So last night it was time for me to witness Social Distortion live for the very first time, a band i have been listening to a very long time but never really had the chance to see before. I had an image of the band to be a pretty tired live act, a fact based on a few liveshows i have seen on DVD and VHS in the past, it turned out that image was completely wrong, the band was very much alive this night.
Social Distortion also had two opening acts, the first one was Alonzo & Fas 3 wich i was looking forward to see just as much as the main band because Alonzo used to play in what according to me was one of the best punkbands ever KSMB. The band did a really good and intense show, too bad it was such a short set. They played a couple of songs from KSMB opened up with a Stockholms Negrer track and also included three of their own songs, two brand new ones and also the single “Dansa som en fjäril”.
Then it was time for support act no 2, a band called Royal Republic, this was pure fucking shit. I hated it from start to finnish. But aftet that it was time for Social Distortion to enter the stage. The show startet out a bit slow i think but after the first couple of songs it was just pure joy. They had a really good setlist and played most of the songs i wanted to hear like “Ball and chain”, “Don’t drag me down”, “Mommys little monster”, “Machine gun blues” and “The story of my life” just to name a few.
I am very pleased with my first Social Distortion concert and i hope to get the chance to see them more in the future.
Artist: Imperial State Electric
Title: Pop War
This album have been rotating nonstop on my turntable ever since i got it, i think it’s really brilliant! As the title indicates Nicke Andersson here takes his Imperial State Electric to a more melodic pop vibe, if the debut album was a popish rock album i would say that this album is a bit more rockish pop album if you know what i mean. The vinyl opens up really strong with one of the best track on the album “Uh Huh” wich is a really good tune with hooks and melodies that sticks with you, just plain listening pleasure as always when Nicke is releasing music. And the albums just keeps going from that point on, sure it have a few songs wich isnt that top-notch but overall its a great album, and at this point i must say i like this one better than the debut. My favourite tracks are “Uh Huh”, “Sheltered In The Sand”, The Narrow Line” and “Enough To Break Your Heart”.
The biggest different on this album compare to earlier Imperial State Electric releases is that this time they have recorded the album as a band, and not Nicke doing all the stuff by himself. He simply brought in his touringband to join in with the recodingsessions.
When the art for the cover was first released i wasnt that pleased with it, it looked kinda silly, well it still kind of does, but holding the vinyl infront of you it sure looks very stylish, clean so to speak, delivered in a really nice gatefold sleeve wich have the lyrics and a collage of the band on the inside of the foldout. This version i picked up is the red vinyl limited to 600 copies, the album is also released in clear and black vinyl. And as i couldn’t find any song from the album on YouTube i have added the track “Rock Science” for you to listen to, the track is from the boardgame with the same name. Enjoy!
Side A: Uh huh, The narrow line, Can’t seem to shake it off my mind, Back on main, Waltz for vincent
Side B: Sheltered in the sand, Empty hands, Monarchy madness, Deride and conquer, Enough to break your heart
Imperial State Electric will release a brand new 7″-vinyl single February 25 on the label Onslaught Of Steel Records. The 7″ will include two covers; “I Ain’t Gonna Be History” by The Maniacs and “Wild Tales” by Graham Nash.
You can see the coverart to the left, looks really cool. The first pressing will be released in 5oo copies (100 on white vinyl and 400 on black vinyl)
Nicke Andersson’s (ex-Hellacopters, ex-Entombed, ex-Nihilist) Imperial State Electric will release their new album “Pop War” on March 9. You can se the coverart on the left here. I think it looks kinda silly but hopefully the music isn’t.
The album will be released in three different versions, regular Cd, a limited edition Cd in 10″ cover wich also includes a “iron on” patch, and as a Vinyl (Lp), 600 copies in red vinyl, 300 copies on clear vinyl and also regular black vinyl.
The tracklist of the album are as follow:
Uh huh, Narrow line, Can’t seem to shake it off my mind, Back on main, Waltz for vincent, Sheltered in the sand, Empty hands, Monarchy madness, Deride and conquer, Enough to break you hearts.
The first single off the album will be “Sheltered in the sand” (b-side “Black widow blues”) that will be released as a 7″-vinylsingle in January 27. I have pre-ordered both the 7″ and the Lp so i will put em up here as they arrive.