Honor Is All We Know

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...Honor Is All We Know
Rancid Honor Is All We Know Album Artwork.jpg
Studio album by Rancid
Released October 27, 2014
Recorded February–March 2013
Studio
Genre Punk rock, ska punk
Length 32:47
Label Hellcat, Epitaph
Producer Brett Gurewitz
Rancid chronology
Let the Dominoes Fall
(2009)Let the Dominoes Fall2009
...Honor Is All We Know
(2014)
Trouble Maker
(2017)Trouble Maker2017
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Punknews.org 3.5/5 stars[1]

...Honor Is All We Know is the eighth studio album by the American punk rock band Rancid, released on October 27, 2014.[2] It is the band's first studio album since Let the Dominoes Fall (2009), and their second one to be recorded under its current incarnation (Tim Armstrong, Lars Frederiksen, Matt Freeman and Branden Steineckert). Work on ...Honor Is All We Know began in 2011 and it was originally planned for a 2012 release, but was repeatedly delayed while the band continued touring and writing new material, and its members were busy with their own projects. After three years of writing and recording, the album was finished in 2014. ...Honor is all We Know is Rancid's shortest studio album; at under 33 minutes, it is a-minute-and-a-half shorter than their 1993 self-titled debut album. This is also the first Rancid album to be released on Epitaph Records since 1998's Life Won't Wait.

Background and recording[edit]

Rancid began work on ...Honor Is All We Know as early as 2011. Asked in August 2010 if Rancid was going to release an eighth studio album anytime soon, bassist Matt Freeman replied, "We haven't really figured that out yet. We're not going anywhere [Laughs]. We're going to do something, we just don't know what it is yet. We're always together and we all talk everyday. We're just doing different stuff right now."[3] On May 27, 2011, Rancid announced that they would do a small US tour supporting Blink-182 from August 25 through September 4, 2011, to enable them to warm up before entering the studio in September to begin recording their eighth studio album with producer Brett Gurewitz,[4] they announced that they would embark on a 20th anniversary world tour in 2012 to accompany the album.[5] However, the album did not arrive in 2012, and frontman Tim Armstrong stated that it would be released after Transplants' third album In a Warzone.[6]

On February 6, 2013, Rancid uploaded a picture to their Facebook page of the band in the studio with the caption, "Recording has begun."[7] Branden also noted on his Instagram page that recording was completed in March 2013, but did not explain the reason for the release delay; in a December 2013 interview on Reddit, drummer Branden Steineckert revealed that the eighth Rancid studio album was called ...Honor Is All We Know, and would be released in early 2014.[8]

The track listing and artwork for ...Honor Is All We Know were revealed on September 28, 2014,[9] and on the day after, Rancid announced that the album would be released on October 27, 2014.[10] Armstrong originally recorded the title track as part of his side project Tim Timebomb.

On September 30, 2014, Rancid released a performance video of "Collision Course", "Honor Is All We Know" and "Evil's My Friend",[11] the band started to preview the album's songs through their website a few days later with the release of "Face Up", "Already Dead" and "Diabolical", which followed over a week later.

The album includes a cover of Everybody Suffering by Laurel Aitken and retitled Everybody's Sufferin'. This is the first cover the band has released on a full length since they covered Get Out of My Way by The Uptones on their debut LP. Everybody's Sufferin' is miscredited as being written by Rancid in the liner notes.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Rancid except "Honor Is All We Know" written by Tim Armstrong and "Everybody's Sufferin'" written by Laurel Aitken (original titled "Everybody Suffering").[12].

No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Back Where I Belong" Armstrong 2:12
2. "Raise Your Fist" Armstrong 3:05
3. "Collision Course" Armstrong, Frederiksen 1:57
4. "Evil's My Friend" Armstrong 2:10
5. "Honor Is All We Know" Armstrong, Frederiksen, Freeman 2:12
6. "A Power Inside" Armstrong 2:04
7. "In the Streets" Armstrong, Frederiksen 2:26
8. "Face Up" Armstrong, Frederiksen 1:35
9. "Already Dead" Armstrong, Frederiksen 2:22
10. "Diabolical" Armstrong 3:12
11. "Malfunction" Armstrong, Frederiksen 2:26
12. "Now We're Through With You" Armstrong 1:52
13. "Everybody's Sufferin'" Armstrong 2:56
14. "Grave Digger" Armstrong, Frederiksen 2:20

Bonus tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Rancid

Additional musicians

Production

  • Brett Gurewitz – producer
  • Tim Armstrong - mixer
  • Kevin Bivona – mixer, engineer
  • Phillip Broussard Jr. - engineer
  • Jeff Halbert - assistant engineer
  • Ruff Stewart - studio tech
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 34
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 151
US Billboard 200[15] 20
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[16] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Punknews.org review
  2. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/browse/albums/release-date/coming-soon/date
  3. ^ "Interview with Rancid's Matt Freeman". RoomThirteen.com. August 22, 2010. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rancid Ready To Record New Album". musicfeeds.com.au. June 1, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Rancid: New Album In 2012". Ultimate-Guitar.com. May 31, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Tim Armstrong Interview TIM TIMEBOMB'S ROCKNROLL THEATER". collider.com. November 26, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Rancid Reveal New Album Is Officially On The Way". musicfeeds.com.au. February 6, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rancid drummer reveals some album details". Punknews.org. December 5, 2013. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Rancid releases new album track list, art". Punknews.org. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Pre-Order - ...Honor Is All We Know". rancidrancid.com. September 29, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SCF1zbsBfU
  12. ^ https://genius.com/Laurel-aitken-everybody-suffering-lyrics
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Rancid – ...Honor Is All We Know". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  14. ^ "Ultratop.be – Rancid – ...Honor Is All We Know" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  15. ^ "Rancid Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
  16. ^ "Rancid Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 November 2014.