By AJ Phink
Do Rancid need an introduction? Well just in case, the legendary Californian punk band have now been with us for over a quarter of a century, ever since the release of their self titled debut full length back in 1993 they have been steadily assimilating different, and often unexpected, elements of punk into their sound, street punk, ska and reggae have all featured heavily but there have also been other elements that have crept into their sound to keep each release from the band fresh and unpredictable, and if their eight previous studio albums weren’t enough each member has developed their own solo and side projects that incorporate influences that go way beyond the constraints of the punk genre, now Rancid have released Troublemaker, their latest, and ninth, full length that is now available vis Hellcat Records.
Troublemaker hits the ground running with Track Fast, a short sharp shock of an opener that channels Motorhead‘s more intense moments, before we head back in more familiar Rancid territory, it’s no surprise that there’s a strong street punk influence on the majority of the tracks, if you’re looking for highlights then Farewell Lola Blue would amongst my choices with it’s straight up punk feel, that for me is reminiscent of the old school approach of the likes of The Lurkers, and a classic Rancid chorus that hits the spot nicely. From here on in we have an album that will be more than enough to keep any Rancid fan happy, there are touches of hardcore spattered across the album that sit alongside Glam Punk Stomp, rock ‘n roll infused bangers and of course full tilt punk rock, including the fine rousing finale, This Is Not The End.
With a few noble exceptions Troublemaker seems to be Rancid playing to their strengths, with a distinct emphasis on their street punk and straight up punk rock roots. This certainly doesn’t pack the punch that …And Out Come The Wolves had, but then again few punk albums do, it’s not as catchy or accessible as Let The Dominoes Fall and it’s not as intense as their early releases or their second self titled release from 2000. On every other Rancid album there has been a song, usually a fair few, that a struck a chord with me and set the hairs on the back of my neck on end, this experience is sadly largely absent from Troublemaker, don’t get me wrong, this is not in any way shape or form a bad album, and there certainly isn’t any filler present on Troublemaker, this just doesn’t seem to quite hit the heights that many of their previous albums have hit, but having said that this is still the equal of many punk releases and a fine addition to their back catalogue.
Troublemaker can be ordered here
Long running punk act Rancid has premiered a new track from their next full length. The song is titled “Where I’m Going” and will be on the album Trouble Maker, which is set to drop on June 9, 2017 via Hellcat Records / Epitaph Records.
Listen to the song below.
Long running punk act Rancid has premiered a new music video their next full length. The video features the song “Telegraph Avenue” and will be on the album Trouble Maker, which is set to drop on June 9, 2017 via Hellcat Records / Epitaph Records.
Listen to the song below.
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes have been added to the already stacked lineup for It’s Not Dead 2, one of the America’s largest punk rock festivals. It’s Not Dead is returning to Southern California’s Glen Helen Amphitheater on August 26th after a two-year break. Me First and the Gimme Gimmes join previously announced co-headliners Rancid and Dropkick Murphys, plus A Wilhelm Scream, Buzzcocks, Channel 3, The Casualties, Down By Law, The Exploited, The Flatliners, GBH, Good Riddance, Guttermouth, The Interrupters, Kevin Seconds, Mad Caddies, Off!, Runaway Kids, The Selecter, The Toasters, Wraths, U.S. Bombs, Voodoo Glow Skulls and many more
Tickets for It’s Not Dead 2 can be purchased here
Long running punk act Rancid has announced details for their next full length. The disc will be titled Trouble Maker and is set to drop on June 9, 2017 via Hellcat Records / Epitaph Records.
Coinciding with the announcement, the band has premiered the song “Ghost Of A Chance,” which can be heard below along with the track listing.
Old and new-school punk rock fans demanded it, and Vans Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman has delivered, It’s Not Dead, one of the country’s largest punk rock festivals, is returning to Southern California this summer, after a two-year break. It’s Not Dead will once again invade the Glen Helen Amphitheater Festival Grounds on Saturday, August 26, with another massive line-up of bands on four stages.
Tickets for It’s Not Dead will be available from 9am on Monday 20th March here
Details of the line-up for It’s Not Dead can be viewed below Read More…
Celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys has announced that they will be heading on tour with street punk legends Rancid for the joint Boston To Berkeley Tour, kicking off July 27 in Bangor, ME and wrapping August 26 in Southern California. The band continues to support their latestLP, 11 Short Stories Of Pain & Glory, which released back in January via Born & Bred Records.
Tour dates are below.
Hot on the heels of the release of their sophomore album, Say It Out Loud, that was produced by Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong and released in July 2016 on Hellcat Records, LA based ska-punk quartet The Interrupters have announced a run of UK headline shows following their prestigious support to Green Day on their arena tour in February
The Punk Site review of Say It Out Loud can be read here
You can view the video for By My Side, and the UK tour dates, below Read More…
The Very Best: 25 Years Of Irish PunkSailor's Grave Records
By AJ Phink
Rancid fans have long awaited the mythical Hooligans United tribute release. Details have finally been released!
On April 14, 2015, Smelvis Records will release the tribute which features 51 punk and ska bands covering songs from throughout the Rancid’s career. The immense project shows promise with a number of high quality artists contributing songs.
Contributing artists range from the obvious (The Interrupters, Street Dogs) to the surprising (Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, Kepi Ghoulie).
The album will be released as a double CD, 3 x 12″ vinyl or a digital download which features 3 additional tracks.
Pre sales begin today at Smelvis Records site.
Full track listing below.
Punk Rock Bowling, the Las Vegas based punk festival due to take place on the memorial day weekend (May 22-25th) has announced it’s lineup for 2015 will feature the likes of Rancid, Dropkick Murphys, Refused and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones amongst others, however legendary UK hardcore band Discharge have had to cancel their appearance and have been replaced by TSOL.
Tickets for PRB 2015 are available from Jan 10th via their website and you can check out the full list of bands below.
For those who have yet to hear the much anticipated release from punk legends Rancid, the guys have released an official stream of the full album Honor Is All We Know. The album was officially released to the world today.
The music is accompanied by a video that features the band cruising through the Bay Area in bassist Matt Freeman’s 1964 Chevy Nova.
The album is the band’s first in five years and is out through Tim Armstrong’s Hellcat Records imprint of Epitaph Records. The stream can be viewed below. Read More…
Long running punk veterans Rancid has premiered a brand new song. The song is titled “Face Up” and is set to appear on their upcoming album, Honor Is All We Know, due out October 27, 2014 via Hellcat Records. Brett Gurewitz serves as producer.
Listen to the song below.
Long running punk veterans Rancid has premiered a brand new three song music video. The video features the songs “Collision Course”, “Honor Is All We Know”, and “Evil’s My Friend,” all of which are scheduled to appear on their upcoming albums, Honor Is All We Know, due out October 27, 2014 via Hellcat Records. Brett Gurewitz serves as producer.
Watch the full Music video below.
Long running punk veterans Rancid have released track listing details and album art for their long awaited next full length. The highly anticipated disc will be titled Honor Is All We Know and currently remains without a set release date, but will is expected to be released by Hellcat Records. Brett Gurewitz serves as producer.
Check out album art and track listing below.
Legendary punk label Epitaph Records have announced the are re-issuing a number of classic records from their vaults on coloured vinyl. All of the releases are limited editions, so once they are gone, they’re gone – check below for the features bands and the associated pressing details:
Bouncing Souls – Self Titled – 500 Yellow
Millencolin – Life On A Plate – 500 Yellow
Millencolin – Pennybridge Pioneers – 500 Orange
Millencolin – For Monkeys – 500 Brown
Osker – Idle Will Kill – 300 Black/700 Pink
Pennywise – Self Titled – 500 Clear
Pennywise – Unknown Road – 500 Blue
Pennywise – About Time – 500 Smoke
Rancid – Self Titled (1993) – 500 Blue
Punk O Rama – Volume 1 – 1000 Green
Live (December 10th, 2006)The Kool Haus - Toronto, Ontario
By Lanny Bolder
You could tell there was a punk show in Toronto near Front Street Sunday, because of all the 2-foot mowhawks milling around loud and proud. It was refreshing to see all the kids amongst the uppity shopper’s, drinking high priced coffee. And those kids, like me were on their way to go see Rancid at the Kool Haus.
I will you spare you on how much Rancid’s music means to me, but I have to say my hands where shaking, as the screen began to play the intro video, and the gents walked out with their instruments, and took position.
Rancid started out swinging belting out Radio, Roots and Radicals, and Nihilism. They were so tight, and didn’t seem to miss a beat. It was so genuine of them to make up the four dates they had to cancel, because of Lars Frederiksen’s collapse on stage in Montreal last fall.
They then went into jukebox mode, and belted through their entire discography, pulling out gems and classics. Their adversity live is quite incredible as they played as hardcore as they could in a song like “Dead Bodies”, and seamlessly move into a reggae influenced jam like “Hoover Street” as it was nothing at all, and I feel that takes a lot of talent. They even got nostalgic and played Operation Ivy’s ska sing along “Unity”.
I found it interesting at one point during a solo for “Black Derby Jacket”, Tim and Lars crowded their new drummer Brendan Steinekert’s kit and appeared to be testing to see if the new guy could keep up to the older rockers. Steinekert was up for the challenge as he pounded the skins like it was his business.
And I knew how this show was going to end, when I saw their roadie Big Jay Bastard tuning some acoustic guitars. The fella’s took centre stage for the encore with their acoustics, and did some old songs a little softer, and everybody loved it.
Seeing Rancid live is much like their song title seeing an “Old Friend”. Because in a way they really are. If you appreciate brilliant, honest, and retrospective lyrics delivered with highly intense, diverse, and soulful music then you probably love Rancid.
Live (Aug. 2nd, 2008)The Kool Haus- Toronto, Ontario
By Lanny Bolder
Do you remember 1995? It was an interesting year. It started off crazy when OJ’s trial began live broadcasts on American daytime television, Ace of Base ruled the charts, Blondisma hair product shares sky rocketed from a frosted tips hair phenomenon, and Rancid released arguably the best punk rock album of all time And Out Come The Wolves.
So you are asking yourself what does a Rancid show review have to do with the inception of the OJ trial on American TV? Because friends the spirit of 95 was alive and well as Rancid played at least three quarters of the legendary A.O.C.T.W album. They shared the stage with New York Hardcore Heroes H2O, and Toronto’s Flatliners.
The first band to stoke the fire were Toronto’s Flatliners who came out glowing based on the fact they were opening up for H2O and Rancid. Vocalist Chris Cresswell had a little extra adrenaline surging all night as they ripped through songs off their Fat release The Great Awake. Opening for bands like Rancid can be tough, but they got a great reception from the home crowd and set the stage nicely for H2O.
Finally after seven years, H2O stepped out of the shadows and wasted no time starting off the show with Nothing to Prove’s first track ironically titled “1995” a song about lead vocalist Toby Morse’s dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs with the music industry as we know it today.
Toronto gave H2O a great welcome back and the energy transfer between the crowd and the band was fantastic. H2O played music from all their albums and even got a little bit heavy metal as they started playing the intro to Black Sabbath’s War Pigs. But in true H20 fashion Toby fused the lyrics to 5 Year Plan, which inevitably started a circle pit. They ended the night with my favorite song on the Nothing to Prove album What Happened?
Well it was now time for what every punk in the Kool Haus wanted. The curtain was pulled and the screen projected grainy profile pictures of each Rancid member. I love this. It is cool to watch the tension build up in the crowds face. Seconds later they took the stage and instantly broke into Ruby Soho.
It was a hot humid Southern Ontario August night, but Tim Armstrong still wore an over sized black trench coat and fedora. And like I said before they put a lot of emphasis on 1995’s seminal A.O.C.T.W.
Rancid proved to be no one trick pony though, and weren’t afraid to play Operation Ivy’s Knowledge. Tim Armstrong also played a song off his solo album Into Action, and other old school staples like I Wanna Riot, Adina, Nihilism, and many, many more.
Some highlights for me were Matt Freeman’s driving bass solo in Maxwell Murder that in my opinion make Les Claypool look like he is sailing in a sea of cheese! Frederiksen and his guitar performed a touching rendition of At the Wars End. I enjoyed the contrasty monochromatic images of Travis Bickle, Clint Eastwood in spaghetti westerns, and other images of war and history projected behind them on a big screen as they played and watching the intensity in Lars’s face when they played The Other side – a song about Frederiksen’s passed brother Robert; It was truly amazing.
When it was all over even the greasiest liberty Mow hawk hung like a weeping willow in the sweaty air of the Kool Haus. Rancid played an incredible show and proved they have earned their cornerstone in punk rock music. Their ability to seamlessly transition songs in a hardcore vein to a rootsy reggae chord, and carry on to a smooth melody can’t be matched.
“This is the only life I want to live in 1995!
I’m not coming home there’s nothing there for me.
Time flies, it goes by and then you realize
I’m not coming home, this is where I want to be”
I completely related to those lyrics after this show. Much like a smell can trigger a feeling or memory Rancid’s songs brought me back to a time in my life that means a lot to me. And that is to me what music should always be about.
Awesomely prolific, that’s really the only way to describe Tim Timebomb & Friends, side project of Rancid’s Tim Armstrong. According to the man himself:
“Tim Timebomb and Friends is a place for me to share with you some of my favorite songs that I’ve recorded with friends of mine. I’ve always enjoyed sharing music, whether I’m just sitting around playing acoustic guitar with my friends or breaking out old 45’s. I guess you could call me a music nerd. I like everything from Bob Dylan to the Ramones, to Jimmy Cliff to Cock Sparrer. I plan to bring together a great group of players to record covers as well as some originals. I hope you dig it and encourage you to pass them on.”
Songs are released digitally on youtube, and withe literally 100’s available it really is an impressive body of work. Now Hellcat Records and Pirates Press Records are joining forces to compile a series of three 7″ releases featuring a select few of these songs.
Let The Dominoes FallHellCat Records
By Bobby Gorman
Its’ been six years since Indestructible came out, but in those years, Rancid have not been sitting idly by. On top of releasing solo albums and side projects yearly, the band tour quite frequently, got a new drummer in the form of The Used’s Branden Steineckert and decided to leave the major world and go back to where they were comfortable: Hell-Cat Records. Under the guiding hands of Brett Gurewitz they went back into the studio to record their seventh full length album, Let The Dominoes Fall, and once again proved that they’re here to stay.
Some punk rock purists will quickly point out that Let The Dominoes Fall isn’t nearly as hard hitting as, say, Let’s Go; but the fact of the matter is that Rancid doesn’t need to be filled with balls-to-the-walls fury to write a great song, Let The Dominoes Fall is filled up with perfect examples of that fact.
Instead, Rancid has infused their songs with a sense of melody – the same sense of melody that helped make … And Out Come The Wolves such a legendary album. The record is ripped with vocals that are yearning to be sung by a thousand kids with raised fists. Layered and alternating vocals from the three very different vocalists criss-cross back and forth, creating a sort of call and respond characteristic to the song – something that Rancid have used to their advantage before.
Pulling in from their close to two-decades of experience, Let The Dominoes Fall displays the full scope of Rancid’s style. There’s the ska and reagge influenced tracks of I Ain’t Worried and Up to No Good, pulsating with an upbeat and danceable tempo. The minute long, balls-to-the-walls, pure punk track of This Place harkens back to the older days, as does Damnation and The Bravest Kids. Tim Armstrong sounds like he’s back on his solo project on the Spanish-guitar led Civilian Ways and acoustic closer The Highway as the band’s pop-punk side comes through on the title track, the lead single Last One to Die and New Orleans, creating songs that will become live favourites right next to Ruby Soho in no time.
All of these changes in styles makes Let The Dominoes harder to classify, but it’s still definitely Rancid with Tim Armstrong and the gang riding out in front of the punk rock wave. It’s a solid album from front to back with only a few songs that fly slightly under the radar while most of the 19 cuts will have you singing along in no time.
By Bobby Gorman
The pioneers of punk are back with their 6th full length release and first on a major label. Staying with the tradition, Rancid have once again placed an unusually large amount of tracks on their latest album; which of course is a good thing. This time, “Indestructible” features 19 tracks which demonstrates the growth of the band during the past three years.
Listening to the album, you can hear some major differences from one track to another. And some more differences from this album to their previous. The 19 tracks features songs with portions of all sorts of musical genres: original street-punk, ska, oi and even lending on the edge of pop-punk.
Take “Fall Back Down” for example. An obvious choice for a radio single as it tingles on the edge of pop-punk. But it is a still a song which can be easily respected and trusted. With harsh, scratchy vocals by Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen, you get a sense that what they say is true. Unlike songs sung by perfectly pitch pop singers about all their troubles, this is a song which you can believe in. Other songs like “David Courtney” and “Born Frustrated” are more like songs you expect to hear on a Rancid album.
One thing which is interesting to see, is when you take the time to look at the booklet with the album, you see that before each song the band has taken the time to explain their motivation behind it. It is good for a interesting read and opens you to the wide world of Rancid.
Although the CD has disappointed some fans and critics alike, it is still a good CD. Maybe not quite up to Rancid’s standards, “Indestructible” is still a CD any Rancid fan will enjoy.
Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong has posted yet another new song under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends.
Just as he has down in the past, the newest song from Tim is a re-imagined version of a classic Rancid tune as they tackle Journey To The End of the East Bay from their landmark album, … And Out Come The Wolves.
The song can be heard below.
Rancid have posted a free download of a 1995 bootleg recording of them performing live in London. It can be downloaded below. It is the first in a series of live bootlegs that they band will be releasing over the coming months.
In other news, the California punk band will be making their first trip back up to Canada in four years at the 8th annual Amnesia Rockfest 2013 in Montebello Quebec. Taking place on June 14th and 15th, the festival will host over 150 bands on five outdoor stages; the full announcement will be revealed in mid-March.
Rancid‘s Tim Armstrong has been slowly releasing songs online under the moniker Tim Timebomb and Friends from an upcoming solo album set to be released digitally on December 11th through Hellcat Records.
The release features original and covers performed by Tim Armstrong with a rotating crew of friends and collaborators including Travis Barker, the Hutton Brothers, and others.
He’s been releasing a new song every day since October 29th, all of which can be streamed here.
Rancid have laid out plans for a brand new box set to celebrate their 20th anniversary together as a band. However, the box set is bigger than most and is comprised of a total of 46 records.
Dubbed Essentials, the vinyl box set will be released by Pirates Press Records and includes all of the band’s full length albums – Rancid (EP) , Rancid (1993) , Let’s Go , … And Out Come The Wolves , Life Won’t Wait , Rancid (2000) , Indestructible , and Let the Dominoes Fall – all of which will be remastered. All of the records will be split over the 46 seven inch records, making for a total of 96 vinyl sides hosting more than 150 songs.
The set will also be available in three different vinyl colors (red, white, and red and white) all packaged inside a black leather box, and the first 500 mail orders will include a hand-numbered, limited-edition Rancid Louisville Slugger baseball bat.
The artwork and track listing can be seen here.
Street punk legends Rancid are streaming their entire discography in celebration of their twentieth year as a band. The group is currently recording their follow-up to 2009’s Let The Dominos Fall (HellCat Records).
Listen to all of their albums here.
Street punk legends Rancid have released a promotional video in celebration of their twentieth year as a band. The group is currently recording their follow-up to 2009’s Let The Dominos Fall (HellCat Records).
Watch the video below.
The 14th Annual Punk Rock Bowling and Music Festival have announced their first string of headlining bands.
Heading up this year’s lineup are veteran punkers Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, the Adicts, and the Briefs, with more bands to be announced soon.
Punk Rock Bowling started back in 1999 and has since grown into a 3 day festival in downtown Las Vegas that caters to both older and newer acts within the punk rock community. The festival features over 60 bands and attracts upwards of 5,000 fans each year.
This year’s festival will take place May 25-28. Details about the event can be found here.
San Francisco punk vets Rancid have announced a small string of tour dates scattered across the U.S. including festival stops in Europe. Rancid is a headliner at the Punk Rock Bowling Festival in Las Vegas this year, and is also planning to record a brand new full length by then end of 2012.
For a full list of dates, see below.