Lars Frederiksen (guitar), Brett Reed (drums), Matt Freeman (bass) and Tim Armstrong (25 November 1966, Oakland, California, USA; vocals/guitar) provide street-level punk with their ideas informed and inspired by a youth of blue-collar poverty in Albany, California, USA. Armstrong and Freeman (often under the alias Matt McCall) had formed their first band, Operation Ivy, in 1987 with Dave Mello (drums) and Jesse Michaels (vocals). When that band split up in 1989, Freeman, Armstrong and Reed became Rancid. They made their debut in 1992 with a five-track 7-inch single, Im Not The Only One. After flirting with the idea of using Green Days Billie Joe Armstrong as a second guitarist, Rancid were contacted by Brett Gurewitzs Epitaph Records, with a view to recording their debut album. During these sessions Reed met Frederiksen (guitar, ex-Slip, UK Subs), and invited him to join the band. He did so, and Rancids self-titled debut was...
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