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Basic Background Info

Birth: December 30, 1969
Location: Hermosa Beach, California
Band: Pennywise, Kottonmouth Kings
Genres: Skatepunk, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk Revival
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician



Drummer Byron McMackin was the third man to join the punk band Pennywise in 1988 after guitarist Fletcher Dragge and original bassist Jason Thirsk. It wasn't hard to convince him because Byron McMackin already knew the rest of the guys, they all went to the same high school together in Hermosa Beach.

They played backyard parties and barbeques, often enticing a crowd with promises of kegs of beer. Soon they hit the Los Angeles club scene and drew huge crowds for an underground band. Subsequently, they were thrown out and banned from all of the venues in Hollywood and downtown. Epitaph records caught wind of their potent and meaningful rage-and-roll and signed the band. Nine albums and twenty years later, Pennywise still seems to have more drive, hyperactivity, and passion than many of their younger counter-parts.

Unquestionably, a large part of Pennywise's impressive longevity is the drummer's urgently persistent beats. "In our very early stuff I would play a lot of extra hits, snare flams, and doubles and stuff. I think it was just form being into more drummer-oriented stuff, Neil Peart, Phil Collins, Stewart Copeland, Bill Bruford, more technical stuff," said McMackin. As he matured, Byron McMackin struck a happy balance between technical authority, comparably simplistic punk riffs, and stylistic swagger.

Byron McMackin admitted, "I think I got my foot from Bonham. I always kind of studied what he played with his bass drum, which, to this day, is still some of the most amazing beats out there. The guy had so many weird, off-time, intricate, funky, rocked-out beats. It was a trip. And playing in that kind of style gives our music a little more personality for the totally straight-ahead punk stuff.î

Byron McMackin's skills are widely renowned in the punk community. Byron McMackin has been sought by The Kottonmouth Kings sought out Byron and he played on two of their albums. He also played drums with The Vandals for the troops in Iraq.



Album Year Album Name Album Band
1991 Pennywise Pennywise
1992 Wild Card/A World From the Wise Pennywise
1993 Unknown Road Pennywise
1994 Punk-O-Rama Pennywise
1995 Punk Sucks Pennywise
1995 About Time Pennywise
1993 Unknown Road Pennywise
1994 Punk-O-Rama Pennywise
1995 Punk Sucks Pennywise
1995 About Time Pennywise
1995 Soul Arch: The Theologian Compilation Pennywise
1996 Bored Generation Pennywise
1996 M.O.M., Vol. 1: Music for Our Mother Ocean Pennywise
1996 Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 2 Pennywise
1996 Skaters Have More Fun Pennywise
1997 Full Circle Pennywise
1997 Generations, Vol. 1: A Punk Look at Human Rights Pennywise
1997 God Money Pennywise
1997 M.O.M., Vol. 2: Music for Our Mother Ocean Pennywise
1997 Punk Bites, Vol. 2 Pennywise
1997 Violent World: A Tribute to the Misfits Pennywise
1998 Compilation of Warped Music Pennywise
1998 Line Up: A Taylor Steele Collection Pennywise
1998 Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 3 Pennywise
1998 Show Soundtrack Pennywise
1998 SRH Presents: Lose Your Illusions, Vol. 1 Pennywise
1998 Their System Doesn't Work for You Pennywise
1998 X-Games, Vol. 3 Pennywise
1999 Compilation of Warped Music II Pennywise
1999 Dancing with Duchin Pennywise
1999 SB1: Skiboarding Journey Pennywise
1999 Short Music for Short People Pennywise
1999 Vans Warped Tour '99 Pennywise
1999 Straight Ahead Pennywise
2000 Early Poems Of Pennywise
2000 Hit and Run Pennywise
2000 Live at the Key Club Pennywise
2000 Loose Change (Original Soundtrack) Pennywise
2000 Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 5 Pennywise
2000 World Warped, Vol. 3: Live Pennywise
2001 Land of the Free? Pennywise
2001 Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 6: 2001 Pennywise
2001 That Darn Punk Pennywise
2001 Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 Pennywise
2002 Dancing with Duchin Pennywise
2002 ESPN's Ultimate X: The Motion Picture Soundtrack Pennywise
2002 Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 7 Pennywise
2002 Rollin' Stoned Kottonmouth Kings
2003 From the Ashes Pennywise
2004 Fire It Up Kottonmouth Kings
2005 Full Circle (Bonus Track) Pennywise
2005 Look at All the Love We Found: A Tribute to Sublime Pennywise
2005 Pennywise (Bonus Track) Pennywise
2005 The Fuse Pennywise
2008 Reason to Believe Pennywise
2012 All Or Nothing Pennywise
2013 The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute Various Artists


  • Byron McMackin has what is known as "red light fever."  While in the studio, whenever the (traditionally red) "record" button is depressed, he freezes up and is unable to play naturally.  "I pretty much suck in the studio," he admitted to DRUM! Magazine.
  • He really respects Josh Freese of The Vandals, Devo, Viva Death, A Perfect Circle, Nine Inch Nails, and ASHES dIVIDE, and his studio drumming abilities.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Pork Pie
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop, Axis Percussion
Heads: Remo
Sticks: Zildjian

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