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Albums Of The Week: Rancid | Tomorrow Never Comes

Reinvention is for the weak. And these East Bay punks are anything but on their 10th studio set, tearing through another batch of old-school punk salvos like it was 1977.


THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Rancid — the legendary Bay Area punk rockers are back with their 10th studio album, Tomorrow Never Comes. Their first new music since 2017’s Trouble Maker, the California punk stalwarts’ latest full-length serves up 16 songs in 29 hard-hitting, fast-paced minutes — all produced by longtime collaborator, Bad Religion guitarist and Epitaph founder Brett Gurewitz.

Highlighting their collective ear for melodic rock hooks and catchy singalong choruses, the album is replete with the familiar wailing guitars and punishing punk rock rhythms that have solidified Rancid as the legends they are.

Emerging from the blue-collar swamps of Berkeley, Rancid have now been a living, breathing punk rock band for over a quarter century, carrying the same raw energy since their 1991 inception. Back in those days, after the demise of their much beloved and still influential first band Operation Ivy, founding members Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) decided to do the impossible — start an even better band. Thus, Rancid.

Signing with Epitaph Records, the band released their self-titled first album in 1993. Shortly thereafter, Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined in time to to release incredible records like Let’s Go (1994) and their classic, platinum-selling …And Out Come The Wolves (1995). You still remember when you first heard it. They followed with the even more ambitious Life Won’t Wait in 1998, and in 2000, they released another album entitled Rancid just to see if anyone was paying attention. After Indestructible in 2003, Branden Steineckert (drums) joined to solidify their lineup. They subsequently released Let The Dominos Fall (2009), Honor Is All We Know (2014), and Trouble Maker (2017).

Through it all, Rancid have remained fiercely independent, never losing their loyalty to community or each other. Their music confronts political and social issues, while balancing personal tales of love, loss, and heartbreak with attitude. Rancid gives their listeners a community where everyone can belong. By carrying on the traditions and spirit of the original punk rock bands that came before, Rancid have become a legend and inspiration to punk bands that have come after. They are the living embodiment of East Bay punk. And if you don’t know all this by now, you’re not playing their music loud enough!”


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