Rancid Says Punk Is Still Not Dead

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.

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Via punknews.

Video: Rancid – “Last One To Die”

4 thoughts on “Rancid Says Punk Is Still Not Dead”

  1. beulah’s song silver lining pretty much sums up my opinion on punk rock. it’s always going to be there in one form or another. as long as there are kids with attitude with a sense that they’re up against something, there will be punk rock. the sound may change from time to time, but the sentiment will always be there.

  2. No, no. Did you see our latest video? It’s dead. We’ve spent a lot of money making sure of that. I’m sorry, but it’s over.

  3. Right now there’s an add on the right side of the screen for punkmatch.com – apparently a punk dating site. Oy!

    I saw X a few years back and Exene said that punk isn’t dead, it just need to take a nap once in a while.

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