Mike Ness has 20 songs that he’s sifting through and polishing up for a new Social D album! They range from gospel-inspired to garage punk.

“I kind of want the next record to have a little more variety,” Ness states. “If there’s ever a time to try new stuff, it’s right now, because I want to show people that we’ve grown: ‘Wow, that’s different.’ ”

He’s a seasoned song writer that has evolved musically while staying true to his roots. Nothing sounds contrived or rushed. These days he has a lot to say about how the band has grown, and what they’re up to.

I managed to sneak into the photo pit last week at The Observatory for a few shots.