Mike Ness and his band of gentle ruffians have been touring to support the 2011 album Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes. A combination of driving guitars, rockabilly storytelling and punk sensibilities, Hard Times takes full advantage of Ness’ gravelly voice and been-there-done-that life.
Social D visited St. Louis last May at The Pageant, just a few months after Hard Times was released (Setlist here.). They’ve been touring hard since, both as headliners and as support (for Foo Fighters). Early this year, the California punks toured the west coast with Frank Turner and Sharks, but April and May’s dates throughout the United States – including the St. Louis/Sauget date – combine the band with 90s alternative stalwarts The Toadies and Canadian singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega.