Much like Taylor Swift did with 2014’s 1989, Pennywise have named their latest release for their birth year, and hitting play transports the listener back to a time before technology meant every two-bit garage band could record and release their own music at next to no cost. The recordings present here very much sound like those of a band with little-to-no financial backing, stumping up what they can to make their dreams come true. A Word From The Wise’s tracks are a little harsh and trebly, while those from Wildcard are a little muddied, and those taken from Soul Arch increase the production values a touch. Beyond the sense of old-school nostalgia these low production values provide, they do force the listener’s attention to the musicianship and song-writing on display.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 5th May 2016. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.