The Punk-Rock outfit Rancid formed in Albany, California USA in 1991 by singer+guitarist Tim Armstrong and bassist Matt Freeman after the dissolution of their first band, Operation Ivy; the pair tapped the shoulder of drummer Brett Reed and began performing as a trio.
In 1992 they released their first EP, which attracted the attention
of Bad Religion's guitarist Brett
Gurewitz who was the founder of the Epitaph Records, the trio signed for
this label and in April of 1993 released their self-titled debut album.
Around this time the band played a few live shows with Green
Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, but eventually opted for Lars Frederiksen
as second guitarist.
The quartet released in 1994 their second album, "Let's Go" which debuted at #2 on the Billboard's Top Heatseekers list and the single "Salvation" peaked at #21 on The Modern Rock chart; the record achieved gold then platinum status and Rancid were attracting the attention of majors but they refused to sign with Maverick and Epic.
A year later, the band issued "...And Out Come The Wolves", which took them to #45 on The Billboard Top 200 Albums chart; "Time Bomb" hit #8 on The Modern Rock Tracks chart, the next two single cuts, "Roots Radical" and "Ruby Soho" reached respectively the #27 and #13 in the same chart, helping the album go platinum.
The band returned to action in 1998 with the even more Ska-Reggae "Life Won't Wait", partially recorded in Jamaica; the album climbed into the top 40 of The Billboard 200 chart.
During 1999 Tim Armstrong started The Transplants, a side project which featured vocalist Rob Aston and drummer Travis Barker from Blink-182.
Rancid issued its second self-titled album in the summer of 2000, despite the commercial failure the group's fifth effort was acclaimed by the Punk critics.
Three years later the quartet released "Indestructible", the set soared to #15 in U.S. Top 200, their best chart-placing to date; the first single off of the CD, "Fall Back Down", hit #13 on Modern Rock chart.