History[ edit ] Early years — [ edit ] Social Distortion was formed in late by frontman Mike Nessinspired by the Sex Pistols and many other British punk bands as well as rock acts such as the Rolling Stones. Social Distortion was named for my distortion pedal, which I gave to Mike to play 'cause back then he was no good. Inthe band—now consisting of Ness, Danell who now played rhythm guitarBrent Liles on bass, and Derek O'Brien on drums—embarked on their first international tour US and Canada with fellow punk band Youth Brigadea trip chronicled in the punk rockumentary Another State of Mindwhich was not released until
You've stayed strong for three decades on your own terms, on your own time, by your own rules, and over that time your influence has only grown. Each of your albums has been stronger than your last.
You've been brought onstage by Bruce Springsteen, because he wanted to play one of your songs.
This is the short version of the Social Distortion bio -- the long version could be a part mini-series. Their searing guitars and a locomotive rhythm section sound as alive today as they did in '82, as do Ness' hard-luck tales of love, loss and lessons learned.
It maintains Social Distortion's key components -- an all-but-perfected mix of punk, bluesy rock n' roll and outlaw country -- but it also finds them stretching the boundaries of their signature sound. I wanted some fiction and some nonfiction.
The record's first vocal track, "California Hustle and Flow ," finds Ness and the band not roaring out of the gate so much as swaggering behind a chunky Stones-style locomotive groove. With this record I wanted to go a little farther. I wanted people to hear that second track and realize, 'Wow, this is not just another Social Distortion record.
Not that the band's punk foundations have eroded; the first single "Machine Gun Blues," a piece of gangland fiction set incould hail from "Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. And set closer "Still Alive" is a soaring carpe diem with an added emotional weight that can't be described or duplicated.
It has some of the flavor of "Mommy's Little Monster," Ness said. We've never been afraid to evolve and show people what we can do.
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They've failed to burn out. Mixing Springsteen's factory-overalls ethic with Southern California punk energy and black leather, Social Distortion formed with Ness and high school buddy, the late Dennis Danell, in the late s; the group broke in with the thrashing plate of punk and displeasure "Mommy's Little Monster.
These days the band is rarely off the road for long, and continues to grip fans who have been around since "Mommy's Little Monster" while drawing new ones who discover the band through hand-shot YouTube clips.
It's showing people, 'This is what I know. Her cooing-yet-brutal vocals are a perfect fit with an aching, mournful guitar.
Her upcoming album, tentatively titled Seein' Double--produced by, yes, Dan Auerbach--is one of Nashville's most anticipated releases. But the cost of living in New York proved to be too high an obstacle, so she turned to Nashville, a city she had visited extensively. He pushed to find the right feel for each track one by one, and a few months later I found myself with a damn good record.
Whoever was in the studio that day could play. They just basically had to learn the songs in the time it took to play them. Over the next couple years those recordings were bootlegged alot.
So they finally released "Hobo's Demos" and did some touring around the turn of the millennium. That was a bar room idea that had little chance but actually happened.
It was super limited to begin with and more limited when more than half of them were stolen at a show in Green Bay. At this point Zach went back to school and the band kept on as a four piece In October Paul entered his silver years surfing in California. He was in the band a full decade.Obviously not all logos are fit for beer koozies and trucker hats, but having a logo that can be properly scaled — and looks just as grandiose when produced in black-and-white — is an absolute.
Social Distortion is a mix of potent power, appeal across all age brackets and a genuine satisfaction at reaching as many people as they have. "I write songs for myself, and I hope that other people will like them too," Ness says. Social Distortion, Government Issue, Reptile House and Phlegm @ Sanctuary Hall Find this Pin and more on Punk Hardcore Flyers by Patrick West.
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Social Distortion is a blend of potent power that appeals to all ages. They are honored to have been able to reach as many people as they have so far. "I write songs for myself, and I hope that other people will like them too," Ness says.