The 11th Hour, Episode #9: Old Friend

The 11th Hour is a podcast where two dudes in their 40s discuss a different Rancid song each week. They reflect on their lives, their (inexplicable) fandom, and why certain parts of our youth continue to hold meaning beyond simple nostalgia. Is it a midlife crisis or honest self-reflection? Join us on a journey to the end and find out. Follow along on Twitter or Instagram and find The 11th Hour on your favorite streaming/podcast app (StitcherAppleSpotify, etc) – and, of course, always on Foxy Digitalis.


Episode #9: Old Friend

The guys dig into Rancid’s embrace of ska and how that opened up so many new avenues and possibilities for the band. This standout from …And Out Comes the Wolves has Tim at his whispery, vulnerable best and on-point Lars’ solos. Brad loves Matt’s basslines on the ska tracks especially even if his impression of them is circusy and Sam digs into how the band uses track sequencing to create narrative. Is there a secret formula for songs like this? How long will the chorus get stuck in your head after listening to this episode?

Brad Rose is the the principal writer and editor-in-chief of Foxy Digitalis, an online music magazine and has run various DIY record labels for the last 30 years. Sam Melancon runs Debacle Records, an experimental record label out of Seattle, WA.


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