Most known for his role as songwriter and lead singer of punk rock band Pennywise, Jim Lindberg has been making inspiring, thought-provoking music since the 1990’s. Musically, he is influenced by an array of genres from punk and folk music to old school country and americana. Lyrically, Jim takes inspiration anywhere from transcendental philosophers to real life events; seeking always to tell a story or find the answers to life’s big questions. Today, Lindberg shares the first glimpse of his solo project with the track “The Palm of Your Hand” produced by Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero, Flogging Molly). The track features David Hidalgo Jr. (Social Distortion) on drums, Joe Gittleman (The Mighty, Mighty BossTones, Avoid One Thing) on bass, and Marc Orrell (The Dropkick Murphy’s, The Walker Roaders) on guitar. Check it out here and the new lyric video HERE:

 

Lindberg began writing “The Palm of Your Hand” over fifteen years ago, coming up with the chorus at the time but the song remained predominately unfinished until 2020 when he entered the studio to work on his forthcoming solo record. “I wanted to create two fictional characters who are struggling with shame, guilt and self-delusion to match the chorus lyric and so that’s how ‘Left-Handed Sal’ and ‘Walleyed Sally’ were created,” notes Lindberg. “It’s a song about two people who for one reason or another can’t seem to get out of their own way and end up inflicting all kinds of damage on the people around them. The only way they’ll get out from under all their problems is to ‘Let that ego drop’ and let their feelings show. The answer is right there in front of them, in ‘the palm of your hand’”

 

 

Get Unsung Heroes Here

In fact quite a lot of their friends….. including members of Die Toten Hosen, Donots, Flogging Molly, Hepcat, Mad Caddies, The Toy Dolls, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Talco, The Infadels and the UK queen of Ska Rhoda Dakar.

Buster Shuffle are releasing a double AA side 7 Inch single titled ‘Unsung Heroes’ which consists of two songs inspired by two real heroes that the band wanted to write about whilst on lock down.

Inspired by the unprecedented times we find ourselves in and the people who are putting themselves at risk daily for the greater good- from doctors and nurses to delivery drivers, lead singer Jet Baker said ‘Whilst on lock down at home, I kept thinking there must be something we can do. Both my sisters work for the NHS on the front line so I needed to do something other than just sit at home and do nothing’.

All profits from vinyl/MP3 sales will be going to the World Health Organisation.

“If we sell 300 then great, if we sell 1000 then even better as its more money for The World Health Organisation” says Jet. “It’s really down to the Ska Punk community on how much money we will raise. It’s a good community so I’m hoping for a positive response”.

The thought provoking and powerful songs are about two brave people who, in their time, faced extreme danger and huge challenges to make changes in the world for others:

Ruby Bridges – At six years old she became the first African American student to integrate into an elementary school in the South USA. Ruby and her mother were escorted by four federal marshals to the school every day that year. She walked past crowds screaming vicious slurs at her. Undeterred, she didn’t miss a single day of school despite all the abuse and physical threats she received.

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Iqbal Masih was sold into slavery by his parents at 4 years old to the owner of a carpet factory. After many years of forced labour he eventually escaped He then decided to help over 3,000 Pakistani children that were in ‘bonded labour’ to escape to freedom and made speeches about child slavery throughout the world. He was regularly threatened for speaking out but continued to give speeches regardless of the danger to himself. After receiving many awards for heroism Iqbal was murdered at just 12 years old.

This is a truly unique and inspiring single, recorded in total isolation with figureheads of the ska punk music scene spanning the globe making their contribution, all whilst on lock down in their homes and with all sales profits going to charity.

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