Rancid was formed by Tim Armstrong
and Matt Freeman
, both formally of Operation Ivy
They recruited Brett Reed
on drums and recorded "Rancid
" in 1993. Right before "Rancid" was released Lars Fredrikson
joined the group as second guitar and vocalist.
And then with this line-up, which has yet to change, the band released "Let's Go
". This album scored a mild hit on MTV
called "Salvation", and then Rancid became the target of a major label war (including Madonna
's Maverick label and Epic
), although in the end they stayed with their original label Epitaph
, mainly because, as Tim and Lars say, "it was like being in a family and we like that, you know all our friends are there, and it just seemed right". After this bidding war Rancid released "...And out come the wolves
" in which Rancid showed the ska that had been in Op Ivy and slowed down the tempo from the last two albums. After several years they made the ska/reggae
connection clearer with Life Won't Late
, which is a very good album, even if quite a few fans didn't like it.
Then two years later in 2000 Rancid released Rancid(2000)
which is a very hardcore
, street punk album, which again some fans don't like.
Rancid have moved along very well, always changing, for 4 albums I'd say they've changed alot, and each change has always been very interesting.