Rancid’s Matt Freeman Discusses New Devil’s Brigade Album and Tour

Devil's BrigadeRancid’s Matt Freeman will be making the switch to upright for his side project, Devil’s Brigade. Devil’s Brigade will be releasing a self-titled debut album on August 31st with a tour to follow through September and October. The project began between Freeman and guitarist Tim Armstrong, who wrote songs between their tours. Devil’s Brigade recorded a few EP’s, but ultimately has been kept under wraps while Rancid was active.

“The original concept for this record was going to be a musical,” the bassist said of the 12-track album. “Tim had been kicking around an idea of doing a musical about the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. He had the title ‘Half Way To Hell Club.’ This was based on the name for the bridge workers who fell off the bridge while it was being built and fell into the safety net that was between them and the ocean. We grew up in the East Bay looking at that bridge and it has always been a part of our lives. Six of those songs ended up on the Devil’s Brigade record. The other songs were all original Devil’s Brigade songs from the first demo. We thought they were still good and we should record them again.”

Freeman is enthusiastic about the work, adding that the process has been a pleasurable one. “It was a great vibe in the studio,” Matt adds. “The record has a real live and loose vibe. Loose in a good way. Tim’s guitar style blended really well with DJ [BoneBrake] and everything clicked very quickly. We had a lot of fun making this record. I am going to take it out on the road whenever I can when Rancid is not doing anything.”

Devil’s Brigade Track Listing:

1. I’m Movin Through
2. My Own Man Now
3. Shakedown
4. Bridge Of Gold(featuring Tim Armstrong and Lars Frederiksen)
5. Darlene
6. Ride Harley
7. Who’s Gonna Save You Now
8. Desperate Times
9. Vampire Girl
10. Gentleman Of the Road(featuring Tim Armstrong)
11. Protest Song
12. Half Way To Hell

Devil’s Brigade Tour Dates 2010:

  • Sept 7 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
  • Sept 9 – St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
  • Sept 10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
  • Sept 11 – Orlando, FL – Firestone Live
  • Sept 12 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Café
  • Sept 13 – Charleston, SC – The Oasis
  • Sept 14 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
  • Sept 16 – Washington, DC – Rock and Roll Hotel
  • Sept 17 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
  • Sept 18 – New York City, NY – The Gramercy Theatre
  • Sept 19 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met Café
  • Sept 21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
  • Sept 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel
  • Sept 23 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
  • Sept 24 – Hamtramck, MI – Small’s
  • Sept 25 – Chicago, IL – Reggies Rock Club
  • Sept 26 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
  • Sept 28 – Dallas, TX – The Loft
  • Sept 29 – Austin, TX – Red Seven
  • Oct 7 – Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
  • Oct 8 – Santa Ana, CA – Galaxy Theatre
  • Oct 9 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
  • Oct 16 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
  • Oct 19 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre
  • Oct 20 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey
  • Oct 21 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House
  • Oct 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
  • Oct 23 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
  • Oct 24 – Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep

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