Review: Ben Hosking
themselves. The extended pause could also be the result of Mike Ness’ various other distractions like the aforementioned custom cars and his other musical projects including the awesome countrified Mike Ness Band.
In a recent interview, band leader Mike Ness said that for their new album ‘Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes’, the band tried to get “back to the late ‘70s sound” and that they “played around the grooves that [I] liked of that era”. It’s something that is reflected well throughout the disc.
While the band haven’t forsaken Ness’ love of the straight ahead punch of Ramones-esque punk rock, there are many examples of more dynamic and layered retro rock than most SD fans would be used to hearing.
Perhaps ‘Hard Times…’ carries a more unique sonic character because it marked the first time Mike Ness took the reigns as producer. Formerly ‘just’ the singer, guitarist and primary songwriter, the frontman says he wonders why he didn’t do it years ago. However, it has clearly allowed his vision to come into a fully realised form.
‘Hard Times…’ will be a must have for any existing SD fan, but it would also provide a good entry point for any new listeners wishing to get in on the SD scene. It contains all the hallmarks of a classic SD album, but adds a new palette of herbs and spices not seen before – somehow without losing any of that original flavour.
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