Branden Steineckert

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Branden Steineckert
Born (1978-04-21) April 21, 1978 (age 38)
Pocatello, Idaho
Genres Post-hardcore, punk rock, ska
Occupation(s) Musician, drummer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, drums, percussion programming
Labels Hellcat
Associated acts The Used, Rancid, Apocalypse Radio

Branden Steineckert (born April 21, 1978), is the drummer for the punk rock band Rancid. He was previously the drummer of The Used, but it was announced on September 12, 2006 that he was no longer a part of the band.


Steineckert is an avid soccer fan and supporter of Real Salt Lake, a Major League Soccer (MLS) club based in Sandy, Utah. He is a season ticket holder and writer of the official team chant 'Believe'.[1]

Branden was born in Pocatello, Idaho, and was raised in a Mormon family which moved more than twenty times during his youth.[citation needed] He picked up skateboarding at an early age because his friends skated. When Branden was 11 years old, his father, Neil Steineckert, committed suicide, so he picked up drumming as a way to release his anger and to relieve him of his troubles.

Branden learned to play the drums because his late father had played drums at around his age. He was a founding member of Strange Itch, a band that would later become The Used, and would go on to achieve success, earning a platinum and gold album.[citation needed]

When asked in an interview what he would be doing if he were not a musician, he stated he would be "skateboarding".

On November 3, 2006, it was announced that Steineckert would be playing drums for Rancid until the end of their tour. He replaced their drummer of 15 years, Brett Reed. On the tour, Rancid members stated that Steineckert would be a permanent addition to the band (also noted on the official Used fansite). In the August 2009 issue of DRUM! Magazine, Steineckert commented on how quickly things moved as soon as he began to play with Rancid: “It was nuts. My first show, I was playing songs I’d never played even on a drum set, in front of 2,500 kids in England.” Branden's first recording with the band was their 2009 album Let the Dominoes Fall,[2] although it had been in the writing process since 2005, a year before he joined.[3] He also appeared on their eighth album Honor Is All We Know, which was released on October 27, 2014.

In late 2010 Steineckert filled in for Goldfingers' drummer (Darrin Pfeiffer) for a few West Coast shows due to prior arrangements.


Strange Itch
Dumb Luck
Apocalypse Radio
  • Apocalypse Radio, (EP, 2001)
  • One More Revolution (2002)
  • Apocalypse Radio (2010)
The Used
Main article: The Used discography


Studio drum work[edit]


  1. ^ "Believe Chant". Real Salt Lake. January 1, 2012. Archived from the original on February 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Rancid posts update, plans to record in January 2008". June 13, 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  3. ^ "Rancid: New Album Soon". November 28, 2005. Retrieved 2008-03-30. 

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