Seminal punk outfit Social Distortion will release a new studio album early next year entitled Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. The first single from the album, “Machine Gun Blues,” will be available for download via iTunes on November 9.
HTNR will serve as the release of the long-running rock ‘n’ roll act’s seventh studio album. It will also serve as the follow-up to 2004’s Sex, Love and Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Lead singer Mike Ness worked double duty on this album, serving not only as the band’s vocalist, but also as it’s producer—a first for Ness.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do. I love being on that side of the board. Even though I’ve co-produced all of our records, I always was there for everything. It just came to a point where I was like ‘I think I want to try this, I want to do this ourselves.’ By being at the helm this time allowed so much more focus for me to the fine details of every aspect of it, whether it was performances, or tones, or arrangements, backing vocals….everything,” Ness says.
Epitaph will release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes on January 18.