In a recent interview, Social Distortion founder and singer Mike Ness revealed that he has a few projects in the works, such as a new Social D album, his next solo album and an autobiography. About his upcoming book, Ness stated:
“When the book does come out, it’s not [gonna be] your stereotypical rock book. It’s more about my struggle to become a man at 52 years old , and I am still trying to figure that out. So much of your adult life is shaped and defined by the time you are 12 years old. You bring stuff with you that you don’t even know you have. You don’t have a lot of tools in your tool box, and so I have had to learn along the way. Fortunately I have a family and we are close, and we can talk about things.”
Ness also talked about the musical direction of the long-awaited new Social Distortion album, explaining, “I am still kind of figuring that out myself. I’ve written some great root songs that could very easily have been on the last record. But I wouldn’t say I’ve gone back to the punk roots so much. Part of me wants to play around with some primitive garage, dirty grooves, like early Sonics or Kinks, because I love that style of music and there are good melodies, so I don’t know.”
Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes through Epitaph Records in 2011. The band will tour Europe next month by celebrating the 25th anniversary of their classic self-titled third album.