Rancid Biography

Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California, in 1991. Founded by 80s punk veterans Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, who previously played in the highly influential ska punk band Operation Ivy, Rancid is credited--along with Green Day, The Offspring, Bad Religion, NOFX, and Social Distortion--for reviving mainstream interest in punk rock in the United States during the mid-1990s. Unlike many of their contemporaries, however, Rancid remained signed to an independent record label and retained much of its original fan-base, most of which was connected to its underground roots.

Rancid includes Tim Armstrong on guitar and vocals, Freeman on bass and vocals, Lars Frederiksen on guitar and vocals, and Branden Steineckert on drums. The band was formed by Armstrong, Freeman, and former drummer Brett Reed, who left the band in 2006 and was replaced by Steineckert. Frederiksen joined Rancid in 1993 when the band was searching for a second guitar player.

To date, Rancid has released seven studio albums, one split album, one compilation, two extended plays, and a series of live online-only albums, and has been featured on a number of compilation albums. The band has independently sold over four million records worldwide, making it one of the most successful independent punk groups of all time. The band rose to fame in 1994 with its second studio album, Let's Go, featuring the single "Salvation". In the following year, Rancid released its highly successful album ...And Out Come the Wolves, which produced its best-known songs "Roots Radicals", "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb", and was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA, selling over one million copies in the United States alone. Its next four albums, Life Won't Wait, Rancid, Indestructible and Let the Dominoes Fall, were also critically acclaimed, though not as successful as ...And Out Come the Wolves. Rancid is currently recording their eighth studio album Honor Is All We Know, which is expected to be released early 2014.

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Tickets for Rancid's mammoth December UK and Ireland tour onsale today

The punk veterans will play 14 shows later this year

  • Jun 29, 2012

Rancid announce mammoth December UK and Ireland tour – ticket details

The punk veterans will play 14 shows later this year

  • Jun 25, 2012

Rancid to record new album later this year

Punks reveal details of eighth LP and 20th anniversary world tour for 2012

  • May 31, 2011

Rancid announce new album details

'Let The Dominoes Fall' is released in May

  • Mar 31, 2009

Rancid add West Coast dates to North American tour

The massive jaunt will now extend into the autumn

  • May 12, 2008

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Rancid Reviews

Album review: Rancid - 'Let The Dominos Fall'

Album review: Rancid - 'Let The Dominos Fall'

All the tattoos in the world don't make you hard

  • Jun 23, 2009

Rancid: Hollywood Palladium

The first Doc Marten has barely been lobbed onstage by the time Rancid has stormed through five songs...

  • Dec 11, 2000

Rancid

This is certainly fast and furious...

  • Aug 14, 2000

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