Jason Thirsk

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Jason Thirsk
Thirsk on stage with Pennywise in the mid-1990s
Thirsk on stage with Pennywise in the mid-1990s
Background information
Birth nameJason Matthew Thirsk
Born(1967-12-25)December 25, 1967
OriginHermosa Beach, California
DiedJuly 29, 1996(1996-07-29) (aged 28)
GenresPunk rock, melodic hardcore, skate punk, hardcore punk
Instrument(s)Bass, vocals
Years active1986–1996
LabelsTheologian Records, Epitaph Records

Jason Matthew Thirsk (December 25, 1967 – July 29, 1996) was the bass player of the California punk rock band Pennywise from 1988 through his death in 1996. He grew up in Hermosa Beach, California.

Pennywise was formed in 1988 by Thirsk along with singer Jim Lindberg, guitarist Fletcher Dragge, and drummer Byron McMackin.[1] Thirsk reportedly did not like to travel. Thirsk had been in rehabilitation for alcoholism and suffered from depression.

Death and legacy[edit]

At the age of 28, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His girlfriend discovered his body approximately a day after his death.[2][3]

The band decided to continue making music after Thirsk's death, first by dedicating their performances to him at Warped Tour 1996.[4] They later brought in bass guitarist Randy Bradbury from One Hit Wonder. The band then set about writing an album of new material which was made up of mostly anti-suicide messages. One of Pennywise's most popular songs, "Bro Hymn", was originally written by Thirsk as a tribute to three of his friends: Tim Colvin, Carlos Canton, who died in a motorcycle accident, and Tom Nichols, who drowned at Hermosa Beach Pier in 1988. The band re-recorded the song after his death as a tribute to their fallen bandmate, replacing the line "Canton, Colvin, Nichols, this one's for you" with "Jason Matthew Thirsk, this one's for you", and renaming the track "Bro Hymn Tribute". It appears as the final track on Full Circle and a live version can also be found on Live @ the Key Club, released in 2000. Justin Thirsk, Jason's brother and drummer from 98 Mute, appears on the re-recording, both on drums and vocals.

Thirsk's Pennywise Discography[edit]

and see also

  • No Heroes (1996) Humble Gods (This was the last official recording to ever feature Jason Thirsk).
  • Full Circle (1997, dedicated to him, also includes his own lyrics)


  1. ^ McElhiney, Brian (8 Mar 2018). "Pennywise brings punk to Midtown". The Bulletin. Oregon, USA. Retrieved 3 Apr 2018.
  2. ^ MTV News Staff (August 2, 1996). "Former Pennywise Bassist Jason Thirsk Dead". MTV News. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  3. ^ "Pennywise ex-bassist found dead". Honolulu Star-Bulletin. August 2, 1996. p. 18. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  4. ^ Amabile, Michelle (August 6, 1996). "Fans, bands find Ashbury Park awesome". Asbury Park Press. p. 31. Retrieved December 8, 2021.