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Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes

Social Distortion

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Mike Ness is Social Distortion. Guitarist Jonny Wickersham returns on guitar and the rhythm section of bassist Brent Harding and session drummer Josh Freese keeps things tight and focused, but this is the Mike Ness show. It’s primarily his songs and it’s his vocals that identify these tunes. His snarl grants great empathy to the Wickersham co-write “Far Side of Nowhere,” a driving sorrow to the cover of Hank Williams’ “Alone and Forsaken” and a defiant pride to “Still Alive.” The guitars are pure Social Distortion as they buckle behind with a crunchy distortion that floats somewhere between punk and country music. “Can’t Take It With You” adds a backing choir who evoke gospel motifs. The characters in these songs are, as one title implies, “Diamond In the Rough.” They’ve been to hell or jail and back. Much like Ness’ hero, Johnny Cash, the music is fused with a strong sense of mortality.

Biografie

Gegründet: 1978 in Fullerton, CA

Genre: Rock

Jahre aktiv: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The enduring L.A. punk band Social Distortion has overcome numerous personnel shifts, the demise of the Los Angeles hardcore scene that spawned them, and the heroin addiction of singer/guitarist/bandleader Mike Ness to achieve a measure mainstream acceptance for their rootsy, hard-hitting punk without compromise. Inspired by the fertile L.A. punk scene, Ness formed the group in 1978 with drummer Casey Royer and brothers Frank (bass) and Rikk Agnew (guitar). When the brothers left to join the Adolescents,...
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