Graham Reid | | <1 min read
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.
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