Lars Frederiksen and Tim Armstrong from Rancid talk to Express Night Out about getting older, having kids, and what punk means today:
I got friends who are my age — I’m 43 — who say punk rock is dead. Really? Why don’t you come to some of these house parties and backyards, get on the mic, stop the shop, make an announcement: “Excuse me, everybody, punk rock is dead” — to a bunch of 17- and 18-year-olds in a backyard somewhere.
Back in the 90s I saw Rancid at the Eastown Works in Grand Rapids (before it was converted into a church). It was an all-ages show, but the elevated bar was kept separate from the moshing throngs below by a chicken wire fence, so we grown-ups could safely enjoy the mayhem. It was perfect. One of the sloppiest shows I’ve ever seen, but one of the most fun.
MP3: Rancid – “Last One to Die” from Let the Dominoes Fall, out now on Epitaph.
Video: Rancid – “Last One To Die”