Southern California fans have spoken! Over the last week, fans of rock n roll icons Social Distortion were given the chance to win a worldwide premiere event in their city for the bands breathtaking short film music video for Machine Gun Blues by sharing the trailer online. Social Distortion and Epitaph Records have announced that the bands hometown fans in Los Angeles and Orange County stepped up to the challenge with the most shares of the trailer, demanding the event in their area. Additionally, 40 fans across the country who shared the video the most times won fly away trips to the event. Social Distortion will premiere their hotly anticipated extended video at an exclusive red carpet event that will include a screening of the video and intimate performance by the band at The Music Box in Hollywood on April 21.
The cities and fans that didnt win should not fret though. The event will be streamed live on all partnering radio stations listed below as well as on RollingStone.com beginning at 8:15PM PT on April 21. Fans around the world will be able to tune in simultaneously for the video premiere and performance by the band.
The beautiful extended video for Machine Gun Blues begins in 1934 Los Angeles as Mike Sick Boy Ness and his Blood and Sorrow crew of gangsters knock off a bank only to realize the feds are hot on their trail. Shot at the famous Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and surrounding areas, the gang is chased through rolling dusty roads to their hideout for an explosive showdown with the G-men.Machine Gun Blues is the first single from Social Distortions seventh studio album, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, which was released in January and has since sold an astounding 102,000 copies in the US alone.
Social Distortion will be kicking off a US tour at the end of April in support of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes.
Tour dates and other information related to Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes available at SD's web site. ~Don't let the Ball and Chain keep you out!
Epitaph Records is proud to welcome Southern California's iconic rock n' roll group Social Distortion to the label with plans to release their first studio album since 2004 in Fall 2010. The signing pairs one of rock n' roll's most renowned bands with one of the most respected independent labels for what could be the greatest match in decades.
"We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion; both the history of the band and the direction we want to go," says frontman Mike Ness. "Combine that with their successful track record and it felt like a good next step for us. We've always been open to new ideas and pushing the envelope, but we have also been very conscientious about the decisions we've made. We considered a lot of options, but in the end, Epitaph feels like the right home for us. We're looking forward to taking this step forward, opening some new doors with this upcoming album and this next chapter of Social Distortion."
"My relationship with Mike goes way back to the beginnings of our careers in the LA music scene," adds Epitaph owner and president Brett Gurewitz. "Through the years Social Distortion have been a matchless voice in American rock and roll and I couldn't be more thrilled to play a part in the next chapter for this great band."
In March the band entered a Burbank studio to record their yet to be titled seventh studio album, produced by Mike Ness, which is slated for release this fall.
"We went back to tape, old compressors and old microphones," Ness recently told Spinner.com. "We're just really trying to fight modern technology as much as possible."
"The record reminds me very much of Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell (the band's 1992 release), but also I'm bringing elements of early New York '70s punk," said Ness.
Social Distortion also recently announced a U.S. summer tour with Dan Sartain and The Action Design. The tour kicks off July 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY and makes seven stops in the Northeast before the band heads to Chicago for an August 7 main stage performance at this year's Lollapalooza. Dates with Dan Sartain and The Action Design resume in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 8. A complete list of tour dates follows.
Formed in Fullerton, CA in 1979, Social Distortion have spent the last three decades performing their signature style of roots driven rock n' roll and hard luck stories for fans worldwide while recording six classic, critically heralded albums including Mommy's Little Monster, Prison Bound, Social Distortion, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, White Light, White Heat, White Trash and Sex, Love and Rock n' Roll.