Rancid Vat


Rancid Vat Burger Belsen LP

The music on this disc is definitive RANCID VAT—loose punk rock, infused with a gritty guitar sound and often hysterical lyrics. The individual tunes lack distinctiveness by and large, but the fart choruses in “Low Blow” and the goofy cover art help make up for it. Spirited, and basically okay.

Rancid Vat Profiles in Pain EP

Fusing punk with noise damage, this release is much more accessible than I would have predicted, based on their earlier album. It features older-style punk riffs that sound nice and out-front, with really clear vocals, simple beats, and dissonance coming from somewhere. As the title might indicate, the songs focus on some of the nastier disappointments in life.