By now everyone knows about Travis Barker (Blink 182) and Tim Armstrong’s (Rancid) commercially collaborative effort that spawned the single ‘Diamonds & Guns'. But, what a lot of MTV generation Fox Kids punks haven’t heard is the full length album from the energy filled trio. While the songwriting seems almost rushed, the promise of a heavier, more angst induced Rancid is alive and well.
In what is, ironically, a return to form for Armstrong, he kicks out one of his best tracks to date in ‘One Seventeen,’ a song about getting fXed up and fighting, what else should punk be about? Although the songs themselves could use a little work if this is indeed a long term project, the future of the Transplants is stronger than any punk band around.