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Matt Freeman of Rancid is the John Entwistle of punk rock. The guy is a real one-off; in musicianship terms about as far away from the archetypal punk bassist as it’s possible to get.
Freeman can rip blistering runs from his bass - his live solos are the stuff of legend - or come up with a solid ska bass line just like he played on Up To No Good on the 2009 Rancid album, Let The Dominoes Fall. To hear Matt in truly blistering form try to find the Rancid cover of Sham 69’s If The Kids Are United. The bass intro is incredible. Just like the solo in Maxwell Murder in fact...
Band(s): Operation Ivy, Rancid, Devil’s Brigade
Gear: Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass