Berkeley punk rock greats Rancid, my favorite band of all time, return today with their new album Trouble Maker, the follow-up to 2014’s Honor Is All We Know. It’s a burly, melodic sprint of an album, with 19 song in 41 minutes. And it touches on a lot of the different sounds that Rancid have played with in their long career, from gang-shout street-punk to high-stepping ska-punk to vaguely folky sermonizing. And while the new album isn’t on a level with what Rancid were doing in the ’90s, it’s closer than anyone might expect. If you’ve never liked Rancid, this album won’t convince you. But if you’ve always loved them, it’s like a hug from an old friend. We’ve posted the early songs “Ghost Of A Chance,” “Telegraph Avenue,” and “Where I’m Going.” And right now, you can stream the whole album below.
Trouble Maker is out now on Epitaph.