Social Distortion Sign to Epitaph Records

Social Distortion Sign to Epitaph Records
SoCal punk institution Social Distortion haven't released a studio disc since 2004's Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll. But that will change this fall when they drop their new disc via a new label home: Epitaph Records.

"We feel that Epitaph has a natural understanding of Social Distortion, both the history of the band and the direction we want to go," Social Distortion front-man Mike Ness said in a press release. "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."

The band headed into the studio in March to begin the recording of their Epitaph debut, which will be their seventh album. The as-yet-untitled disc, produced by Ness, finds the band embracing their inner luddite and utilizing older recording techniques as much as possible.

Ness recently told Spinner that it sounds like the band's '92 release, Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell, crossed with elements of early New York '70s punk. He went on to say it's like a cross between the Dead Boys and the Black Crowes, which sounds pretty weird, and awesome, to us.

The new album will feature Atom Willard on drums, who recently replaced Charlie "Chalo" Quintana. It is currently slated for a fall 2010 release.

The band will be touring the U.S. in July and August; head here for a list of dates.