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Rancid (1993)

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Album Review

Forget Roots Radicals, Let's Go and Out Come the Wolves. As a matter of fact, forget everything that Rancid ever put out and take in consideration this EP. This has none of the Clash rip-off/ska-punk material that these guys would eventually be known for. Rather, this album is just straight-up punk in that really fast, aggressive, take-no-crap sort of way. Strong bass leads and Tim Armstrong's perpetually slurred voice lead the way before the blast of adrenaline kicks in and instigates a circle pit. If only Rancid remained true to this style instead of taking the route of Salvation, but at least this EP shows that they're not just a bunch of radio friendly rock stars.

Biography

Formed: 1991 in Berkeley, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the cornerstone bands of the '90s punk revival, Rancid's unabashedly classicist sound drew heavily from the Clash's early records, echoing their left-leaning politics and fascination with ska, while adding a bit of post-hardcore crunch. While some critics dismissed Rancid as derivative, others praised their political commitment, surging energy, and undeniable way with a hook. And, regardless of critical debate over their significance, the band's strengths made them perhaps the most popular...
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