Having recently released a 46 7″ disc box set, and with a full UK tour beckoning LTW caught up with Lars Frederiksen

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Lars Frederiksen – Rancid – Interview October 2012

I first met Lars last year during his Old Firm Casuals tour, taking photos at the 3 of the shows, he is a very nice guy, instantly allowing me access to the band, some bands can be prima donnas but none of that here, we kept in touch, and when Cock Sparrer announced they were doing 2 shows with Rancid in San Francisco in March of this year, it was a no brainer I had to go – it was a good start to 2012 and with both bands doing the Rebellion Xmas Bash and 3 shows in London ending their Uk December tour. It will be a great end to 2012.

Lars had kindly taken time out of his very busy schedule to answer some of my questions.

Wow 20 years of Rancid, did you ever think it would last this long?
A: Never really sat down and thought about it to be honest. We just played the music we wanted to play and enjoyed doing it.

Were you in any other bands before Rancid?
A: My first real band was called The Knowhere Men. We were an Oi! band straight up. Gordy who sings for the Forgotten was the lead singer. He was also the Unknown Bastard in the Bastards with me. I guess the one that most might know or heard of is the UK SUBS.

What originally attracted you to the punk scene?
A: I came from a working class background. I didn’t grow up rich or middle class so it was natural for me to get into it when I look back. My brother was a skinhead and into a lot of the punk music. He was the one that brought it home back in 79-80 and turned me on to it. We were both outcasts like our other friends who where into it. When the Oi! stuff hit that’s what really hooked me. I related to it 100% even though it was from the UK. The lyrics and the attitude was how I felt inside. I liked the fact that it was our community. It was my culture and has been since I got into it all those years ago.

What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
A: I know there have been many challenges for us but I can’t really think of one that really stands out hahaha. I’m sure we all have personal ones and for me these days it’s leaving the kids to go on tour.

You started the celebrating of 20 years of Rancid this year with 2 shows with Cock Sparrer in San Francisco how did this come about?
A: Daryl and I have been trying to get these shows together since 2003. At that time Sparrer were maybe only doing one show a year. We knew them for a while since the Sparrer family’s would come down to the Rancid gigs when we where in town. After we worked on the record together and they started getting a little busier we talked and we made a loose plan. It took some time to figure it out but thank god it happened. I’m actually glad it happened when it did and not sooner. The way it worked out with milestones for both bands made it that much more special. Those shows where some of the best nights we ever had as a band. I’m just stoked to do it again in the UK.

I was at both shows and thought they were totally rocking, how did Rancid feel about the shows?
A: Plain and simple we loved them!!! It was a dream come true for me personally since I grew up listening to them. They inspired me so much and still do. Also they are a such great guys.

You have just played Rebellion Punk festival this year for the first time, did you enjoy it?
A: Fucking loved it!!

Did you also know at Rebellion you set the record for people coming over the barrier 367?
A: My count had it at 329 but I was bouncing around a lot and could have missed a few

Having your own solo project must be a completely different experience from Rancid. What are the biggest differences?
A: Rancid & The Old Firm Casuals are full time bands for me. There are many differences for sure but the real big ones for me are the amount I sing and the style.

And how do you manage to fit it all in?
A: COFFEE!!

You toured with the Old Firm casuals last year, I was lucky enough to catch the shows, how did the band come about and where did the name come from?
A: We started in October of 2010. I knew Casey from around, and he knew Paul from being in other bands with him. Casey and I were doing a lot of time together and I asked him if he wanted to start a band. We both loved the same music whether it was Oi! punk or hardcore; and it seemed like we would have a few laughs playing together. He was into the idea and I asked if he knew any drummers who where into the same stuff. He mentioned Paul and I called him up. We talked for a few hours and the next weekend we practiced for the first time and wrote 2 songs. The name pays homage to 2 things. First off the Cockney Rejects song “We Are The Firm”. That was always one of my favourites by them and I always thought that would be a good band name in some way shape or form. Secondly it pays homage to The DMS family that I have been a part of for 15 plus years. DMS was one of the first skinhead crews to form back in 86-87 in NYC. After all it’s just a band name.

What makes a good crowd for Lars Frederiksen?
A: When they show up

You have a UK Tour in November/December, What can we look forward too?
A: First off, we are really excited to be playing with a lot of our friends again, so I’m sure the energy will be great. We always love coming to the UK. The country itself was one of the first to get what we were doing and made us feel like one of there own when we first toured back in 93. I think if there is anything to look forward to it would be all the bands that are playing as a whole. Hope to see you there.

Any last words?
A: Yes

Rancid UK Tour 2012

Mandela Hall Belfast 28-11-12
The Academy Dublin 29-11-12
Rock city Nottingham 1-12-12
Barrowlands Glasgow 2-12-12
02 Academy Liverpool 3-12-12
02 Academy Newcastle 4-12-12
02 Academy Leeds 6-12-12
Manchester Academy 7-12-12
Rebellion Xmas Bash, Birmingham 8-12-12
UEA Norwich 10-12-12
02 Academy Bournemouth 11-12-12
02 Academy Bristol 12-12-12
The Forum London 14,15,16, -12-12 (3 nights)

Louder Than War are currently running a Rebellion Xmas Bash ticket competition – Up for grabs are a pair of tickets for the one day festival that includes Rancid, Cock Sparrer, The Exploited, UK Subs, Goldblade, Street Dogs, Dirt Box Disco, The Crows and many many more. Competition closes Saturday 28th October – Enter now.

4 COMMENTS

  1. Time someone let these guys know that the old firm (Celtic and rangers) don’t and never have had casuals associated with them.If they actually knew anything about sectarianism and the politics around Glasgow football they might have picked a different name. Thick Americans.

    • Firstly I must have missed the bit in my interview where it mentions Celtic or rangers secondly who are ya kidding about no casuals with any of them. Am from Aberdeen and been going to games since the 80,s and both glasgow teams have had casuals ,

  2. firstly i dont see celtic and rangers mentioned in the interview , must have miised that bit when i did it.
    2ndly i have been going to game ssince way back in the 80.s and have seen celtic and rangers casuals and americans are not thick.

  3. Firstly, I didn’t say it was mentioned in the interview, I was merely commenting on their name.
    Secondly, I’ve been going to games since the 80’s too and you’re right in a way, both Celtic and rangers did have a tiny element of cashies (Rangers to a larger degree) but they were miniscule compared to A/deen, Hibs, and even Airdrie. You’re talking about 20 odd guys. Amongst 50,000 each.
    I’m objecting to some guy from the States using something so contentious as Old Firm rivalry for his band name when he clearly knows less than nothing about it. He’s even talking about West Ham as if that has anything to do with it ferfucksakes! It comes across as some sad yank wanting a bit of notoriety/association with fitba casuals without knowing the slightest thing about it. Other than that, I liked yr interview!

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