East Bay Punk Legends Rancid Announce New Album "Trouble Maker" (June 9th) with Music Video for "Ghost of A Chance" Out Today

Posted by Billyjam, May 2, 2017 02:49pm | Post a Comment

Longtime California punk icons Rancid today announced that  next month they'll be releasing an all new studio album Trouble Maker (Hellcat/Epitaph) featuring the lead track "Ghost Of A Chance" for which earlier today they published an accompanying music video (see below). Other tracks on the forthcoming 17 track album (19 for the deluxe version) will include such songs as "Telegraph Avenue," "An Intimate Close Up Of A Street Punk Trouble Maker," " Bovver Rock and Roll," and "All American Neighborhood." To arrive in Amoeba on June 9th, Trouble Maker will be Rancid's ninth studio album in their two and a half decade career and their first since 2014's …Honor Is All We Know.  Produced by longtime friend, previous collaborator, and founder of Epitaph Records, Brett Gurewitz, the new album will be released in CD and vinyl formats as well as digitally.

The Berkeley, California founded Rancid, born out of the remains of Operation Ivy, was formed by Tim Armstrong (vocals, guitar) and Matt Freeman (bass, vocals) back in 1991 and released their debut EP on Lookout in 1992. A year later, signed to Epitaph, they released their self-titled debut album RancidLars Frederiksen (vocals, guitar) joined shortly afterwards appearing on all albums since then including 1994's Let’s Go, 1995's ...And Out Come The Wolves (also avail on LP/vinyl), 1998's Life Won’t Wait, the 2000 eponymous Rancid release, and 2003's Indestructible. In the period between that album's release and 2009's Let The Dominos Fall drummer Branden Steineckert had joined the band to cement the quartet's current line-up as seen in the brand new video below. In that video, as well as in the new press photo above, you will likely notice how frontman / vocalist Tim Armstrong has altered his image by growing a thick beard.

Right before the new album's release Rancid will be joiningGreen Day on a series of European summer festivals in June and July, beginning with the Pinkpop Dutch fest on June 4th. Then along with label-mates the Dropkick Murphys, Rancid will be co-headlining the From Boston To Berkeley Tour that begins on July 27 in Bangor, ME and ends August 26th  at the San Bernadino Glen Helen Amphitheater. Other dates will include Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium (Aug 19) and The Greek Theater in Berkeley (Aug 20th). Note that on the four week Rancid/Dropkick Murphys tour that they will end each night's performance with all star encore in which members of both bands on stage together performing a few songs.

Rancid "Ghost Of A Chance" (2017)

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