Rancid went into Fantasy Studios yesterday (Thurs., Feb.
29) in the toney industrial district of Berkeley, California to record some
demos with Michael Rosen, who engineered And Out Come The Wolves. Tim
"Lint" Armstrong especially likes this particular studio because it's only five
minutes from his house, and of course because he has charmed the studio
personnel during the band's previous visits. Every morning the studio manager
runs out and buys Armstrong a case of Crystal Geyser water (Armstrong has been
clean and sober for some time now) and yesterday he requested a pair of
earplugs (does that bode well for the tone of this new record, we wonder?). We
tried to squeeze some news about antics of this irreverent band, but the studio
dogs told us, "they've got the windows covered up." So of course that only
makes us more curious about what goes on in there. Undeterred we pressured the
folks at Epitaph to see why the band booked five days at Fantasy (and paid for
them themselves). According to Epitaph, the band is not recording a new album.
We were told that Rancid are on a "long record cycle, and probably won't be
recording another album for a year. But you know how prolific they are-- they
just don't want to forget the new songs that they've written so they booked
time so they could get them all down. By the time they get ready to record,
they'll probably have 50 songs."