With ringing ears, the members of Rancid pull their guitars from their amps as they finish their 2009 North American Tour with fellow bands Billy Talent, Rise Against and Riverboat Gamblers.
Twenty-years ago in Northern California, Tim Armstrong, Matt Freeman, Lars Frederiksen and Bret Reed formed the Ska Punk band, Rancid, which would later be known as the band responsible for reviving punk music.
Rancid’s sound comes from the inspiration of The Clash’s early albums with a Ska Punk twist. Ska Punk music is the style of fast, popular music that has a strong offbeat mixed with edge and attitude of Punk Rock. The style of Ska music started in Jamaica in the 1960’s becoming a forerunner of the music style reggae.
The band also got musical influences from other known punk-rock bands like Green Day and Offspring. Green Day’s lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, co-wrote and performed on the song “Radio” with Rancid.
Rancid, while under an independent label, has sold over four million records across the world. With twenty years of albums, online albums and EP’s, Rancid fans have stayed loyal to this skatepunk band.
Rancid’s most popular album was titled, “…And Out Comes the Wolves.” This album featured the bands best-known songs such as “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho.” The singles from this album kept the band on The Billboards top 100 in 1995.
Rancid’s last album, “Let the Dominoes Fall,” was released in 2009. During the release of this album the band replaced drummer Brett Reed with Branden Steineckert of the heavy-rock band The Used.
The North American tour supporting the “Let the Dominoes Fall” album took place in the summer of 2009.
Rancid decided to join the Honda Civic Tour with My Chemical Romance and Blink-182. The band performed on the tour from August 25th till September 4th.