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Social Distortion premiere new music video for “Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown”

Social Distortion have released a new music video for the song “Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown” Check out the premiere of the animated video over here.

The track appears on the band’s 2011 Epitaph album “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.”



Random Cover Song: Reel Big Fish – “Story Of My Life” (Social Distortion)

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.

Today, we have OC ska veterans Reel Big Fish covering Social Distortion’s hit “Story Of My Life.” The song originally appeared on the 1990 self-titled Social D album and was covered on Reel Big Fish’s 2005 album “We’re Not Happy ’til You’re Not Happy.” Check out the original and the cover here.



Social Distortion announce House of Blues shows for December

Yes, I know December is still far away, but Social Distortion have already booked a series of House of Blues shows that take place that month in Anaheim, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. Tickets go on sale tomorrow and you can find all the dates here.

Social Distortion released their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in January 2011 on Epitaph and are reportedly planning to make another album next year.



Punk Rock Trivia: Social Distortion are in many places

Every once in a while the punk rock geniuses here at Dying Scene like to unleash some punk rock trivia to enlighten and enhance the minds of you, the readers. Today’s trivia is about Social Distortion and many of their past and present members playing in high/low-profile bands.

In 1978, when the band formed, Mike Ness and his longtime friend and bandmate, the late Dennis Danell, hired three guys named Casey Royer and the Agnew brothers Rikk and Frank. This lineup never got to record anything but they did play at least a couple shows. By 1980, the trio had exited Social D and started their own band with Steve Soto of Agent Orange and a previously-unknown singer named Tony Cadena. They called it The Adolescents. Perhaps you’ve recognized them or you’re familiar with the cover of their iconic 1981 self-titled debut album. Derek O’Brien, Casey’s replacement in Social D, now drums in that band.

The Adolescents are not the only band to deserve some recognition with connections to Social D. In 1989, the late Brent Liles and Derek O’Brien, who played bass and drums respectively on the band’s 1983 debut album Mommy’s Little Monster, were reunited as bandmates in Agent Orange and appeared on their live album Real Live Sound. Social D also hired Matt Freeman of Rancid in 2004 as a temporary replacement for their longtime bassist John Maurer, while drummer Atom Willard (Rocket from the Crypt, The Offspring and Angels and Airwaves) was hired in 2009 as a touring member before he was briefly replaced by Fu Manchu’s Scott Reeder, who was replaced by their current drummer David Hidalgo, Jr., who was in Suicidal Tendencies one time and is the son Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo.

In 1996, Chuck Biscuits (who was in many punk/metal bands such as D.O.A.Black Flag, Circle Jerks and Danzig, and even played drums on Run-D.M.C.’s 1988 album Tougher Than Leather) was asked by Social D to join the band as their new drummer. Despite being credited as a drummer on their fifth studio album White Light, White Heat, White Trash, which was released that same year, Chuck didn’t actually play on that record, it was Deen Castronovo, who is currently in Journey. Chuck did, however, tour with Social D when they were supporting White Light, White Heat, White Trash and made an appearance on their 1998 live album Live at the Roxy.

And last but not least let’s not forget that, even though he was never an official member of Social D, The Vandals‘ Josh Freese was also involved with Social D, having recorded drum tracks on their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.



Johnny Two Bags and Salvation Town added to The Hootenany Fest

Last month we reported on the tentative lineup for this year’s The Hootenany Fest, an annual custom car and music festival that occurs in Southern California.

An addition has been made to the lineup, in the form of Social Distortion‘s Johnny Two Bags and Salvation Town. This will be the first time Johnny will be playing with the backing of his new band, Salvation Town.  Be sure not to miss out!

Head here to view the entire lineup of musicians playing at this year’s Hootenany.



Social Distortion announce U.S. tour dates

Social Distortion have announced some U.S. tour dates.

You can check out the dates and locations here.

Social Distortion released their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in January 2011 on Epitaph and are reportedly planning to make another album next year.



Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham (Social Distortion) interviewed on “Down The Highway”

Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham was recently interviewed in a new monthly video series, called “Down The Highway”.

Jonny discusses his history with US Bombs, Cadillac Tramps, Social Distortion, and much more.

Click here to check out Jonny’s interview and Down The Highway’s first episode.



Social Distortion to begin writing next album in January

According to an article on The Salt Lake Tribune, Social Distortion‘s Mike Ness has estimated that the band will begin writing new material in January 2013 for their follow-up to last year’s Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.

No further more details have been released, though Mike did say that his plans for the record are to “shock everyone and release it in a timely fashion“, and adds, “I don’t like to take it for granted that fans will stick around. We had some big gaps between albums.”

In the meantime, Social Distortion are embarking on a U.S. tour and will be returning to Europe this summer for a series of festivals there.



Social Distortion schedule more European shows

Social Distortion have added more dates to their upcoming visit to Europe this coming August. If you live in Europe and want to catch them this summer, all the dates can be found at this location.

Social Distortion released their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes in January 2011 on Epitaph and are reportedly planning to make another album next year.



Mike Ness excited about writing next Social Distortion album

Social Distortion singer and guitarist Mike Ness recently spoke to The Bulletin about the writing process of the band’s next album, in which he insists that the band won’t repeat the gaps between their last three albums (White Light, White Heat, White Trash, Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll and Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which were released in 1996, 2004 and last year respectively).

On the songwriting process of the next record, Mike states:

“The place is an inspiration, so I’m really excited to get into the writing…it’s a big man cave. We don’t want another large gap to go by in between records. I think this time I realized the creativity didn’t have to stop when the record got finished.

In the past, I’d finish a record, and put the guitars away and get in press and tour mode. I’d put the pen and paper away. This time, I left that door open and it’s a great thing to do. It doesn’t really have to stop when the record is done.”

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which had been in the works since 2006, was released in January 2011 on Epitaph Records. Social D are still touring in support of the album today. All the dates can be found here.



Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham talks about Social Distortion making records

Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham was recently interviewed by Minnesota Daily, where he talks about making records and why it took seven years to deliver their latest one, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. He sets the record straight, saying:

“It takes so much time mostly just because we’re on the road all the time. It’s not important to try and rush anything out. We can just kind of tell when we are ready to put one out. It’s not what a lot of bands do, but I’ve noticed even with a lot of bands that I love, once they’ve put out like 15 albums, I start to lose interest. So we don’t want that to happen.”

Jonny also talked about what it would be like if Social D were to release an album in less than seven or eight years. He states, “It gives a chance for the sound to change or evolve. We’re still Social D, and we don’t really take off in any crazy direction. But we’re still gonna grow as musicians and give ourselves time.”

You can read what else Jonny has to say here.

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was released in January 2011 on Epitaph and Social Distortion are reportedly planning to make another album next year. The band recently streamed two rare songs on their Facebook page.



Watch “Punk’s Not Dead” documentary

Someone has uploaded the 2007 documentary film “Punk’s Not Dead” which explores the evolution of punk rock. It features the likes of Social Distortion, The Adicts, Bad Religion,GBH, TSOL, Youth Brigade, Green Day, Dead Kennedys, The Vandals, UK Subs, The Ataris, Circle Jerks, Sum 41, The Used and tons more.

You can watch it here.

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Social Distortion’s Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham talks about “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” and the future of the band

Social Distortion guitarist Jonny “2 Bags” Wickersham recently spoke to The Province about the making of the band’s latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. He simply notes:

“I’ve found from my own experience, just opening yourself up to the possibilities is very productive”.

Jonny was also asked what the future of Social D holds. His response was,

“It’s always there. It’s always reverberating underneath. The band has refined itself. I mean, its saying, ‘This is what we do.’”

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was released in January 2011 on Epitaph and Social Distortion are reportedly planning to make another album next year. The band recently streamed two rare songs on their Facebook page.



Less Than Jake and Social Distortion to headline Reading and Leeds Festivals in UK

If I was going to the Reading and Leed Festivals in the UK this summer, I would stake out my spot at the Lock Up Stage, and not move.

The lineup for the popular stage has just been announced, and the US’s own Social Distortion and Less Than Jake have been pegged as the main, headlining acts.

Social D will be the headliner Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds, while LTJ will take over Friday at Leeds and Sunday at Reading.

Other acts that will share the Lock Up Stage include Anti-Flag, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Gallows, Turbonegro, Bouncing Souls, A Wilhelm Scream, and more.

To view the entire lineup for the festivals, head to their site here.



Social Distortion’s “Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes” to be reissued for Record Store Day

According to Record Store Day’s official website, there will be a vinyl reissue of Social Distortion‘s latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Of course, the reissue will be released on Record Store Day, April 21st. The Record Store Day edition of the album will be pressed on line green vinyl and only 750 copies will be produced. It will also come with a 18″ X 24″ poster and an autograph poster inside.

Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes was released in January 2011 on Epitaph and Social Distortion are reportedly planning to make another album next year. The band recently streamed two rare songs on their Facebook page.

As reported last night, Social Distortion will be playing a series of European shows this summer. Prior to that, they will embark on a month-long U.S. tour, which begins next Tuesday, April 10th. All the dates can be found here.