Rancid's singer and guitarist, Tim Armstrong, played a character known as The Trashman in this week's episode of the X-Files reboot. The episode was titled "Home Again" and you can watch a trailer for it below.
A lot happens in the especially gory episode: Dana Scully goes through some emotional times, then she and Fox Mulder get summoned to deal with "an inhuman force" literally tearing public officials apart in Philadelphia. We see Armstrong's acting cameo when the FBI duo trace clues back to a Banksy-esque street artist named The Trashman living and working in a warehouse lair, Alt Press reports.
While The Trashman is introduced as the "bad guy," anyone who has ever seen an episode of the X-Files can guess that something much more rotten than the Rancid frontman's artist character is responsible for the monstrous murders.
It turns out that X-Files writer and director Glen Morgan is a huge fan of Rancid -- he's attended over 40 concerts -- and wrote the role specifically with the punk in mind. "I've been watching the X-Files since day one, so this whole experience was awesome," Armstrong posted on his Instagram.
Only two new episodes of the show's reboot remain unless rumors regarding an extension pan out, Fuse reports.
Believe it or not, this week's TV cameo wasn't Armstrong's acting debut. He also played Mr. Cactus on the "Bugs" episode of Yo Gabba Gabba, the kids' show created by Aquabats frontman Christian Jacobs back in 2007. That episode also featured a song about bugs performed by Black Moth Super Rainbow. Watch a clip below:
Meanwhile, Rancid is heading out on a mini tour this spring with stops at Coachella and Groezrock festivals. The band's seminal release, And Out Come The Wolves, recently received the reissue treatment in celebration of its 20th anniversary.