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Branden Steineckert (born April 21, 1978), is the drummer for the band Rancid. He was previously in The Used as their drummer.

Branden was born in Pocatello, Idaho, USA and was raised in a Mormon family which moved more than twenty times during his youth. He has claimed to have never tried tobacco, alcohol, or any other recreational drug, all of which are barred by Mormon beliefs. When Branden was 11 years old, his father, Neil Steineckert, committed suicide, after which he picked up skateboarding as a way to release himself from his problems.

At the age of 12, Branden decided to learn how to play the drums because his late father had played drums at around his age. He helped found The Used, who would go on to achieve success, earning two gold albums.

On September 12, 2006, drummer Steineckert was announced as no longer part of The Used, due to a wish from the band to “move forward without Branden as our drummer”. The new drummer has been chosen, Dan Whitesides. Some theories for Branden’s departure from the band include his recent work producing other bands, and his engagement to The Used merch girl, Spike. Due to the numerous rumors surrounding his departure, he has since clarified on his MySpace blog that he was fired from The Used over the phone and has not been contacted by the remaining members of the band since then. The band’s third album is due to come out May 22, 2007. Before that, they will be releasing a CD/DVD titled “Berth” on February 6, 2007.

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