1994 Again: Green Day and Rancid to Release New Albums

Remember 1994, when East Bay punk bands ruled the world? Green Day’s Dookie dropped in ’94, as did Rancid’s Let’s Go (the more successful …And Out Come the Wolves followed in ’05). “Basket Case” and “When I Come Around;” “Time Bomb” and “Ruby Soho:” Ah, those were the glory days. Who would’ve thought that fifteen years later, these two pillars of the East Bay punk revival scene would again release new albums in the same summer? Perhaps no one, especially considering Green Day’s unlikely blockbuster success with American Idiot and Rancid’s internal strife, lineup changes, and brief hiatus in the mid-’00s. But here they are, poised to launch a pair of new records in ’09. Green Day’s eighth studio album, 21st Century Breakdown (produced by Butch Vig [Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Sonic Youth]), is due May 15 on Warner Bros. Rancid’s seventh album, Let the Dominoes Fall (produced by Brett Gurewitz [Bad Religion]), is due two weeks later on June 2 on Hellcat/Epitaph. Time for another Journey to the End of the East Bay!

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