Social Distortion’s Mike Ness talks about “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes”

Social Distortion’s Mike Ness talks about “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes”

In an interview with News-Herald.com, Social Distortion vocalist/guitarist Mike Ness discussed a lot of things about the band’s long-anticipated new album “Hard Times and Nursery,” including its title, musical direction, and (sort of) why we waited so long for the album to arrive. Here’s something interesting he said about the record:

“On this record I really wanted to not paint myself into a corner, at least lyrically, and not be just autobiographic. Although some of my best songs have come from that (type of writing), that’s not the only way I write. So there’s fiction and nonfiction and there’s heavy and light. There’s a song, ‘Give Me the Sweet and Lowdown,’ that’s just tongue-in-cheek. It’s almost like the song ‘Bad Luck’ taken a step further — like a priest in a confession booth and someone is laying their life on you and you’re like, ‘I know bro, I’ve been there.’  There’s also a song called ‘Machine Gun Blues,’ where I wrote it exactly like I wrote ‘1945.’ It’s kind of a gangster song, but he’s not happy with his life. As a matter of fact, he knows it’s almost over anyways.”

“Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” will finally be released on January 18, 2011. That’s their first record since 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll as well as their first on Epitaph.

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