Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection, chosen by Afternoon Show host Kevin Cole, is “Dominoes Fall” by Rancid from the 2009 album Let The Dominoes Fall on Hellcat Records
Rancid is a band with a long history. To a fledgling young punk rocker, these guys may be as close to “living legends” as they’ll likely ever get. In fact, not many bands have been doing it for as long as these guyshave . Fans of Rancid will probably remember that it all started with a great little ska band called Operation Ivy. When that band broke up after just two short years, Matt Freeman (bass/vocals) and Tim Armstrong (lead vocals/guitar) messed around with a few other bands before finally forming Rancid in 1991. During the mid 90′s, the band drew a tremendous amount of buzz that fortified into long term success. Now, those young punks are old punks but continue to make vital music. In addition to Rancid, the guys have managed to keep pretty busy throughout the years; both Matt and Tim have had solo albums and side projects that have kept them away at times, sometimes even for years (the band’s last album, Indestructible, was recorded in 2003), though bands like Social Distortion and The Transplants seem like good enough distractions. This year, in May, Rancid released their seventh studio album. The new music takes off right where Indestructible left and doesn’t miss a beat. Longtime fans are enjoying it and are those who have come to them after hearing Tim Armstrong’s fantastic solo LP from 2007, A Poet’s Life. Proving they still have appeal across subgenres and generations, Rancid even appeared recently on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. It’s interesting to note that another group of punk icons, Green Day, also released a new album this year; the argument is which band do you think is truer to form or does it even matter? It’s an interesting comparisons that seems to put punks at one camp or the other, but one thing most everyone can agree on is that Let the Dominoes Fall is not too bad for a bunch of punks from California.
Rancid is currently on tour, but I’m sorry to tell any West Coasters that they’ve already hit our side and are heading east, appearing in Arizona tonight and in Texas soon after. You can follow their tour on their MySpace page and website and hope it doesn’t take another six years for their next release. Until then, here’s “Last One to Die,” also from the new album: