Rancid’s Tim Armstrong Says Band Will Release a New Album in 2012


Story by Charles Ken

Punk revivalists Rancid plan new music for next year

Punk fans, take note: One of the keystone bands of the ’90s punk revival, Rancid, are cooking up new material. Frontman Tim Armstrong has revealed that the guys plan to enter the studio in the next few months with producer Brett Gurewitz to dish out the follow-up to 2009’s, Let the Dominoes Fall.

In familiar Rancid fashion, Armstrong told Consequence of Sound that the recording sessions will be a “family reunion, a celebration with wives and kids and the whole affair.” The record will also flow naturally and spontaneously. “Every record we document where we are, so we don’t know what it’ll be,” Armstrong said. “Each album shows us where we’re at in that moment in time, with the songs and the feelings that we’re experiencing, so it can change a lot in the next couple months.”

Albeit difficult to fathom, this year marks the 20th anniversary for Rancid, a milestone deserving of proper fanfare. To celebrate, 2012 will bring a major world tour for Rancid, along with the new album. Milestone or not, Armstrong says the guys are more about friendship than counting albums and sales figures, and he still hangs out with his band mates just for fun.  “I’m going to have dinner with [bassist] Matt Freeman tonight,” Armstrong said. “He’s my brother, and I’ve known him my whole life, since I was five years old. We’re always going to be a band, and we’re never going to break up.”

Aside from work with Rancid, Armstrong is keeping busy with a new Transplants album planned for 2012. “We’re going to focus on The Transplants in December, but we already have a lot of that recorded,” Armstrong told Collider. “We were meeting at Travis Barker’s studio every Tuesday, also known as Transplants Tuesday. We would just go up and play there, so we’ve got some tracks, but we’re going to try to finish that up in December… ” Armstrong also recently created Tim Timebomb’s RockNRoll Theater, a web series exclusively for VEVO featuring punk royalty such as Rancid’s Lars Frederiksen and AFI’s Davey Havok.




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