Mike Ness talks new Social Distortion album, Epitaph signing and new management

Social Distortion frontman and guitarist Mike Ness recently talked to OC Register about their long-awaited new record “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes,” the band‘s seventh studio album due out next week. He also explains why the band decided to sign to Epitaph Records (the home of many well-known punk bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Pennywise, The Offspring, Rancid, Bouncing Souls, just to name a few) and admitted that he was trying to get “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” out by Thanksgiving (remember the story from last September?).

Ness also mentions that Social D has a new manager, apparently having parted ways with Jim Guerinot’s Rebel Waltz management roster, which also included mainstream acts like Gwen Stefani, No Doubt and the Offspring. He says, “It’s been a year of change — new management, new label, new attorney, new accountant. Liberating is the right word, because I’ve gotten a lot more involved in my career and future. I always used to just trust Jim — and I love Jim, we ended things very good, and we’re still very good friends. But I kinda also felt like … and he’ll probably laugh at this, I don’t know … but I always felt like he was my boss, you know?”

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes will be Social D’s first studio album since 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll and first release on Epitaph. You can listen to the entire album here.

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