Social Distortion Back With First New Album In Eight Years

Punk vets Social Distortion will release their first album since 1996's White Light, White Heat, White Trash on September 28 through Time Bomb Recordings. Dubbed Sex, Love and Rock And Roll (creatively replacing the "drugs" with "love" to signify frontman Mike Ness' triumph over heroin addiction), the album was recorded over the course of three separate sessions from November 2003 to June 2004. Cameron Webb (Zebrahead, Motorhead) and Ness co-produced the record. Despite being the band's first studio release in eight years, Sex is also the last Social D record that will feature bassist John Maurer, who has been replaced by Rancid's Matt Freeman.

Maurer's split with the band comes on good terms. After 20 years of rock & roll with Social D, the bassist has decided to opt out of promotional and touring duties for the band, choosing instead to remain at home with his wife and children.

Billboard reports that Social Distortion will begin a brief warm up stint on August 21 at Moto Music Mayhem in San Bernardino, CA. Take a look at those dates below.

08.21.04 - San Bernardino, CA (Orange Pavilion)

08.22.04 - Ventura, CA (Ventura Theatre)

08.23.04 - Santa Cruz, CA (Catalyst)

08.25.04 - Sacramento, CA (Empire)

08.26.04 - Bakersfield, CA (Stramler Park)

08.27.04 - San Diego, CA (Street Scene Festival)

Social Distortion Back With First New Album In Eight Years