Behold Tim Armstrong's spectacular beard in this Rancid photo gallery captured for Rock Sound at the O2 Academy in Bournemouth by Charlie Raven.
This latest effort conjures up the best parts of their whole career...
For those who turned their noses up in disgust at what they perceived Rancid had become with the release of 03s major-label flirtation that was ‘Indestructible’, it will come as welcome surprise to know that the band has put those six subsequent years to good use. ‘Let The Dominoes Fall’ seemingly ditches the suspect pop, Good Charlotte guest appearances and (almost) trims the fat to embody everything that Rancid have stood for over the years: a multi-faceted melting pot of all that made them, i.e.: scratchy ska sounds, fast-paced punk rock and enough melody to keep the whole thing accessible. This latest effort conjures up the best parts of their whole career and chucks it into the mix, a greatest hits of sorts. The feel good, Hammond-ska sounds of ‘Up To No Good’ could just as easily sit on ‘Life Won’t Wait; the hardcore of ‘The Bravest Kids’ is taken right from ‘Rancid 2000’ and ‘Dominoes Fall’ displays the (listenable) kind of pop that was present in places on ‘Indestructible’. Sadly, as has been the case on most of the Oakland quartet’s recorded output, they sacrifice quality for quantity somewhat. Nineteen tracks is just too many to digest, regardless of who you are.
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To celebrate 20 years of being a band, legendary punks Rancid have confirmed a string of UK shows for the end of the year:
28 - BELFAST Mandela Hall
29 - DUBLIN Academy
01 - NOTTINGHAM Rock City
02 - GLASGOW Barrowlands
03 - LIVERPOOL Academy
04 - NEWCASTLE Academy
06 - LEEDS Academy
07 - MANCHESTER Academy
08 - BIRMINGHAM Rebellion X-Mas Show
10 - NORWICH UEA
11 - BOURNEMOUTH Academy
12 - BRISTOL Academy
14 - LONDON Forum
15 - LONDOn Forum
Rancid are planning to enter the studio ahead of that in November to record their eighth studio album.
There's a new album on the way from the Cali hardcore lot, but we won't get to hear it until next year. Booooooo.
The Australian mob have signed a label deal and announced all the news. You're going to want to keep your eye on this lot.