Rancid is an American punk rock band. The band was formed by Tim Armstrong and Matt Freeman (both previously played in the influential ska punk band Operation Ivy) in Albany, California in 1991. The band was given credit (with Greenday and The Offspring) in helping to restore the popular interest in punk rock in United States in the mid 90's.
Rancid consist of Armstrong on guitar and vocals, Freeman on bass and vocals, Lars Frederiksen on guitar and vocals, and Branden Steineckert on drums. In 1993, Frederiksen joined the band when it is searching for a second guitar player.
Up to the present, Rancid has released seven studio albums, one split, one compilation, two EPs, a series of live online-only albums, and has been featured on many compilations. They have sold nearly 4 million records throughout the world, which make them one of the most successful independent punk bands of all time. in 1994 the group become popular with their second album, Let's Go, featuring the single "Salvation". In the next year, the band released their very successful album "And Out Come the Wolves", which created their popular hits "Roots Radicals", "Ruby Soho" and "Time Bomb", and was certified gold and platinum by the RIAA. Their following three albums: Life Won't Wait, Rancid and Indestructible were also highly appreciated, but it is not as successful as "And Out Come the Wolves". In June 2009, Rancid's latest studio album "Let the Dominoes Fall" was released .