In case you’ve been wondering where second generation punk band Rancid has been, we have good news. First of all, the seminal and irreverent East Bay punk band are just about to start a short 13-date North American tour with Blink 182 and Against beginning on August 25 in Winnipeg, Manitoba’s MTS Center and ending up at San Francisco’s Warfield Theater on September 10, with Chemical Romance around for the bumpy ride.
Just to rev up their neglected fans they’ve been posting possible songs for their set list on their Facebook page and having the faithful vote on the songs they want to hear in their two-hour plus set. The reason it’s such a short tour is Rancid are set to go back in the studio in mid-September with their label head, and former Bad Religion guitarist, Brett Gurewitz to begin recording their eighth album.
“It’s always good for us to go out and play some shows, just to get us ready before going into the studio, and that helps bring that live energy to tape.”
On their website they apologized for taking an extended 18-month break, but promised that since 2012 will be their 20th anniversary they plan to do their own worldwide tour.
As for what they’ve been up to in those 18 months, we can tell you that guitarist Tim Armstrong has been working with reggae progenitor, actor, songwriter, and producer Jimmy Cliff on his first studio release in seven years. The EP, produced by Armstrong, will be released on his Collective Sounds label and features a combination of original songs and covers including a cover of the Clash’s “Guns of Brixton.”
The EP foreshadows bigger things, and is a precursor to a new full-length album produced by Armstrong to be released early next year.