Ah, the sweet sweet sounds of some trusty old chords… Face to Face have unveiled the first song from Three Chords And A Half Truth, out April 9th on Rise.

All is “Right As Rain” as the band tap into their inner Social Distortion on the new track. You can pre-order the new album in endless bundles here and you can grab the single from iTunes here.

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Video: Social Distortion performs “Machine Gun Blues” on Jimmy Kimmel

It is mystery as to how one of the great rock n’ roll bands of our time had, in 30 years, never once appeared on a live television event performing one of their songs. Social Distortion’s inexplicable run finally came to an end recently as they graced the small screen for their first ever television performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Performing “Machine Gun Blues” from their upcoming new album Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes along with favorite “Story of My Life“,  Social Distortion proved that aging well isn’t exclusive to fine wines.

Check out their take on the new track above. The band’s new album is due January 18, 2011 via Epitaph.


Smashing Pumpkins, Social Distortion, Jimmy Eat World announced for KROQ Christmas

The annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas continues its fine tradition of music nativity with the announcement of this year’s Night 1 acts.

Headlining the show will be The Billy Corgan Ba… er… The Smashing Pumpkins, who will be joined by Social Distortion, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion, Cake, A Day to Remember and more. The full line up is below.

Now in its 21st year, the festival has over its history, featured some of the best in rock, punk and indie music in a mostly unplugged setting (although, not really).

Tickets for the event run at $75 and all details and purchase info can be viewed here. The two-night festivities take place December 11-12 at the Gibson Amphitheater in Universal City, CA.

Night 1 Lineup:
The Smashing Pumpkins
Social Distortion
My Chemical Romance
Bad Religion
Jimmy Eat World
A Day to Remember
The Dirty Heads


Social Distortion debut new song “Machine Gun Blues”

The long awaited recording return of Orange County punk rock n’ roll band Social Distortion inches closer. The first new recording since 2004’s Sex, Love & Rock n’ Roll has emerged and can be heard below.

The new album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, has been delayed until January of 2011, but the band have warmed fans with a small taste of what’s to come with the release of the first single “Machine Gun Blues.”

KROQ has the exclusive stream which you can hear below. The track will be made available on iTunes November 16th.

Australian fans should not forget their special Melbourne-only sideshow with The Gaslight Anthem happening March 2nd next year.

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Social Distortion’s ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’ gets official release date

After much delay and uncertainty on an actual date, official word from the Social Distortion/Epitaph camp has revealed that the new album, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes, will in fact see release January 18th, 2011. The album’s cover art along with the track listing have been unveiled while the first single, “Machine Gun Blues”, is due out on iTunes November 16th.

Produced by the band themselves, the album features Social Distortion threading the line between hard hitting rock n’ roll and Americana- dabbing the downtrodden riffs with blues, country and punk.

Mike Ness spoke about the track “Diamond in the Rough” and had this to say about it’s content, echoing the Social Distortion manifesto;

That one is pretty autobiographical….so many faults, yet so little time. What are you gonna do?… Better write a song.”

January 18th can’t come soon enough. The band will head down to Australia for the first time next February/March to tour with the Soundwave Festival and will play a special Melbourne-only sideshow with the Gaslight Anthem March 2nd (please don’t cancel!)

Track listing:
01. Road Zombie
02. California (Hustle and Flow)
03. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown
04. Diamond In The Rough
05. Machine Gun Blues
06. Bakersfield
07. Far Side Of Nowhere
08. Alone And Forsaken
09. Writing On The Wall
10. Can’t Take It With You
11. Still Alive


Social Distortion album delayed until January 2011

In unfortunate news, Mike Ness has stated that the much anticipated Social Distortion album, Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes, has indeed been delayed until January 2011; two months after the original November 2010 date.

Speaking to the Salt Lake Tribune, Ness had this to say about the new album’s content and the meaning behind the title;

Music does the same thing for adults that nursery rhymes do for kids: It gives them an escape, and [it’s about] not growing up.”

Ness also said that he is, “not afraid of taking risks” on the new album.

Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes is the first Social Distortion album since 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘N’ Roll and is now expected January 2011 via Epitaph Records. The band will make their way down to Australia for the very first time next March as part of the Soundwave Festival and will play an exclusive Melbourne-only sideshow March 2nd with the Gaslight Anthem.

We have tickets. It’s going to be awesome.


Social Distortion / Gaslight Anthem announce Soundwave sideshow

Rejoice! Hallelujah! We don’t have to go to Soundwave! The two best bands of the festival have just announced a sidewave scheduled to take place March 2nd, 2011 at The Palace (in Melbourne).

Both acts were part of the first announcement of next year’s Soundwave Festival touring across Australia alongside Iron Maiden, Queens of the Stone Age, 30 Seconds to Mars, New Found Glory and much, much more.

Social Distortion were slated to appear at previous Soundwave events but cancelled due to them being Social Distortion (they like cancelling things). However, they have confirmed their appearance and announced on their Facebook that the side show will indeed go ahead. The band are scheduled to release their much anticipated new album, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymesin November.

Tickets for the Social Distortion / Gaslight Anthem sideshow go on sale in Friday, October 1st.

Show info:
March 2, 2011 @ The Palace