Rancid Hops To Warner Bros.
Veteran punk outfit Rancid will jump to Warner Bros. Records for its sixth studio album.Veteran punk outfit Rancid will jump to Warner Bros. Records for its sixth studio album and first since their self-titled 2000 release. "This is true," confirms a representative from Epitaph Records, the band's long time home. The as-yet-untitled titled disc, due Aug. 26, was produced by Epitaph head and founding Bad Religion member Brett Gurewitz.
Hellcat Records, Rancid's label and home to records by the late Joe Strummer and the Dropkick Murphys, will continue to be aligned with Epitaph. The Distillers, a Hellcat band fronted by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's estranged spouse Brody, also jumped to Warner Bros. imprint Sire earlier this year. That group is working on its label debut with producer Gil Norton.
"Rancid" peaked at No. 68 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 153,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Since then, group members have remained active. In 2001, guitarist Lars Frederiksen released a solo project on Hellcat, "Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards."
Rancid's split single with NOFX was released in March 2002, followed in October by the self-titled debut from the Transplants, featuring Tim Armstrong, Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and vocalist Rob Aston. Various members of Rancid are involved with the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!," which will be released later this year by Hellcat Pictures.
As previously reported, Rancid will headline this summer's Vans Warped Tour, which kicks off June 19 in Boise, Idaho.