Rancid is a punk rock band that was formed in 1991 in Berkeley, California, by Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong (former members of Operation Ivy). Rancid includes four members; Tim Armstrong on guitar and vocals, with Matt Freeman on bass and vocals and Brett Reed on drums; after searching for a second guitar player in 1993, Matt met Lars Frederiksen and he was added to the band on guitar and vocals, to round out the line up. Brett left the band in 2006 after fifteen years of serving and he was replaced by The Used's Branden Steineckert.
They are credited, along with fellow California bands The Offspring and Green Day, with reviving mainstream popular interest in punk rock in the United States during the mid 1990s.
Some of their songs are about or allude to famous people or events.