California punk veterans Rancid are currently in West Beach Studios in Hollywood, California, putting the finishing touches on a new album, the band's first in three years.The follow-up to 1998's "Life Won't Wait" will arrive on August 2 on Rancid lead singer Tim Armstrong's Epitaph-distributed Hellcat Records and is being produced by Epitaph founder-owner and former Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. An Epitaph representative could not confirm any of the guests that will turn up on the album, but there's bound to be some surprises. "Life Won't Wait" featured guest shots from a diverse list that included Roddy Radiation, Lynval Golding, and Neville Staples of U.K. ska outfit The Specials, Hepcat, dancehall reggae toaster Buju Banton, Mighty Mighty Bosstone Dicky Barrett, and Agnostic Front's Roger Miret. On a somewhat related note, Rancid's distributing label, Epitaph Records, has just signed U.K. electronica specialist Tricky. The cutting-edge producer will
release an EP in Europe and in the U.S. this summer, followed by an album on Epitaph Europe/Anti Records at the end of the year.