SOCIAL DISTORTION – White Light, White Heat, White Trash

SOCIAL DISTORTION - White Light, White Heat, White Trash

Back in the thick of the grunge years, the band’s passionate garage-punk/rockabilly revivalism jutted out oddly from the alt-radio waves. Today, with raucous punk-pop par for the course, Social D is sticking to their guns.

SOCIAL DISTORTION  - White Light, White Heat, White Trash  Back in the thick of the grunge years, the band’s passionate garage-punk/rockabilly revivalism jutted out oddly from the alt-radio waves. Today, with raucous punk-pop par for the course, Social D is sticking to their guns.

White Light, White Heat, White Trash is sincere, rollicking rawk ?n’ roll juiced with Clashy urgency. Too bad the band’s 1965-vintage engine won’t take unleaded fuel. Too many of these songs are plodding, mid-tempo stompers, held back from red-lining into true punk recklessness by the singer’s garage-anthem pace.

It’s no wonder: inject punkishness into classic rock without overhauling the chassis, and you end up grinding away at the cast-iron structure without generating any torque. Tellingly, White Light’s best songs involve the least amount of punk. "Crown of Thorns" kicks off with an impressively tight riff, and then indulges in the full-fledged chorus-bridge solo treatment that haunts every song here. And the band gives itself away by closing with "Under My Thumb."

Even taken at half-time, the Stone’s sly, seamless shimmy clearly lies closest to these boys’ hearts. Maybe they should forget about Punk, and focus on the pure rock they know best.


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