"For me it's a great honor to release these early recordings. These tracks were the band's first recordings in a professional studio. I remember the day we got the test pressing and went to my print shop and put it on my record player. The hair on my arms stood up as I heard the songs come alive on wax. It was surreal. We then printed the covers, took apart another EP cover to use as a template and we all started cutting, folding and gluing our share. From the forming of Pennywise, to building carpet cave practice spots, to going to numerous backyard parties and shows, printing flyers and tees to think that this band might actually go somewhere was not only very special to myself and the band, but to all of us in the South Bay.
"The "A Word From The Wise" EP was the release that caught the attention of Brett Gurewitz which led to the band's signing to his now Iconic punk label Epitaph Records. I've been lucky enough to have seen much of the world with these guys and have met a ton of great people and have endless stories because of this band. My involvement with them fueled the starting of my Management Company and Record Label. People like Mark and Brett who had the vision and the balls to take chances on young bands has been a great influence and inspiration to me. I can't wait to get this LP out!" - Ken Seaton / Hardline Entertainment
"I've always felt the record was great but at the time I thought "A Word From The Wise" would be the only record I'd ever release. For me, it opened the door to so much more. It was the genesis of Theologian Records leading to numerous releases from local to international bands, to co-owning a recording studio with Fletcher, Byron and Justin (98 Mute), as well as a couple more Pennywise releases! Has it really been over a quarter of a century since that first record? I'm stoked the band is going just as strong as ever and can't thank Pennywise enough for sticking with me all these years. It's a pleasure to be releasing these early Pennywise recordings on one vinyl LP with Ken from Hardline Entertainment who has been there from the start." - Marc Theodore/ Theologian Records