Social Distortion's Mike Ness recently offered some details to The Daily Times regarding the band's long-awaited new album, tentatively due for release next year.
Ness talked about a new song called "Scars", which he describes as "kind of a slower one, like taking 'Ball and Chain' and going deeper", referencing the band's 1990 hit from their self-titled third album:
The tagline is 'from scars came beauty,' because good things can come from bad things. They always do. Strength can come from pain. It's kind of a slower one, like taking 'Ball and Chain' and going deeper. Had I not had the childhood I had, had I not had to fight to find a voice, there might not have been a Social Distortion. I might have been a musician still, and I might have done well, but that struggle and that stress and that pain gave me a voice.
That's just a message I want to give people. It's not, 'Hey, look at how (lousy) my childhood is; feel sorry for me,' because everyone is gonna go through (stuff) in life. Loved ones are going to die, people are going to get cancer, people are going to overdose, your hearts are going to be broken, finances, whatever. It's more of an inspirational song that you can overcome these things. Sometimes they're happening for a reason, and you have to roll with it and learn from it and grow from it.
Ness also said that their ongoing U.S. tour will be Social D's last one until they finish the new record, as he will spend the next six to nine months finishing 20 to 30 songs that are almost done. He explains:
This is the last tour until the next record's done. I'll be spending the next six to nine months in isolation, finishing 20 to 30 songs that are halfway done. I've been working on a couple of new songs for this tour, but there's unfortunately one I couldn't finish, because it's political, and that's not my wheelhouse for writing. I'm crumbling a lot of stuff up and throwing it in the trash, which is great, because it means it's starting.
It's all just pressure I put on myself, but that's a good pressure. We've never been a band that's done a record every two years to stay relevant or stay on radio and keep the profile up. We just don't think that way. But I do, however, challenge myself with each record, to try and outdo the last one, so I kind of want to make a record that's gonna re-establish our sound for the next 20 years.
Social D's last studio album, "Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes", was released in 2011.
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