Rancid Indestructible (Hellcat Records) Here are couple of teasers, answers on a postcard to the record company: 1) how many times can a punk/thrash metal band make an album based on the same three-chord riff used by every other punk/thrash metal band? 2) how many suckers will buy it? And while we're in confessional mode, what's the point of a band like Berkeley, California's Rancid, that brings not an original note to the table? Much of Indestructible is directly traceable to Boston novelty rocker Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, although in doubling the tempo Rancid neglected to rip off the Richman wit. This set has the grip of a worn tyre and the guile of Ariel Sharon. And why do these boys - who are 10 years into a six-album career - take themselves so seriously when they have little or nothing to say? The Ramones performed all these songs years ago, but performed them with a modicum of style and a sharp sense of humour. By song 10, Memphis, they have remembered where they put their old Clash records, particularly London Calling, and with it comes Indestruc- tible's quality high-water mark. After that - most of the way to track 19, Otherside - they decide that sounding like Korn at their amplifier-busting worst is the way to one's wallet. Frankly, I think they've had their chips.