"Tomorrow Never Comes" (Epitaph; 2023)

Reviewed by Snidermann

When I saw that Rancid had a new recording out, it did my heart good. I am happy to see that punk music is alive and well in the music scene of today. The band started out in 1991 and it is stated that the band was instrumental in bringing punk music back into the mainstream of American conscious. All I know is, they rock like the punks they are (come on, that was funny!).

The name of the recording is "Tomorrow Never Comes" and one thing is for sure, there is no hidden meaning or ulterior motive to the music here. It is pure in its punkyness (wow, another good one!).

"Tomorrow Never Comes" has the number one hallmark of a good punk music release: Sixteen songs in twenty-nine minutes for an average song length of a whopping 1.9 minutes per song. Fun, fast, in-your-face, spit-on-the-floor, beer-out-of- cans (Budweiser! No IPA or foofoo shit for this crowd! And no bottles allowed, not cool enough). In my opinion, this recording (or any punk music, for that matter) is best played very loud!

So get your Mohawk good and pointy, dig out your old leather jacket with your with patches of your fave punk bands pinned to it, dust off your Doc Martins, get your steel toe boots good and dirty, get our your fave ripped and bloody tee shirt on and get your punk on and listen to the new Rancid release. Sounds like a good Tuesday afternoon to me!

For more information - https://www.facebook.com/rancid.

"... Honor is All We Know" (Hellcat; 2014)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Rancid is punk rock. "...Honor is All We Know" is the eighth disc from these Berkeley, CA natives and it's a rockin' good time. The punk rock element shines brightly on each track. The lyrics are smart and sassy and the choruses are shout-worthy. These guys would be great to see live because the show would be full of energy and everybody needs some punk rock to help blow off some steam.

"...Honor is All We Know" is a short kick in the face at only 32:47 in length, so you can get the party started or make that drive home in record time.

Rancid: Tim Armstrong - lead vocals, guitars, Lars Frederiksen - guitars, vocals; Matt Freeman - bass, vocals; Branden Steineckert - drums, percussion.

For more information - https://www.facebook.com/rancid.

"... And Out Come The Wolves" (Epitaph; 1995)

Reviewed by Snidermann

A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I bought a Rancid CD. Why? 1) I liked the name of the band and 2) I wanted to experience some of what R. Scott Bolton called “real punk.” I was not disappointed. Originally released in 1995, " ... And Out Come The Wolves" was an unexpected joy of good music.

The sheer number of Rancid releases is staggering. I was in a record store the other day and I saw no less than ten different Rancid recordings. This particular release was nothing short of brilliant with hard driving punk music loaded with soul, thought provoking words and an overall bitchin’ good listen on more than one level.

I can't wait to hear more of my current favorite band with the ultra cool name: Rancid. 'nuff said.

Rancid is Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman and Brett Reed.

For more information, check out http://www.rancidrancid.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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