Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards
Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards was formed after Lars' friend and bandmate in Rancid, Tim Armstrong suggested writing songs about growing up in Campbell, California. What resulted was the critically acclaimed self-titled debut album that was released in 2001, a record about everything from drinking, fighting, gangs, street life, and more. Included on the self-titled record also included covers of Billy Bragg (“To Have And To Have Not”) and Holland-Dozier-Holland’s “Leaving Here.” Famed The Village Voice writer Robert Christgau hailed the record "Starts off oi, speeds up, and never lacks tune…"
After touring in support of the record, Lars and Tim found some downtime to get together and write the follow-up record, Viking, which chronicled Lars’ recent life and included covers of The Blasters’ “Marie Marie” and “For You” (Anti-Nowhere League). In addition, Lars tapped an all-star cast to help round out the record including Armstrong, Skinhead Rob (guest vocals on “Switchblade”) and Epitaph founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz to mix the record. The album peaked at #17 on the Billboard Independent Albums and #18 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums.
After years of inactivity, Pirates Press Records unearthed a previously unheard live recording from the spring of 2001. Live ’N Loud!! captures the band’s ferocious energy in ways that many live recordings never could - truly showing how powerful and dynamic Lars Frederiksen & The Bastards was. Released in November 2017, a huge response occurred - selling out the rare “Smoke” vinyl in mere hours! Although the band is not (currently) active, the fanbase is still as enthusiastic and supportive has they were over a decade ago. Keep letting the band know how much you love them - you never know - they might just get the itch to play all those incredible tracks once again.