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Random Cover Song: Social Distortion – “Making Believe” (Jimmy Work)

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Tonight, we’ve got Social Distortion, one of my favorite bands of all time, covering the 50’s country classic “Making Believe”, written by Jimmy Work. The song was originally released as a single by Work way back in 1955 (before punk rock even exitsted), while Social Distortion’s cover version of it is taken from their 1992 classic album Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. Both versions of “Making Believe” can be checked out here.



Record engineer Bryan Carlstrom has passed away

According to a post on The Offspring‘s Facebook page, record producer, engineer and mixer Bryan Carlstrom is dead. His cause of death is currently unknown, but here’s what The Offspring had to say about him:

“R.I.P. Bryan Carlstrom..Godspeed..As the engineer on Ixnay and Americana he brought out the best in us..-Dexter”

Carlstrom engineered two of The Offspring’s platinum records Ixnay on the Hombre and Americana (released in 1997 and 1998 respectively) and Social Distortion‘s 1992 gold record Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. He has also worked with Billy Idol, Queen, Kiss, The Cult, Alice in Chains, Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Megadeth, D.R.I., Slayer, Spinal Tap, White Zombie, Corrosion of Conformity, Filter, Stabbing Westward and Public Image Limited. For the rest of his working credits, see here.

We’ll keep you posted as soon as any further details surface, or if any benefits are in the works. Rest in peace, Bryan, and thank you for all your hard work, especially delivering some awesome music.



Descendents, Social Distortion, Gaslight Anthem, Japandroids to play at Coachella

Punk fans will have a few bands to look forward to seeing at this year’s Coachella in Indio, California. Looks like Descendents, Social Distortion, Jimmy Cliff, The Gaslight Anthem, Japandroids, and Trash Talk are among the many acts to play at the two-weekend spanning festival.

Coachella runs from April 12-14 and April 19-21.  You can get more info and checkout the full lineup here.



Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham talks to OC Register about new Social Distortion album

Earlier today, Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham was asked by OC Register how the band’s anticipated upcoming eighth studio album is coming along. He replied:

“It’s good. It’s got some new stuff and some kind of new-old stuff that we’ve been playing live. A couple of tracks that Mike [Ness] had from years back that we’ve been doing in our set recently that may or may not make it on to the next record.

It’s kind of the usual thing for us, where we’ll get some ideas and we’ll just throw them in the set and see how it goes. Social D’s always been known for playing songs live before they’re recorded. That hasn’t changed. We’ve been kind of doing the same thing. We do that, and then when it comes time to really get in the studio, that’s when we go through and focus in on what is going to make the record or not. [We] do demos and see what stuff is turning out better in the studio or not. It’s been my experience a lot of times that songs which seemed to be really cool live didn’t work out so great recorded [laughs].”

Jonny was also asked about Social Distortion’s plans for this year, in which he responded, “After we’re finished with this run of shows, we’re going to take some time off because we’ve been on the road for about two years straight. We’re just going to take some time off, and everybody’s probably going to go live their lives for a while [laughs]. Maybe do different music stuff. Just get away from the SD thing for a while.”

Social Distortion’s latest album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, was released exactly two years ago on Epitaph Records. Their follow-up to that album is supposed to be out later this year or next year.



Video: Social Distortion – “Drug Train” ft. Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top

Video has surfaced of Social Distortion playing “Drug Train” at the House of Blues in Los Angeles with none other than Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top–beard, sunglasses and all.  The song comes from their self-titled 1990 album.  Check out the video here.



Social Distortion expand previously announced West Coast tour dates

Due to a high demand, popular punk rock group Social Distortion have added a few select dates to their previously announced string of West Coast tour dates. Check out the updated itinerary here.

Social Distortion last released 2011’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” through Epitaph, and are currently writing a follow up.



Mike Ness talks about new Social Distortion album, band’s future plans

Social Distortion singer and guitarist Mike Ness recently gave OC Weekly an update on the band’s anticipated follow-up to Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, and in order to focus on making the record, he stated that they will do “very little playing” next year. He comments:

“I’m currently writing a new record. It will come along better once I stop touring. I can only do one or the other. I don’t really write on the road, so I get ideas and I file them and when I get done touring, I revisit them. In 2013, we’ve scheduled very little playing. We’ve built a new rehearsal studio, so we’ll see about that.”

Mike was also asked about album’s musical direction, and his response was, “I don’t know about that. It’s going to be different from the last record. That’s all I can say that the last record was one of my favorite ones. It was more Americana and roots, combined with the punk. I don’t know, the next record might be more garage-y.”

Social Distortion’s last studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, was released in January of last year on Epitaph Records. Their new record is supposed to be out sometime next year or 2014.



Stream: Jonny Two Bags (Social Distortion) solo EP “Hope Dies Hard”

Jonny “Two Bags” Wickersham has spent more than a decade as lead guitar player for iconic California punk band Social Distortion. As of next week, he’ll also be a solo artist.

Two Bags is set to release his debut seven-inch, “Hope Dies Hard,” on December 11th via Trever Keith of Face To Face‘s Folsom Records. Both the title track and the B-side, “How Many Hearts (Will You Destroy Today?)” are available to stream right here. You can pre-order the black-and-gold vinyl at the same length.

“Hope Dies Hard” will also appear on Jonny Two Bags’ debut full-length, “Salvation Town,” due out next year. We’ll keep you posted.



Social Distortion’s Mike Ness interviewed by KTLA News

Last Sunday (December 2nd), KTLA Orange County Bureau Chief Chip Yost conducted an interview with Mike Ness of Social Distortion.

In the interview, which you can watch here, Mike talked mostly about his career in Social Distortion, how the band carried on without original guitarist Dennis Danell (who died in 2000) and his early drug abuse. He and Yost also took a tour around Social Distortion’s new studio, where the band is working their next album, which is tentatively due for release in late 2013/early 2014.

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes last year through Epitaph, and recently announced that they are planning to begin writing a new album next year.



Mike Ness likely to begin writing new Social Distortion album in six months

Mike Ness of Social Distortion recently told San Antonio Current that he may begin writing new material for the band’s anticipated eighth studio album within the next six months. He explains:

“I’ve kind of agreed to take on this really busy work year knowing that I was taking the next five to six months off next year to [finally] use the studio I just built. Literally every time I get home something gets done and I have to leave. The floors get done — back on tour. I haven’t had a chance to really use [the studio] yet, so when I take those six months off I’ll be writing.”

Social Distortion have been pretty busy touring in support of their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes since its release in January of last year. They are currently embarking on a U.S. tour, which began last month and ends in January.



Blast From The Past DVD: Social Distortion – “Live in Orange County” (from 2003)

Normally we reserve these posts for weekends but its like crickets in the punk blogosphere this Monday morning.  I suppose it is Veteran’s day but does anybody really get that off work/school?  I sure as hell don’t.  Anyway, here’s something to keep you entertained until something really exciting happens.

You can watch Social Distortion‘s full 2003 “Live In Orange County” DVD right here.



Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham talks next Social Distortion album

Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham recently gave Blare Magazine at least two updates on their anticipated next album, including the musical direction. He states:

“Mike’s always done that and we’ve always performed songs even if they weren’t completely finished. Now, every show you do, someone captures a new song and throws it up on YouTube. Back in the day you could do things like small shows at home in a small venue and it could actually be a warm up show for a tour or a chance to showcase some new material in a smaller and relaxed way. But now, that can’t happen anymore because everything is documented at this point and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

On the album’s musical direction:

“I think it will be different but that doesn’t mean that any direction we’re talking about now will actually happen on the new album. Hard Times wasn’t supposed to be how it turned out. We had planned out certain ideas before going into the studio for that album, but if it wants to do something else then you have to let it. I can say from my own experience that some of the best songs I’ve ever written are the ones I had very little to do with. I can look at the lyrics and say “I don’t even know where this came from,” and it may not be what I set out to say, but they work. On the other hand, some songs that I toil and toil over just turn out to be super crappy. You just have to let creativity happen, and it’s taken me years to learn that.”

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes last year through Epitaph. The band is now on tour.



Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham on the next Social Distortion album

Last Friday, City Beat asked Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham about the current status of their next studio album, which may or may not be released next year. He responded:

“In a perfect situation we would love to get a record out sooner than we have been putting them out. I don’t know that it looks like it will happen real soon. We have been really busy touring the last couple of years. As far as new material there are always new songs in the works. We will work on them at sound checks and rehearsals. When it comes time to get serious to put a record together, the songs that stick in our minds are the ones that are the best stuff and they typically make the record. We will finish it up. We will see. Conceivably we can get together and start really getting serious in the beginning of next year and have a record to follow shortly after that. It has to feel right. I have always felt it is a good thing not to rush records. I know that people like to see a record come out on a certain schedule with bands, but it is also good to evolve a little bit as people and as a band in between albums.”

Social Distortion last released Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes last year through Epitaph. The band is now on tour.



Social Distortion plan U.S. tour

Long running so-cal punk act Social Distortion have announced an extensive U.S. tour kicking off this month. Check out the dates here.

Social Distortion last released “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” last year through Epitaph.



New York, Anaheim, Las Vegas, more added to Social Distortion winter tour

Social Distortion have added a decent chunk of notable dates to their winter tour, including spots on both coasts. Check out all current dates and locations here.

The band recently released their music video for “Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown” off their 2011 Epitaph album “Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes.” Check it out here.