Thursday, 6 January 2011

Social Distortion - new album and single

Ever since hearing it back as a wee lad playing Dave Mirra BMX, presumably for the Playstation 1, Don't Drag Me Down has remained one of my favorite Punk Rock songs of all time, and for me encapsulates everything great about the genre; the energy, the angst, the melody, THAT RIFF. And now, 7 years since their last full length Sex, Love and Rock'n'Roll, Social Distortion are back. They've got a new album titled Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes dropping through Epitaph on January 17th, and have shown their hand in the form of Machine Gun Blues. Mike Ness' vocals are still as unmistakable and irrepressibly cool as ever, and the chord progressions and back up 'woooaahhh's' contribute to a sound which couldn't have been shaped by anyone else but Social D. The intensity levels have dropped marginally which is understandable for a band now in their 40's, but I'm still stoked to see what these Rock'n'Roll icons are offering from this album.         

Social Distortion - Machine Gun Blues

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