Lars Frederiksen: Growing Up Punk
Forever Raw, Rancid, and Punk
Rancid are one of the world’s biggest ever punk bands. Formed in California in 1991, they have sold more than four million albums worldwide.
Vocalist and guitarist Lars Frederiksen has been with them since 1993, and he also fronts his own streetpunk band The Old Firm Casuals. Son of a Danish mother and an Italian-American father, Lars has devoted his life to his vision of punk and the old ideals of uniting different youth tribes against the system.
Tonight, he speaks frankly to Garry about his childhood experiences growing up with gang violence, and how UK rock weekly Sounds helped him survive the US equivalent of borstal.
His love of, and enduring fascination with, English low culture made him a life-long Millwall fan, inspired him to write a Rancid song about London semi-gangster Dave Courtney… and to join the UK Subs.
Both Rancid and the Old Firm Casuals have recently released new albums. The OFC brought out For The Love Of It All while just this month Rancid released their eighth full-length record, Honor Is All We Know.