Event Cancelled: Pennywise has cancelled their entire October tour.


MXPX, Unwritten Law

Fri, October 26, 2012

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 6:30 pm (event ends at 10:30 pm)

The Cuban Club

Tampa, FL

$16.50 - $20.00


This event is all ages

Pennywise formed in 1988 in the south bay of Los Angeles in the same small coastal community of Hermosa Beach that produced three of the most infamous hardcore punk bands of all time, Black Flag, the Circle Jerks and the Descendents.
The four band members, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, original bass player Jason Thirsk, drummer Byron McMackin and vocalist Jim Lindberg, began playing local backyard keg parties to increasing crowds, and with the help of friend Marc Theodore of Theologian Records, recorded a five song E.P. A Word from the Wise.
The band gave Epitaph Records a ghetto blaster recording of some new songs and he signed them to their first record deal. The result was their heralded, eponymous 1991 self-titled debut which immediately struck a chord with hardcore fans and action sports enthusiasts alike. In defiance of grunge, the disc helped to define the then-emerging West Coast punk movement. Astoundingly, 1993's Unknown Road sold a few hundred thousand copies and rather typically at the height of the punk resurgence of 1994 the major labels came calling. But the four-piece elected to stay put and released another Epitaph smash with 1995s About Time.
When the tragic death of Thirsk the next year put the future of the collective in serious doubt, they rallied and regrouped with new bassist Randy Bradbury for Full Circle.
The popularity of Pennywise continued to swell as the 20th Century ended, first with the success of 1999's Straight Ahead, followed by the riotous 2000 concert disc Live at the Key Club and the groups highly praised 2001 disc Land of the Free?
After taking a year off for introspection, the group reemerged stronger than ever in 2003 as evidenced by the glowing accolades From The Ashes received.
In early 2005, as Epitaph reissued remastered, content enhanced versions of the groups first four albums, the band reconvened to craft what would ultimately become The Fuse.
After performing the more shows worldwide than they've played in recent years to support The Fuse, the band again headlined the Vans Warped Tour in 2007, an entity they and a handful of other influential artists help turn into the longest running and one of the most successful American Music Festivals.
In March 2008, Pennywise released Reason to Believe on MySpace Records in the United States and Epitaph in the UK.
Since MxPx's inception in 1992 in the blue-collar naval town of Bremerton, Washington, the trio—vocalist/bassist Mike Herrera, guitarist Tom Wisniewski and drummer Yuri Ruley—have been mainstays in both the pop-punk and punk-rock scenes thanks to a prolific back catalog and road-warrior mentality.

That youthful exuberance and appetite for success can be found all over Pokinatcha, the band's 1994 Tooth & Nail Records debut release. Bursting with speedy, pit-ready anthems, the disc's 21 tracks showcased a band with some serious punk-rock chops that still had a knack for melody. True to the band's punk-rock roots and hard-charged work ethic, their follow-up album hit stores a mere 10 months later. Teenage Politics was the first to feature Wisniewski, who stepped in on guitar after Husted was asked to leave the band in 1994.

Shortly after the Teenage Politics sessions wrapped, the band returned to Seattle to record the aptly named On The Cover, marking MxPx's first EP. The eight-song disc featured MxPx putting their trademark punk-rock spin on classics.

With the success of singles "Move To Bremerton" and "Chick Magnet," their third T&N release, the seminal Life In General, is still today hailed by many as their definitive work. In 1997, the band signed to A&M Records and released Slowly Going The Way Of The Buffalo, in 1998, which went gold.

The band took a decidedly different turn for 2000's The Ever Passing Moment, choosing to favor 1970s powerpop a la Elvis Costello instead of the double-time SoCal punk they grew up on, featuring lush harmonies, slower tempos and even a cameo from Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl ("The Next Big Thing"). The album's first single, "Responsibility," gave the band another hit, peaking at No. 24 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, and The Offspring hand-selected MxPx to open their fall 2000 tour.

The band's emerging pop tendencies were fully realized on 2003's Before Everything & After, their third effort for A&M. Featuring guest appearances from members of New Found Glory, Good Charlotte and The Ataris, Before Everything & After was stacked with potential radio-ready singles. The biggest feather in the band's cap came when Diet Pepsi selected the track "Well Adjusted" for an ad that debuted during Super Bowl XXXVII.

MxPx left A&M in 2005, and soon thereafter reemerged on Southern California indie label SideOneDummy. The label issued Panic, the band's seventh album, in 2005, and MxPx once again spent the summer on Vans Warped Tour with the likes of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance and Relient K.

The group's time on SideOneDummy was brief, and MxPx returned to Tooth & Nail Records, their original home, for 2007's Secret Weapon, the band's first studio album for Tooth & Nail in a decade.

The band also appeased fans in 2009 with a second installment of the popular On The Cover series—a collection of cover songs from artists like Descendents, U2 and The Go-Gos—as well as a special Christmas-themed collection, Punk Rawk Christmas, the same year.

When it came time to release new original music in 2009, the legendary punk-rock act took matters into their own hands. The band retreated to Herrera's Bremerton studio, Monkey Trench, and the result, the Left Coast Punk EP, was classic MxPx. Marrying Herrera's knack for strong melodies with the punk bite the band are known for, the album—which was released on the band's Rock City Recordings label—was a short, snappy reminder that growing up doesn't necessarily mean mellowing out.

In late 2010, nearing two decades of playing together, drummer Yuri Ruley questioned being in the band and performed what he thought would be his last performance as a full-time member of MxPx at Wasted Space in The Hard Rock Cafe, Las Vegas. At the same time, guitarist Tom Wisniewski turned in his part-time status as well, taking on a full-time job in Bremerton. Vegas provided more than a chance to reminisce about the past through their first full Life In General live set. The sold-out show helped rekindle the spark of creativity, reaffirming that Ruley and Wisniewski would continue with the band but would drastically scale back on touring.

In December 2011, MxPx released a music documentary, Both Ends Burning, which was directed by longtime fan and friend, Bryan Buchelt of Snaproll Studios. The film features footage from the band's 2008 world tour all the way to the band's sold-out Seattle show in March 2011. Ruley and Wisniewski have since remained members of the band and with Herrera, MxPx released their ninth full-length album, Plans Within Plans on April 3, 2012 within the U.S. and Canada through MRI/Rock City Recording Company.

In an industry with constant turnover flooded by flavors of the week and gimmicky artists looking to make a quick buck, it's the ultimate accomplishment that MxPx have survived nearly two decades and still remain one of the pop-punk world's most well-respected names.
Unwritten Law
Unwritten Law
Formed in San Diego in the early '90s, UL was a major part of the pop-punk movement that swept the decade. As the band developed, UL started writing bigger songs that retained the punk energy but featured more of a rock sound. Over the past few years, Russo doubled his efforts as a songsmith, and UL grew into what could be described as singer-songwriter punk rock, which is why UL is one of the few punk bands that could pull off an acoustic set.

In their efforts to push their creativity and songwriting strengths, the band recorded for a number of different labels, including three of the four major label groups and a few indies.
Venue Information:
The Cuban Club
2010 Avenida Republica de Cuba
Tampa, FL, 33605