Punk outfit the Transplants, the brainchild of Rancid's Tim Armstrong, has lined up a string of California tour dates to preview its forthcoming Epitaph/Hellcat album. The group -- featuring Armstrong

Punk outfit the Transplants, the brainchild of Rancid's Tim Armstrong, has lined up a string of California tour dates to preview its forthcoming Epitaph/Hellcat album. The group -- featuring Armstrong on guitar, Blink-182 principal Travis Barker behind the drums, and vocalist Rob Aston -- will be joined by Rancid bassist Matt Freeman for the nine dates.

The Transplants' self-titled album is due Oct. 8, and the band will be opening for the Distillers, featuring Armstrong's wife Brody on vocals. An Epitaph spokesperson likens the ideology of the Transplants to Armstrong's legendary pre-Rancid group, Operation Ivy: "Operation Ivy mixed punk with ska with an unknown singer." The Transplants, on the other hand, are said to experiment with electronic and industrial sounds.

The Transplants is Barker's second project away from Blink-182. His first album with Box Car Racer, which also includes Blink's Tom DeLonge, recently debuted at No. 12 on The Billboard 200. The group's "I Fell So" continues to march up Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks tally, reaching a new peak position of No. 8 this week. DeLonge recently told Billboard.com that the band's multiple extracurricular activities will not interfere with the core group.

Rancid, meanwhile, recently released a split album with NOFX, part of series from California label BYO in which each band covers songs from the other. The set reached No. 6 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums tally.

Here are the Transplants/Distillers tour dates:

July 19: Anaheim, Calif. (House of Blues)
July 20: San Diego (the Scene)
July 21: Pomona, Calif. (Glass House)
July 22: Santa Cruz, Calif. (Veterans Hall)
July 24: Sacramento (Colonial Theatre)
July 25: San Francisco (Slim's)
July 26: Hanford, Calif. (Square 8)
July 27-28: Los Angeles (Roxy)

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