Volume 95, Issue 3

Thursday, June 7, 2001


If the Lights are on, dance

Who would have guessed: Canada is art?

Only Superstars are Hardcore

Rancid alter ego misses mark

Rancid alter ego misses mark

Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards
Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards
Hellcat Records

2 stars

With all great bands, there is inevitably a side project and Rancid is by no means an exception.

The self-titled debut by Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards should come as no surprise Rancid has proven to be one of the most successful punk bands ever. After being together for such a lengthy amount of time, it's understandable certain band members would want to try new things, while others just want to rest.

This release, produced by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, carries some diversity as it attempts to tackle both punk and rockabilly. The lead song, "Dead American," is a brutally emotional track painting a bloody picture of war in hopes of raising awareness. 

"Wine and Roses," on the other hand, is more of a ballad aimed towards Frederiksens' old crew, the Skunx. This song slows the pace of the otherwise intense album, but still delivers a strong punch.

Musically, this band is always going to be compared to Rancid and although this album does sound good, it lacks any strong creativity in guitar riffs they are very simple and the bass lines simply play along, showing few signs of creativity. 

The band also covers "To Have And To Have Not," originally done by Billy Bragg, and Motorhead's "Leaving Here." As the CD booklet explains in Lars' words, the reason they covered the two songs was simple: "Tim always thought that song was written about us and Motorhead's my favorite band."

From start to finish, the disc lacks real flow. Each song is totally unlike the last and although this sometimes works, here the loudness of each melody makes the unorganized listening experience difficult to handle all at once.

One thing is for sure, Lars Frederiksen And The Bastards make up what they lack creatively in raw emotion. The album is definitely worth a spin just don't expect to hear Rancid on this release because it's a totally different band and should be treated as such.

Dale Wyatt

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