Social Distortion: Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Social Distortion)

 |   |  <1 min read

Social Distortion: California Hustle and Flow
Social Distortion: Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (Social Distortion)

Standing between metal-edge country-rock and disheveled Keith Richards riff-hard rock'n'roll blues, Social Distortion don't exactly reinvent the wheel, but they do enjoy burning rubber on this 11-song set which invites you to roll down the window, rack up the volume and point the bonnet down a strip of empty highway.

For an American band they also have some of the swagger of Oasis oddly enough – notably on California Hustle and Flow – but mostly this is taut, post-punk rock'n'roll which enjoys its outlaw position (Diamond in the Rough which is like early John Mellencamp with a bad attitude) and mainman Mike Ness gets into hardcore lock'n'load on his guitar.

A lot of reference points here if they are new to you: think a post-teen Springsteen with an air of desperation and wired up on substances (Writing on the Wall); Rob Zombie if he'd been brought up on country rock not horror movies (the thrilling Machine Gun Blues); classic power-pop wearing motorcycle leathers (Far Side of Nowhere) . . .

This is an implosion of influences force-fed turpentine wine and turned up loud.

Ness is on record saying this is a return to the brattiness of late Seventies punk (he mentions Johnny Thunders) and that is certainly part of the contract here too – but mostly this is fuel-injected classic rock with a country twist which best at 11 out on the open road.

Like the sound of this? Then you should check out this.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Ian McLagan: United States (Yep Roc/Southbound)

Ian McLagan: United States (Yep Roc/Southbound)

Many years ago it was my great pleasure to spend a bit of time with keyboard player Ian McLagan when he was in Auckland playing with an artist whom I have forgotten. McLagan -- who was, in the... > Read more

Gareth Thomas: Fizzy Milk (gareththomastunes.com)

Gareth Thomas: Fizzy Milk (gareththomastunes.com)

In a cover so good you want it album-size to frame, this second solo album by Auckland songwriter Gareth Thomas – formerly of Goodshirt – really does fizz with addictive pop which... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

CLIMIE FISHER INTERVIEWED (1988): Studio changes everything

CLIMIE FISHER INTERVIEWED (1988): Studio changes everything

The rock music thing used to be quite straightforward. A few people got together, practiced a few covers, wrote some original material and the band honed its act in pubs and clubs and on the... > Read more

MOLLY MELDRUM PROFILED (2017): Video star killing them at radio

MOLLY MELDRUM PROFILED (2017): Video star killing them at radio

On this side of the Tasman, Ian “Molly” Meldrum probably means as much to rock aficionados as Karyn Hay means to Australians. All that might be about to change however with the... > Read more