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Rancid Bio

Tim Armstrong - Vocals/Guitar

Matt Freeman - Bass

Brett Reed - Drums

Lars Fredericksen - Vocals/Guitar


Rancid was formed in 1991 in San Francisco by Tim Armstrong (Vocals/Guitar) and Matt Freeman (Bass). Tim Armstrong suffered from major alcohol problems which he was working to overcome. Matt a life long friend suggested that the duo start a band, which was in part to help his friend with recovery. The two joined and a musical union was formed. Brett Reed, a roommate of Armstrong, joined the band as drummer a short while later.


Rancid started performing live all around the bay area. In 1992 they released a debut EP under lookout records. The band didn't go unnoticed, in 1993 they signed on with Epitaph beginning the liftoff of their music career. Their self titled full length album showcased their flavor for ska and punk sounds. Around this time Lars Fredericksen signed on as the second vocalist/guitarist for the group.


One after another Rancid released albums, all reaching the alternative and mainstream markets. Lets go, ...And Out Came the Wolves, and Life Wont Wait each added more and more fans for the group. The bands ... And out Came the Wolves reached Platinum in 1995 with its ska heavy sound. In 2000 Rancid released and impressive twenty-two tracked self titled album. To this day Rancid remains a historical pioneer in the punk music movement.


Sonia Semone

September 2005

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