While the proper skate punk enthusiasts will look on the recruitment of Téglás with disapproval with claims that with no Lindberg, there is no Pennywise, fans of rousing hook-filled punk rock that carries a much greater sense of genuineness without time for goofing around will look on the band's decision to go on and release an album with gripping thought-provoking songs with powerful melodies and sing-along choruses filled with enough "Woah" chants to keep an entire Warped Tour crowd yelling along will revel in this album. In a world where Rise Against have become some of the biggest names in punk music for their ability to captivate audience with melodic power and songs with a fist pumping sense of anger and concern attached, Pennywise have once more hit the formula right on the head. Wither it's in rush of uplifting fiery punk melodies that make up Waste Another Day and X Generation or the genuinely beautifully rousing and uniting Let Us Hear Your Voice, the band effortlessly deliver their messages of socio-political distress and their message to unite together to make a change with scorching energy and passion.
And with Pennywise's vision as focused and the band's performance sounding as strong as ever, All or Nothing presents itself as a punk album of great relevance and gripping intensity. And the fact that the lead singer has changed makes little difference. Even if many long time fans will be devastated over the loss of Lindberg, Téglás' recruitment as frontman is one of new power and passion. And with that, Pennywise move on with a new positivity. With a set of songs that mean much more to listeners than songs that would sound cool when you achieve a Double Takedown. I really should have gotten into this band straight away as a child.
Pennywise's All or Nothing is out on Tuesday via Epitaph. The band will tour the UK in July with The Flatliners.