Check out this new video for Pet Shop Boys song Winner starring London Rollergirls:
It seems that punk rock is in the air this summer in London with several punk favourites making rare appearances in town. First on my list was Social Distortion. They played Shepherd’s Bush Empire last Thursday and put on a truly breathtaking show.
The band are touring Europe to celebrate the release of their first album since 2004 Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, produced by lead singer Mike Ness himself. The album is proof the band is still going strong after belting out pure rock n roll punk rock for over three decades. The new album is yet another classic in a long list of melodic and powerful rockabilly punk records, marked with Ness’s signature lyrics and vocals. However, it does have a more melodic sound than the raw punk power of earlier albums such as Mommy’s Little Monster or White Light, White Heat, White Trash and the influence of classic rock, blues, rock n roll and country can be heard more than ever. The use of diverse instrumentation such as the accordion and piano and even female backing vocals have been used for the first time, adding extra textures to the sound. The album is described as ‘swaggering behind a chunky Stones-style locomotive groove’, and that is certainly what the band did on stage.
Since they started out in 1978, Social D has endured drug addiction, deaths, stints in prison, and the coming and going of many band members, with Mike Ness now the only remaining member from the original line-up. However, the new album and the show prove that they are still rocking out and it is rumoured that another album may well be on the way.
The show was a balanced mix of classic punk songs such as Mommy’s Little Monster, Ball and Chain and Story of my Life from their older albums interspersed with material from their new album including Machine Gun Blues and California, as well as covers of Hank Williams, ending on a high with Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire. My personal favourites were undoubtedly Reach for the Sky from 2004 album Sex, Love and Rock n Roll and Dear Lover and Don’t Drag me Down form White light, White Heat, White Trash. After a slightly quiet mix at the start, the sound did them justice and the balance was almost spot on with the soaring guitar harmonies ringing out and Ness’s dulcet tones were loud and clear. I just hope they don’t wait quite as long to release the next album so they can come and visit us again soon.
Mike Ness – vocal, guitar (1978-present)
Jonny Wickersham – guitar (2000-present)
Brent Harding – bass (2004-present)
David Hidaglo, Jr. – drums, percussion (2010-present)
- Mommy’s Little Monster (1983)
- Prison Bound (1988)
- Social Distortion (1990)
- Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (1992)
- White Light, White Heat, White Trash (1996)
- Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll (2004)
- Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes(2011)
Kickstart your week with some awesome girly power tunes. These ladies really know how to rock out! Great for working out, chilling out and rocking out.
Dance Hall Crashers- Mr Blue
Save Ferris-Everything I Want to Be
No Doubt-The Climb
The Pixies- Debaser
Bonnie Raitt- Pride and Joy
Letters to Cleo-Pizza Cutter
Sonic Youth- My Friend Goo
La Tigre- Deceptacon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Heads Will Roll