Rancid guitarist Tim Armstrong and Slackers
keyboardist Vic Ruggiero have recorded several songs under the
name the Silencers and hope to have an album of traditional ska
songs out by the end of the year, according to Cris "the Wix" Qualiana, publicist
for Armstrong's Hellcat Records label. "They write a lot of songs that
they can't use for their bands, but they want to use them somewhere,"
Qualiana said. Rounding out the Silencers will be a revolving cast of
additional musicians whose chops Armstrong and Ruggiero admire.