Matt Freeman and Tim Armstrong of Rancid have formed a psychobilly side project by the name of Devil’s Brigade. The band features Freeman as lead vocalist/stand-up bass while Tim is on guitars and they will be releasing their self-titled debut ( <= cover art ) August 31st on Hellcat Records. In a recent press release for the release Freeman talks about the upcoming album, its inspiration and what users can expect from the new sound.
“The original concept for this record was going to be a musical,” says Freeman. “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 Devils Brigade record. The other songs were all original Devils Brigade songs from the first demo. We thought they were still good and we should record them again.”
“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 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.”
You can stream a track off the coming album titled I’m Moving Through on the band’s MySpace page.