Rancid is an American punk rock band from Berkeley, California. Formed in 1991, the band is known to have contributed, along with the bands Green Day and The Offspring, to bring punk rock back to the musical forefront in the United States during the 1990s.
The band currently consists of Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen on guitar and vocals, Matt Freeman on bass and Branden Steineckert on drums.
The band has a total of seven studio albums. He first became known in 1994 with the album Let's Go and the single Salvation. In 1995 they released the album ... And Out Come the Wolves, which was a great commercial success, with the hits Ruby Soho, Roots Radicals and Time Bomb. He was certified gold, selling more than a million copies in the United States. The band then released four more albums, Life Will Not Wait, Rancid, Indestructible and Let the Dominoes Fall, all well received by the critics, but not as successful commercially as ... And Out Come the Wolves.
Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman, from Albany, a small working class community near Berkeley, California, and friends since the age of five, formed the ska punk band Operation Ivy in 1987. At the time, Armstrong was called Lint and Freeman Matt McCall. They are accompanied by Jesse Michaels on vocals and Dave Mello on drums.