Mike Ness, frontman and guitarist for Social Distortion has confirmed that their upcoming Epitaph release Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes has been pushed back and is now set for a 2011 release date. In a recent feature in the Salt Lake Tribune, Ness explains the story behind the album title,
“Music does the same thing for adults that nursery rhymes do for kids: It gives them an escape, and [it’s about] not growing up. I’m not afraid of taking risks. It helped me in the direction of this new record”
Social Distortion will embark full US tour this fall in support of the new record. As previously reported, the band has announced that drummer Scott Reeder has left the band to fully focus on his main project, Fu Manchu. Replacing Reeder on the drum kit will be Dave Hidalgo Jr., formerly of Suicidal Tendencies, Spinnerette and The Drips.
“Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” will be Social D’s their first release on Epitaph Records, who will release the new album, which will be their first of all new material since 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll, and the band’s first release of any kind since 2007’s Greatest Hits.