Rancid Gets Help From Specials, Bosstones, Hepcat For "Life Won't Wait"

With a little help from members of the Specials, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Hepcat, northern California punk purveyors Rancid are preparing to return to record racks with "Life Won't Wait" this summer.

The album, the band's follow-up to its 1995 big-market breakthrough "...And Out Come The Wolves," will arrive courtesy of Epitaph Records on June 30 and will feature a number of the group's musically-minded friends.

Roddy Radiation, Lynal Golding, and Neville Staples of ska-kings the Specials turn up on a track called "Hooligans," while members of Hepcat lend vocals to "Hoover Street," a tale of addiction. The album will also boast a cameo from Agnostic Front singer Roger Miret on a song titled "Something In The World Today."

As we first reported last year, Bosstones frontman Dicky Barrett also popped in the studio with Rancid, and will turn up on the song "Cash, Culture & Violence."

The band will

soon shoot a video for the album's first single, a track called "Bloodclot" (a song that carried lyrical references to Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Ramones), with video director Nick Egan. Rancid will spend the better part of the summer co-headlining this summer's Vans Warped tour, which as we reported yesterday kicks off on June 30 in Phoenix, Arizona.