4 June 2023
Kerrang says: “Big choruses, bold tempos, muscular arrangements. Because for all their latter-day familiarity, Rancid are not the same band as their younger selves. ‘Eddie the Butcher was a stevedore / We sailed together on the Singapore shore,’ sings Tim Armstrong on the quite wonderful New American. Time was this group were criticised for what their detractors imagined – wrongly, as it goes – to be a likeness to The Clash, but in the 21st century they’ve become as evocative as The Pogues. An ageless punk rock poet he may be, but on Tim, advanced middle-age is a good look.” Score: 4/5.
TUTV: The middle-aged noise crusaders from the sunny state started as punk-riff maniacs 32 years ago, and they’re still punk-riff maniacs today. But not just that alone, they still come up with cast iron juggernauts that incite chaotic moshpits and triggers many lungs to blow up when scream-yell-bellow along choruses fly all over the place. I just wonder if their grandchildren are Rancid fans too.
Singles/Clips: Devil In Disguise / Don’t Make Me Do It / Tomorrow Never Comes
– DEVIL IN DISGUISE –
– DON’T MAKE ME DO IT –
– TOMORROW NEVER COMES –