Rock 'n' roll comes from the blues. And the blues comes from being down and out. And few bands embody that spirit as fully as So-Cal punks Social Distortion.
With song titles like “Bad Luck,” “I was Wrong,” “99 to Life,” “Got Nothin’ Coming,” “Born to Lose,” and “It Wasn’t a Pretty Picture,” the band’s oeuvre isn't the most uplifting.
But as the band’s frontman Mike Ness says on Social Distortion’s website: “The most common thing I hear is, ‘Man, your music got me through some hard times.' And I just say, ‘Me, too.’”
After more than 30 years of making music, Ness has finally decided to produce an album himself. The result is Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, the group’s first collection of new material since 2004's Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll.
The album is chock full of the simple—but enormous—rock 'n' roll riffs and emotionally anchoring catchphrases filtered through the gritty sneer of Ness’ vocals that made the band famous.
Social Distortion is performing with Toadies and Lindi Ortega on Monday, May 14, at Knitting Factory. The show is sold out.