Brody Dalle, one of the best female punk singers in recent times, performs a cover of the Misfit’s “Hybrid Moments.” While no one can compare to Danzig’s version, she does a really good job. Her naturally raspy voice is suited to the song perfectly. Although Brody Dalle was unfortunately embroiled in controversy with her messy divorce from Rancid lead singer Tim Armstrong, it shouldn’t overshadow her own talent and body of work. The punk rock world, in particular, could benefit from more female lead singers.
Rancid has released a video that features tracks from their eagerly-awaited new album “Honor Is All We Know.” You can listen to it below. It’s hard to be too critical of Rancid, because it’s like a dearly missed friend returning. But, overall, I like it and it has the catchiness that Rancid is known for. What do you think?
Rancid is one of the most influential and popular punk bands to exist in recent times. Greatly influenced by The Clash and the Ramones, they nonetheless managed to forge new ground with songs like “Ruby Soho.” Lead singer Tim Armstrong has emerged as a singular force in the punk world, starting Hellcat Records and nurturing new punk talent like The Interrupters and at one time The Distillers. In short, Tim Armstrong and Rancid have helped keep punk alive – and above ground – not just in the memories and history books of a bygone era. Punk fans have grown to love and respect Armstrong as a true pioneer of punk.
While Tim Armstrong has been so busy with his behind the scenes work, it seemed like he had put his own band Rancid almost permanently on the backburner. There have been rumblings that Rancid’s new album “Honor Is All We Know” was set to be released in June 2014, but June came and went without a stir. Music insiders claimed that he was so busy with helping other artists release their work, the Rancid album had been put on the backburner yet again.
So, finally, and with great anticipation Rancid has released the artwork for their new album and the tracklist. They both can be viewed below. The artwork is well, ehhhh, sort of underwhelming. But it’s about the music and not the artwork, so hopefully Rancid was too busy pumping out great music to worry about the artwork. So here’s to hoping that Rancid will help breathe some much needed life and energy into the current punk scene!
Rancid may be the closest thing punk rock has to beloved and revered veterans now that most of The Ramones have passed away. They have been on hiatus for many years, with the lead singer Tim Armstrong staying busy with his record label Hellcat Records, and his own musical projects under the name Tim Timebomb. Tim Armstrong may be one of the most beloved men in punk rock, with his personal struggles with relationships (Brody Dalle) and drugs, perhaps only endearing himself to punk rock fans.
Rancid more than any other band, except for perhaps Green Day, brought ska punk to the masses, reaching beyond the hardcore punk fans. They will be releasing an album “Honor Is All We Know” reportedly in June. And, realistically, it’s one of the biggest and most mainstream releases the punk rock world has seen in a long time.