• rancid Trouble Maker (CD, £9.50)

    label: epitaph

    Rancid as a band have always been imbued with a sense of place: the blue collar neighbourhoods where they grew up in Berkley, California, their place as individuals within their band, their band as part of a movement and their evolving sense of place in relation to the world at large. This year Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar), Matt Freeman (bass, vocals), Lars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar), and Branden Steineckert (drums) return with their ninth studio album…Trouble Maker. Born in the midst of the post-Reagan economic downturn in the San Francisco Bay Area, the East Bay region specifically, Rancid came to light as Armstrong and Freeman were moving forward after the first band they founded, Operation Ivy, reached a friendly demise. As Rancid, the band took up the torch of social commentary and the examination of the local scene and instantly inflamed the newly revived punk community, setting the stage for what was to come. After having seen the American dream dwindle and fade within their country, community and homes, Rancid put their description of its aftermath into their songs. 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. Rancid have sold over 5m+ albums worldwide. 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. Track Listing 1. Track Fast 2. Ghost of a Chance 3. Telegraph Avenue 4. An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker 5. Where I'm Going 6. Buddy 7. Farewell Lola Blue 8. All American Neighborhood 9. Bovver Rock and Roll 10. Make it Out Alive 11. Molly Make Up Your Mind 12. I Got Them Blues Again 13. Beauty of the Pool Hall 14. Say Goodbye to Our Heroes 15. I Kept a Promise 16. Cold Cold Blood 17. This is Not the End

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