Social Distortion signs to Epitaph Records, releasing new album

epitaph49Wow.  Way to go Epitaph.  This might have made more sense 15 years ago, but better late than never; legendary punk band Social Distortion has signed to Epitaph Records.

Here’s what Social Distortion frontman, Mike Ness had to say about the signing:

“We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion; both the history of the band and the direction we want to go.  Combine that with their successful track record and it felt like a good next step for us. We’ve always been open to new ideas and pushing the envelope, but we have also been very conscientious about the decisions we’ve made. We considered a lot of options, but in the end, Epitaph feels like the right home for us. We’re looking forward to taking this step forward, opening some new doors with this upcoming album and this next chapter of Social Distortion.”

In March the band entered a Burbank studio to record their yet to be titled seventh studio album, produced by Mike Ness, which is slated for release this fall.

“We went back to tape, old compressors and old microphones,” Ness recently told Spinner.com. “We’re just really trying to fight modern technology as much as possible.  The record reminds me very much of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (the band’s 1992 release), but also I’m bringing elements of early New York ’70s punk,” said Ness.

Social Distortion also recently announced a U.S. summer tour with Dan Sartain and The Action Design. The tour kicks off July 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY and makes seven stops in the Northeast before the band heads to Chicago for an August 7 main stage performance at this year’s Lollapalooza. Dates with Dan Sartain and The Action Design resume in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 8.

To check out  a full list of tour dates check out the band’s Dying Scene Shows page.


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2 Comments

  1. ottobr
    ottobr5/11/2010 12:04 PM | Permalink

    Yes! This is awesome. With two of my favorite bands on Epitaph, Class of 1981-1982 reunites!

  2. badreligon53570
    Jimmy5/11/2010 3:29 PM | Permalink

    Now this was a smart move for both parties…Nothing on the drummer yet huh? Maybe label change made him decide different…But hmm :)

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