Social Distortion, or as they are more commonly known by their passionate fans, Social D, is back on the road for another world tour, and they’ll be back in the United States this weekend at the Austin City Limits Festival. The band has made a nice transition from Punk ambassadors to a solid, energetic, hard-driving rock act. The sound of their new music is still punctuated by Mike Ness’s distinctive and powerful vocals, a hard-driving rhythm section and crisp guitar riffs. They play ACL Sunday night and then hit 24 more cities over the next two months.
While you wait for the band to hit your neighborhood, check out this great interview from BunchTV with the band’s fantastic front man Mike Ness. He’s interviewed by an interesting “Folk/Punk” British artist Frank Turner. Turner was touring Germany with Social D at the time, and you can tell from the interview that he and Ness are quite comfortable together. It’s a great peek into the mind of the legendary front man, who has been the face of Social Distortion for the past 30 years. (There’s a quick 15 second German commercial up front, but after that it’s all in English)
The band is touring in support of their first new album in seven years, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes. The album is the first produced by Ness, and in the interview with Turner, he notes that they’re currently working towards a follow-up. The interview is 30 minutes, but well worth the time, and it wraps up with a question regarding the five songs he’d provide to aliens once aboard the mother ship; some surprising answers including a surprise from one of their early influences The Clash.
So, follow the link below and watch the interview, buy some tickets and go see them live, this tour. You won’t be sorry.