In June, Rancid will release their first album in six years, 'Let The Dominoes Fall,' and this is out first taster of the new album.
Clocking in at just over two minutes, 'Last One To Die' doesn't hang about, pitching us straight into a verse of rough and ready vocals and whining background riffs. But, it's with the chorus that Rancid really go for the listener's throat, as frontman Tim Armstrong triumphantly informs us that "we're going up / and you're going down / we're still around."
However, the chorus of 'Last One To Die' has a surprisingly melodic sound, as harmonious "aaaah, aaaah" backing vocals simmer away in the background and Rancid throw in some smooth backing chants of "last one to die!"
It's a very neatly put-together chorus and, while the tuneful support vocals may be too poppy for some fans, Tim Armstrong's snot-nosed vocals keep 'Last One To Die' sounding punk, even when it's at its most infectious.
'Last One To Die' is instantly likeable, melodic punk rock. It's just lacking that rawness and sense of danger you'd expect from the self-proclaimed "seminal punk band."