Fat Wreck Chords 114
Released on February 26, 2021
Vinyl includes MP3 download card
After nearly 40 years, what is left to say about NOFX? Can a band continue to shake it up after almost four decades as a band? The answer to this question lies on Single Album, the quartet's 14th full-length studio album. There's the nearly six-minute post- hardcore opener 'The Big Drag". The meta sendoff for the band's best-known song "Linoleum", the reggae-inflected song about a mass shooting "Fish in a Gun Barrel", and they've even thrown in a piano ballad for good measure in album closer "Your Last Resort".
It is, as frontman and bassist Fat Mike describes, "a dark album." That wasn't the original intent. By early 2020, NOFX had written and recorded enough songs for a planned double album to be released that fall. Like so much about 2020, those plans changed. The band decided they had fell short of making the perfect double album, so they scrapped some tracks, and condensed it down to one solid single album. Hence the title. Recorded at Motor Studios in San Francisco with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio), Sing/e .4/bum gets more personal than NOFX ever has before. While "Grieve Soto" eulogizes beloved Adolescents founder Steve Soto, it takes a meta turn when Eric Melvin warns Mike to be "cautious, more respectful, less obnoxious."Birmingham" has what people in recovery call "a moment of clarity," when Fat Mike realized he was an addict. Heartbreak permeates "I Love You More Than I Hate Me" and "Your Last Resort." "Fuck Euphemism" dives into Mike's sexuality for a "pronoun bar fight." "Doors and Fours" is a grim look into the early '805 LA punk scene, when dozens of people many of them Mike's friends overdosed on a prescription drug combo. 'The Big Drab ' is a personal vow to make the most of life, even when it undeniably sucks. The result of these 10 tracks is a NOFX album that is both familiar and unpredictable- traits that legions of adoring fans have grown to love about the band.