After nearly 20 years, nine albums and countless shows around the world, Pennywise lead singer and songwriter Jim Lindberg has left the Southern California punk rock group.

“My time in Pennywise has come to an end,” Lindberg said in a statement. “Being the singer for this band has been an amazing experience, and along the way we made some of the best fans anyone could ask for.”

15 for $15 with Napster!Lindberg continued, “There are few things that made me more proud than seeing people at our shows singing our songs, and it’s your support and encouragement that’s kept me going this long. I would sincerely like to thank everyone who helped us along the way and wish everyone in the Pennywise family the best of luck and continued success.”

In a separate statement, the remaining members of Pennywise — Fletcher Dragge, Byron McMackin and Randy Bradbury — wished their departing bandmate the best of luck, but reiterated their commitment to continuing as a group.

“Pennywise has become a way of life for a lot of people, and has definitely become a way of life for us,” the band explained. “As the three remaining members of Pennywise, we feel that we are not done delivering our message to our fans.”

The group is now looking for a new lead singer.

Lindberg already has a couple of projects in the works. He is working on a documentary based on his book, “Punk Rock Dad,” and is set to head into the studio to begin recording. He is also a founder and consultant for Havoc TV, a Video on Demand action sports and music network.

Pennywise last headlined the Jagermeister Music Tour this past spring.