The Los Angeles outfit’s fourteenth studio effort will arrive via Fat Mike’s label Fat Wreck Chords on February 26, following on from 2016’s ‘First Ditch Effort’.
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Recorded at San Francisco’s Motor Studios with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Teenage Bottlerocket), the 12-song record is described as “unpredictable” and the band’s “most personal” to-date.
“I have no idea why ‘Linoleum’ [released in 1994] is the NOFX song that is covered by so many bands while other NOFX songs get hardly any attention,” singer Fat Mike explained in a press release. “‘Linoleum’ wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF!
“So, one night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing ‘Linoleum’ was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics.”
Mike went on to describe ‘Linewleum’ as “a song about not playing a song that’s not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song!”, adding: “This is why I love punk rock writing punk songs. Rules out the door!”
You can watch the video above.
The forthcoming ‘Single Album’ was originally set to be a double record, but the coronavirus pandemic changed NOFX’s plans (back in March, the group began sharing new songs for fans in lockdown).
“When you write a double album, you write differently,” Mike said. “I was writing really different songs, and some fun songs, but you have to make a double album interesting enough to listen to the whole way.
“I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn’t accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title.”
NOFX are set to perform at Slam Dunk Festival this summer, COVID restrictions permitting.