The first time I heard Rancid was this legendary song Salvation. Rancid was formed in 1991 in San Francisco by Tim Armstrong (Vocals/Guitar) and Matt Freeman (Bass). Tim Armstrong suffered from major fondness of the sauce. Matt a life long friend suggested that the duo start a band, which was in part to help his friend with recovery. The two joined and a musical union was formed. Brett Reed, a roommate of Armstrong, joined the band as drummer a short while later.