoubted highlights. Special mention also needs to go to the rejuvenated version of one of the band’s oldest songs, 1988’s Final Chapters. This version shits all over the original.

    Apart from the emotion and intensity of a Pennywise show captured on this record, the cross-section of the band’s work is another definite highlight. There is the same amount of songs from 1991’s self-titled album as there is from 1999’s Straight Ahead, released little more than a year earlier than this album. Perhaps the only complaint could be the lack of Broken or Victim Of Reality, but nonetheless most Pennywise fans will be more than happy with this line-up. And it’s fitting that the band got that right. They seemed to get everything right for a few years there leading up to the release of this live record. This stellar live album was the perfect cap to a brilliant period in the life of one of the mainstays of the So-Cal Punk scene of the last 20 years. Essential listening and owning for any self-respecting Pennywise fan. This is how you do a live album.

  2. From Rockol: Chi non conosce i Pennywise si può facilmente fare un’idea ascoltando la breve introduzione parlata alla traccia numero quindici, dove vengono elencati i nomi-cardine dell’educazione musicale (e sentimentale, si potrebbe aggiungere) dei quattro: Black Flag, Circle Jerks, Descendents, TSOL, Bad Religion e Minor Threat, tenuti in fondo per annunciare la cover del brano omonimo, ormai un classico del punk americano.

    Questo “Live at the Key club” – e anche la storia dei Pennywise, a ben vedere – sta tutto dentro in quel breve elenco di eroi di cui la band americana ha cercato di diffondere la lezione. Missione riuscita, dato che sono diventati uno dei gruppi più importanti in casa Epitaph, anche senza riuscire a sfondare il muro del mercato mainstream. D’altra parte la scelta di restare sulla indie guidata da Brett Gurewitz, nonostante l’interessamento delle major dopo il boom di Green Day e Offspring, indica che diventare superstar nel mondo dello spettacolo non era probabilmente nei loro obbiettivi. E infatti, pur non sfuggendo alla autocelebrazione con un album dal vivo, i Pennywise scelgono la registrazione di un concerto in un piccolo club californiano. In linea con lo stile che si sono scelti, anche se una raccolta di registrazioni fatte durante esibizioni di maggior peso sarebbe stata forse una mossa di profilo commerciale più alto. Quello che conta comunque è che la band fila come un treno e dall’attacco di “Wouldn’t it be nice” fino alla conclusiva “Bro hymn” dà un saggio di quello che ormai si considera il suono tipico della Epitaph: velocità e potenza, senza perdere di vista la necessità di scrivere canzoni che abbiano una struttura e qualche gancio melodico. Una formula ormai largamente sfruttata, che i Pennywise hanno contribuito non poco a codificare. E che non hanno nessuna intenzione di mollare, anche se difficilmente offrirà in futuro sbocchi creativi inediti. Il loro ruolo adesso sembra essere quello di tenere vivo quel suono, cosa che riescono a fare meglio dei molti epigoni più giovani. Passato il momento della furia giovanile, resta da vedere se riusciranno a invecchiare in modo dignitoso. O, per dirla con le parole di Greg Graffin dei Bad Religion, se sia possibile restare punk per tutta la vita. .

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