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Rancid – Trouble Maker OUT – June 9th, 2017. Rancid Line up: Tim Armstrong – guitar, lead and backing vocals Lars Frederikson – guitar, lead and backing vocals Matt Freeman – bass, lead and backing vocals Branden Steineckert – drums, percussion. Being a Rancid fan in Australia can be a little tough at times. They haven’t toured in almost 20 years, and their last couple of albums have struggled to really leave an impression (although I personally feel that 2009’s Let The Dominos Fall is wholly underrated). Rancid announced the new album at the start of May, and since then have trickled out a few tracks in the lead-up. Unfortunately, nothing that was released managed to inspire confidence in fans. That said, the album is far better than songs like ‘Telegraph Avenue’ would lead you to believe. It’s not to say it’s a great album, but it’s also not the complete train wreck that some of us might have been expecting. One of the things that made Rancid famous was their ability to craft incredibly catchy, sing-a-long choruses.
Each album served as a layer cementing Rancid’s natural place in punk. Their lyrical themes established their identity in the punk rock world while musically they incorporated horns, rockabilly bass lines, reggae rhythms, rasp, and distortion. Balancing their personal tales of love, loss, and heartbreak with attitude, Rancid gave their listeners a community. Over the past 2 decades, Rancid has shown awareness of their changing environment and have established their place in it, all while never losing sight of themselves as individuals or as a band.
Having remained with the same independent record label, Hellcat, for their 26 year career and barely changing line-ups in that time, the band can hardly be accused of selling out, despite making both gold and platinum certified albums
Rancid – Trouble Maker. A catchy veteran album that deserves a much bigger audience than it'll likely get. by Dan Weiss. on June 14, 2017, 12:00am. Rancid is a sterling example of why most good bands have no use for narrative. This should be simpler and more well-known than it is, but when an artist gets their moment in the sun, that guarantees nothing. Remember Cracker? In 2014, they made their best album, Berkeley to Bakersfield. And it was a fucking double-disc. A double-disc Cracker album from 2014 is about as irrelevant as it gets, but that doesn’t make the album any less good. You may remember Imperial Teen as also-rans from the Jawbreaker soundtrack.
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