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Rancid Biography


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Birth Place: Albany, California, USA
Years Active: 1991–present
Genres: Punk Rock, Ska Punk, Skate Punk, Hardcore Punk, Street Punk


Rancid is an American punk rock band formed in Berkeley, California in 1991 and was founded by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, both of whom previously played in the ska punk band Operation Ivy. Rancid's songs reflect its advocacy for left-wing politics, social and racial equality, near-religious independent and DIY ethics, and discontent with punk elitism. Rancid includes Armstrong on guitar and vocals, Freeman on bass and vocals, Lars Frederiksen on guitar and vocals and Branden Steineckert on drums. Former drummer Brett Reed, who left the band in 2006, was replaced by Steineckert. Frederiksen joined Rancid in 1993 when the band was searching for a second guitar player.

The band signed to Lookout! Records, and released its first EP, “Rancid,” in 1992. Later that year, they signed to Epitaph Records and released their self-titled debut album in 1993.

Rancid's second album, “Let's Go,” was released in 1994 and spawned the radio hit “Salvation,” which reached #21 on the Billboard Modern Rock chart. The album went to #97 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.

In 1995, Rancid released their third album, “...And Out Come the Wolves.” The critically acclaimed album, also the band's most successful, debuted at #45 on the Billboard 200. It produced three singles, “Roots Radicals,” “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho,” which all charted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. “...And Out Come the Wolves” was certified platinum in 2004.

In 1998, Rancid returned to the scene with their fourth album, “Life Won't Wait,” which peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200.

After its release, Rancid moved to Hellcat Records a subsidiary of Epitaph. That label would release their next album, 2000's “Rancid.” The album peaked at #68 on the Billboard 200.

After the release of the “Rancid” album, the band went on hiatus while members were involved in their own projects. Rancid released their sixth studio album, “Indestructible,” in 2003, which featured the hit song "Fall Back Down." It peaked at #15, marking the highest initial charting album in Rancid's career. After the release of that album, Rancid went on hiatus again when all members decided to continue working on their solo projects.

After no activity at all in most of 2004 and 2005, Rancid reunited in 2006 to embark on a successful. Reed quit the band later that year and was replaced by former Used drummer Branden Steineckert. Rancid released their long-awaited seventh studio album, “Let the Dominoes Fall,” in, 2009 which was their first album of new material in six years. The album peaked at #11 on the Billboard 200 making this Rancid's highest charting album to date.