Rancid Frontman Takes Charge For DVD

Southern California punks Rancid will release a DVD sometime before the end of the year, according to a source at Epitaph Records. Details are still being worked out, but footage shot by frontman Tim

Southern California punks Rancid will release a DVD sometime before the end of the year, according to a source at Epitaph Records. Details are still being worked out, but footage shot by frontman Tim Armstrong is likely to be featured.

Armstrong reportedly carried a camera with him nearly everywhere he went throughout the making of Rancid's self-titled album, released last year. Then, after finishing its winter tour, the band went into the studio and filmed itself performing the album in its entirety. This footage, as well as unspecified "bonus material," will make up the bulk of the DVD.

Armstrong has been quite the aspiring filmmaker in recent years. The hoarse-voiced singer filmed "a few videos" for the last album, as well as three videos for Rancid guitarist Lars Frederiksen's side project, the Bastards. The videos are previously unseen, according to the source.

The singer has previously directed the video for Rancid's "Nihilism," and co-directed "Ruby Soho" with Jim Guerinot, and "Salvation" with Mark Kohr. He also directed the clip for Joe Stummer and the Mescaleros' "Tony Adams."

"Rancid" the album peaked at No. 69 on The Billboard 200 last August, and has sold more than 100,000 copies, according to SoundScan. Rancid the band are set to appear on this summer's Warped Tour, kicking off June 22 in Phoenix.