When Pennywise vocalist Jim Lindberg left the band last year after 20 years, nine studio albums, almost four million records sold, 2 Gold albums in Australia and countless sold-out tour dates, many people in the music world assumed that would be the last theyd hear from Lindberg for a while. They were wrong. Almost immediately after leaving the band, Lindberg recruited drummer Alan Vega (no, not the Suicide member ) and longtime friend, L.A. musician Davey Latter on bass, and began to flush out a batch of songs that see Lindberg moving in a more sonically varied direction, without abandoning any of the energy and aggression of his previous act. The band then teamed up with Far guitarist and producer Shaun Lopez (Deftones, Giant Drag) and headed into his Airport Studios to begin working on their debut. While many punk veterans eventually turn to acoustic music or less aggressive versions of what theyve done in the past, The Black Pacific is teeming with more fury than ever. Everyone was expecting that Id slow down or go acoustic, but the thing most people dont realize is that I wrote a lot of the music for Pennywise, Lindberg explains. Listening to The Black Pacific undoubtedly confirms Lindbergs statement as the album showcases the full range of his writing style, from aggressive anthems like Living With Ghosts and The System to the heavy, pop-leaning punk sound of Kill Your Idols and the dynamic range of a track like No Purpose.