The Rancid Punx have a streak. Its been brought to my attention that since 2000, Rancid or members of , have put out a record every year. Heres a break down of the past six years. In 2000 there was RANCID V. In 2001, the release of Lars solo record, LARS FREDERIKSEN AND THE BASTARDS. 2002, the Transplants dropped our first album. Rancids INDESTRUCTIBLE was put out in 2003. Lars second solo record, THE VIKING, was released in 2004. Travis, Rob, and I went back into the studio to work on the Transplants 2nd album, HAUNTED CITIES, which dropped in 2005. And for 2007, Rancid will have out our seventh record. This year 2006, were going to keep the streak going. Ive been in the studio, recording songs and decided to put them out as a solo record. This album is going to be different from the rest, mainly because were going to give it away for free on the internet. Its our way of saying thanks to everyone, for all the support over the years.
The next record Ill be working on is Rancids seventh album. Were recording it as soon as we get off the road in December. Our plan is to jump into the studio right after tour, thats when our playing and singing is the strongest.
In the upcoming years, I hope to make another Transplants album. I love recording with those guys. Were not sure if were going to make another Bastards record. But you never know because the last one came about kind of organically after the Rancid Japan 2004 tour. Lars and I went into a studio in Tokyo, and demoed a handful of songs that ended up becoming the VIKING.
The first song and video off my solo record is called Hold On. It was recorded with the Aggrolites in Los Angeles. This track has an old school sound. We put one mic on the drums and everything was played live, keeping it real raw. The video was shot in one night wth a group of friends. Lars even flew down from SF to hang out and be in it. In the months to come I plan on dropping the rest of the record for free on the internet, one track at a time.