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Social Distortion / The Hangmen

Social Distortion / The Hangmen: live in Sayrevillelive in Sayreville (2007)
Social Distortion

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


Contributed by: TorgoTorgo
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Ah, Social Distortion in New Jersey. This was the second show of their stay, added on for all the slackers who weren't on top of getting tickets for the first one before it sold out. I guess here is where I'm supposed to review the Heart Attacks, but since I'm such a responsible citizen and have a j.


Ah, Social Distortion in New Jersey. This was the second show of their stay, added on for all the slackers who weren't on top of getting tickets for the first one before it sold out. I guess here is where I'm supposed to review the Heart Attacks, but since I'm such a responsible citizen and have a job, I had to miss ??em.

The Hangmen were the second band to play. Overall they were fairly generic, and most songs generally had less diversity than even Social Distortion. They had a slight country pulse, but to paraphrase Fat Mike in 13 Stitches, the songs sounded the same and kinda sucked. Their drummer Dino was the best part of the band, consistently in the pocket, just flashy enough and fun to watch. Bryan, their lead singer / rhythm guitarist bopped around and tried to get the crowd into it, and succeeded winning over many people; however, not me.

After a 40-minute wait, Social Distortion took the stage and blasted into the newish instrumental "Road Zombie," sans Mike Ness. After a minute he sauntered on stage with a bandana over his face and a dozen roses for the ladies. After a nasty (in the good way) solo, they launched into the first two tracks off Sex, Love and Rock ??n' Roll. They didn't let up until it came time to introduce the classic "Mommy's Little Monster." Yes, Mike Ness gave the "back when punk was dangerous" speech. But he did it with a slight variation, adding "When you see a punk rocker nowadays walking down the street, don't you think ??Aw, ain't that cute?'" Well, apparently he's never seen Orange, those kids are some ugly punks. Ness seemed a little more jokey and less on the macho side than usual, saying things like "Yeah, this is straight ginger ale...you better not try this at home or it'll have you on your ass," and "We have to go to Allentown, Pennsylvania in a few days? Someone fucking shoot me."

Even though Mike's known for saying the same lines for the past 20 years, he's mostly shut up and focused on the rock. "Mass Hysteria" was a nice oldie surprise, as was playing `50s country tune "Send Her Back" (a song on Mike Ness's Cheating at Solitaire). However, there was a glaring omission: "Story of My Life." I hate people who complain about not hearing all their favorites (especially when the rest of the set was damn fine) but when I think Social D, the first song to come to mind is "Story of My Life" and not hearing that song was kind of a let-down. However, they did make it up by playing an outstanding, slightly slower "Ball and Chain" and raunched-up "Sometimes I Do."

The band played well -- a little too well. The regular anything-can-happen aura of a punk gig was not present; they seemed to be going through the motions. It's hard not be like that though when you're more or less the punk rock Aerosmith (except Social Distortion has, you know, good songs). Besides Mike Ness and Johnny 2 Bags really tearing their guitars new assholes with blazing improvised solos during a few tracks, professionalism was key here, and not a beat nor note was played incorrectly.

The band looked most alive when playing the bluesy showstopper "It's Alright." After saying during the encore they had two songs left (the last one, as always, was "Ring of Fire"), they launched into the jam which included the Yeats-esque line "We did it in the kitchen / We did it in the hall / I got some on my fingers / So I wiped it on the wall." After that, the evening ended on a high note (can you go out on a low note with Johnny Cash?). The shirtless guys dripping slop everywhere and greasers bailed, having a spent a good night with Jack Daniels coming to life in song for 80 minutes.

Set list:

  1. Road Zombie
  2. Reach for the Sky
  3. Highway 101
  4. Under My Thumb
  5. Bad Luck
  6. Mommy's Little Monster
  7. Mass Hysteria
  8. When She Begins
  9. Far Behind
  10. Ball and Chain
  11. Send Her Back
  12. Gotta Know the Rules
  13. Sometimes I Do
  14. Nickels and Dimes
  15. Encore:
  16. Prison Bound
  17. It's Alright (Blues Jam)
  18. Ring of Fire

 

 
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maverick (August 1, 2007)

I wish this band would play songs off White Light, White Heat, White Trash live. The first time I saw them was on Warped Tour '97 and their set was almost completely that album, and it was totally awesome. It didn't hurt that Chuck Biscuits was playing drums and he was a fucking madman.

-Scott

kiddyno (July 30, 2007)

Yeah they played Story of my Life in Champaign, IL. It was a really good show except for the first two bands.

canucker (July 29, 2007)

Sometimes I do is really good live, never really liked it until I heard it live.

Torgo (July 29, 2007)

I don't think I was called a conformist since around 7th grade. Punx d00d

Anonymous (July 28, 2007)

"The band played too well"? That's a first. How come little bitches who review punk are almost always more pompous than a New York Times film critic? Go back to your dorm at NYU, you sawed off little conformist.

ashtraymonument (July 28, 2007)

i refused to pay the ticket price for that show. fucking highway robbery

NotPatriotic (July 28, 2007)

Pretty much the same set as when I saw them a few weeks ago but they played 6 more miles from the solo album which was pretty cool.

GlassPipeMurder (July 28, 2007)

Good review Torgo. I've never seen Social D live, but this review gave me a good idea of what it'd be like.

Anonymous (July 28, 2007)

"Why they didn't make it to Manhattan, the home of Punk boggles my mind.. NYC should be able to support punk rock better than that. Shouldn't have to travel to Long Island or NJ to see a band like Social D."

Come on, dude. They ALWAYS play NYC! Not that I don't venture there, but it's cool to give us Nassau punks something right here :)
-Janelle

SumWon (July 28, 2007)

They gotta play Story of My Life. That's like Dylan not playing Like A Rolling Stone. On that note, they should just rewrite SOML like Dylan does LARS if they are so tired of playing it as is...but you gotta play your tradmark songs, that's why people pay good money come out.

PunkOutlaw (July 28, 2007)

Saw them in Long Island and it was the best I have seen yet (I've seen Social D 5 times in the last 3 years, two times in the past month).

In the 5 times I've seen them however, they've never played my favorites "Dear Lover", "Like an Outlaw".. this was the first time I'd seen them play anything from Mike Ness' solo efforts with "Bring Her Back" and the crowd dug it.

All in all a great show.. I keep going back to see them dig deeper into their material, but since I know every song by heart.. they don't disappoint.

Why they didn't make it to Manhattan, the home of Punk boggles my mind.. NYC should be able to support punk rock better than that. Shouldn't have to travel to Long Island or NJ to see a band like Social D.

Anonymous (July 27, 2007)

Caught this on Long Island. A friend of a friend had an interesting theory on the Hangmen - that they seemed very boy-band put-together-ish.
-Janelle

BarleyPat (July 27, 2007)

I've never seen Social D. Do they play Dear Lover live? I love that song.

jacknife737 (July 27, 2007)

nice review, it lacked the mostly oh so hip, Rolling Stone pretentious vibe which many reviews on this site seem to have. Also great setlist, i'm glad they're playing stuff off Sex, Love and Rock ??n?? Roll... but no "Don't Drag Me Down"?!?!?!?!?!!?

Anonymous (July 27, 2007)

Almost the same setlist as when I saw this tour.

BarleyPat (July 27, 2007)

excellent review!

Anonymous (July 27, 2007)

They left out "Story of My Life" when I saw 'em last fall, as well. Too bad.

Anonymous (July 27, 2007)

$$$?

what are you talking about? Mike Ness doesn't play music for money?He is like every person in every band that tours in hopes to one day be poor.

Anonymous (July 27, 2007)

$$$

Suckers.

mclz (July 27, 2007)

great set-list
i went night one, the setlist was about 75% the same

Anonymous (July 27, 2007)

yellowcard?

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