NOFX Premiere New Song “Punk Rock Cliché”

NOFX have premiered a new song titled “Punk Rock Cliché.” This track is from the band’s new album “Double Album,” which will be released on December 2.

Fat Mike told SPIN the following about the song:

“Well, it’s a song I wrote probably six years ago when I was staying on Matt Skiba’s couch — as one does. This is when he had just been asked to join Blink-182 and they were demoing songs for California. I said, “Hey, check this out.” I played the song, and I said “I think this would be a great Blink-182 song.” He worked on some of the lyrics with me — some of them were already written. It was the first time we wrote together. He brought it to the band, they recorded it, and a few weeks later, Travis Barker did a bunch of interviews with NME and Exclaim! and whoever else, and in all the interviews, he said, “We have a new song called ‘Punk Rock Cliché,’ and it’s the best song on the album. I’m really excited about it.’ So when I saw those articles, I was really stoked.

They recorded the album, they recorded the song for the album, and their label said “This is your first single.” Matt called me and said, “Dude, you won’t believe this, but your song ‘Punk Rock Cliché’ is going to be our first single.” It was a big deal because it was their first single in years. Then he called me up six weeks later and said, “I don’t know how to tell you this, but I told the band you wrote the song and they dropped it off the album completely.” I was really bummed because I thought it was going to be my first radio hit. I didn’t really understand at the time, but I thought about it, and I figured, “Well, they just kicked Tom out of the band, so if anyone got word that I wrote it…” To be clear, I didn’t care. I was going to ghostwrite it. But I could see how someone saying “Oh, you had to get Fat Mike to write a song for you” would be something they didn’t want to come out.

But it was just weird because Travis and I used to text and talk pretty regularly. He played on one of my albums. We weren’t close, but we were friends. And he just never spoke to me again after that. At first, it felt really, really bad for me. It really bummed me out because I got my hopes up, and I really liked the song. So about a year or two later, NOFX recorded it — because it was still my song. It didn’t make it on Single Album, but it was recorded four or five years ago. Now, it’s coming out on our new album. It’s funny because six months ago, I reached out to [Blink-182] and said “Hey, you guys want to do a split seven-inch? It would be pretty cool to have both versions of the same songs.” No response from anyone. No shit, but their version is way better than the NOFX version. I tried really hard, but Travis just killed it. He’s such a monster on drums. Skiba was singing it. Seriously, I really wanted to kick their ass on it, but I think their version is better. It’s too bad because I really thought it would be a really cool split with them, but the world only gets to hear the NOFX version of “Punk Rock Cliché” for now.”

On another note, the frontman also commented on the band’s farewell tour:

“Well, 2023 is not our last year. That’s when our last tour starts, but we’re going into 2024. It will be our absolute final tour. I just don’t enjoy it like I used to, but we are all excited about playing our final shows. We’re going to play every album we’ve ever recorded. Every city is going to be very special. We’ll have been a band for 40 years with all original members, and we’re going to play 40 cities. Every show, we’re going to play 40 different songs. It’s just a whole bunch of cool things with these last shows.”

Pantera, Evanescence, Papa Roach, Etc. Set For 2023 Rock am Ring And Rock im Park Festivals

The initial lineup has been revealed for the 2023 Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in Germany. Those events will be held on June 2-4 with Rock am Ring set to take place at Nurnburgring in Nurburg and Rock im Park set to take place at Zeppelinfeld in Nuremberg. Here’s the artists that will be performing: Die Toten Hosen, Machine Gun Kelly, Tenacious D, Apache 207, K.I.Z., Pantera, Evanescence, Yungblud, Papa Roach, Turnstile, Architects, NOFX, Arch Enemy, Aviva, Badmómzjay, Boy Bleach, Boysetsfire, Bury Tomorrow, Carpenter Brut, Charlotte Sands, Dead Sara, Employed To Serve, Fever 333, Finch, Giant Rooks, Hollywood Undead, Hot Water Music, Jinjer, Juju, Lauren Sanderson, Maggie Lindemann, Mantar, Mehnersmoos, Meshuggah, Motionless In White, Nothing But Thieves, nothing,nowhere., Nova Twins, Provinz, Silverstein, The Chats, The Distillers, The Menzingers The Raven Age, Three Days Grace, Touché Amoré, and VV.

NOFX’s Fat Mike To Open Punk Rock Museum In Las Vegas, NV

According to Spin. NOFX’s Mike “Fat Mike” Burkett will be opening a 12,000-square-foot Punk Rock Museum in Las Vegas, NV on January 13. The facility will feature items from Debbie Harry, Devo, Rise Against, Sum 41, and more. It will also include various interactive exhibits.

Burkett recruited a 10-person “punk-rock collective” to create this “church of punk rock.” It included musicians and investors such as Pat Smear (Foo Fighters), Brett Gurewitz (Bad Religion), Kevin Lyman, (Vans Warped Tour), and pro-skater Tony Hawk. Burkett said the following:

“If you’re a punk band, you’re fucking in. It’s that simple.”

“We want people to come from Indonesia and see the flier of their band on the wall. You know how proud they would feel? I want anyone in a punk band around the world to have that opportunity.”

Vinnie Fiorello (ex-Less Than Jake) also commented:

“This is a love letter to punk rock. We want to show this common passion amongst so many different people for this form of music.”

Fletcher Dragge (Pennywise) added:

“[Punk] becomes the soundtrack of your life. It’s such a dedicated fanbase and these people are in it for fucking life. When people get into punk rock, they really sink their teeth into it and don’t let go. We wanted to create a place for these people and for people who don’t know much about it.”

NOFX To Release “Double Album” In December, Premiere New Song “Darby Crashing Your Party”

NOFX will be releasing a new album, titled “Double Album,” on December 2. The effort will serve as a follow-up to last year’s “Single Album” and its first single, “Darby Crashing Your Party,” can be found below:

“Double Album ” Track Listing:

01. “Darby Crashing Your Party”
02. “My Favorite Enemy”
03. “Don’t Count On Me”
04. “Johanna Constant Teen”
05. “Punk Rock Cliché”
06. “Fuck Day Six”
07. “Is It Too Soon If Time Is Relative?”
08. “Alcopollack”
09. “Three Against Me”
10. “Gone With The Heroined”

Fat Mike said the following about the band’s decision to do a double album:

“I wish I knew. OK. I mean, we have a lot of records. I’m not sure how many, let’s call it 15 with 10 more EPs and 65 7″s. I wanted to do a double album cuz there are no good ones out there. Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ is about it. ‘Quadrophenia’ is OK, I guess, if you’re a Who fan. Definitely not [The Beatles’] ‘White Album.’ I don’t think anybody else has made good double albums. Certainly not Husker Du, Minutemen, or Smashing Pumpkins.

I really like ‘Single Album’ a lot, but the songs on ‘Double Album’ aren’t quite up to scratch. All these songs were recorded at the same time, except this one was finished two years later. I think it’s a very enjoyable album, and maybe our funniest. I think it is what a lot of our fans will want to hear and it’s a great side three and four for a double album. I accomplished my goal of making a solid double-album, but it just took a lot longer than I expected.”

He also added:

“You have to laugh at everything, because the world is just falling apart and you have to have a good attitude not to take things seriously. So this is how I’ve always done it. I make people laugh every day. I usually do it in a self-deprecating way, it’s just how I go through life: I have as much fun as I can. That’s what life is—trying to find all the happiness you can. And spreading happiness. Which is what I feel like is supposed to be my job in life—spreading joy.”

This news comes after Fat Mike recently revealed that the band are planning to call it quits in 2023.

NOFX’s Fat Mike: “Next Year Will Be Our Last Year”

It looks like NOFX are planning to call it quits next year. Frontman Fat Mike confirmed the news while replying to a Canadian fan on Instagram.

“Actually, We love Canada, it’s just that next year will be our last year. We will be announcing our final shows soon. It’s been an amazing run….”

He also told another fan that the band’s final show will take place in Los Angels, CA:

“Los Angeles will be the last place we play. It’s where we started, it’s where we’ll end.”

[via Spin]

Listen To Pure Noise Records’ New Covers Compilation “Dead Formats Volume 1“

Pure Noise Records have teamed up with Pabst Blue Ribbon for a new covers compilation titled “Dead Formats Volume 1.” The effort, which features Chamber, Rotting Out, SeeYouSpaceCowboy, Hawthorne Heights, etc., can be streamed below:

“Dead Formats Volume 1” Track Listing:

01. State Champs – “What’s My Age Again?” (Blink-182 cover)
02. Four Year Strong – “Brain Stew / Jaded” (Green Day cover)
03. Drug Church – “Someday I Suppose” (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones cover)
04. Microwave – “Santeria” (Sublime cover)
05. Lurk – “Fell In Love With a Girl” (The White Stripes cover)
06. SeeYouSpaceCowboy – “Seven Years” (Saosin cover)
07. Hawthorne Heights – “Inside Out” (Eve 6 cover)
08. Spanish Love Songs – “We’ve Had Enough” (Alkaline Trio cover)
09. Elder Brother – “The Black Parade” (My Chemical Romance cover)
10. Rotting Out – “Society” (Pennywise cover)
11. Chamber – “Davidian” (Machine Head cover)
12. Seaway – “I’m The One” (Descendents cover)
13. Can’t Swim – “Radio” (NOFX cover)
14. The Dirty Nil – “Filler” (Minor Threat cover)
15. Red City Radio – “Move Along” (The All-American Rejects)

Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones, NOFX, Etc. Set For 2022 Good Things Festival

The lineup has been revealed for the 2022 Good Things Festival. The event will be held in Australia this December and it will feature: Bring Me The Horizon, Deftones, NOFX (performing “Punk In Drublic”), TISM, The Amity Affliction, Gojira, One Ok Rock, 3OH!3, Blood Command, Chasing Ghosts, Cosmic Psychos, Electric Callboy, Fever 333, Jinjer, JXDN, Kisschasy (performing “United Paper People“), Lacuna Coil, Millencolin, Nova Twins, Polaris, Redhook, Regurgitator, Sabaton, Sleeping With Sirens, Soulfly, The Story So Far, and Thornhill. Here’s the dates:

12/02 Melbourne, AUS – Flemington Racecourse
12/03 Sydney, AUS – Centennial Park
12/04 Brisbane, AUS – Showgrounds

NOFX Members Cover Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law” For Liquid Death Super Bowl Commercial

If you missed it, a Liquid Death commercial aired during the Super Bowl yesterday (February 13) and it featured a cover of Judas Priest’s “Breaking The Law.” The track was recorded by NOFX’s Fat Mike and El Hefe and it can be heard in the below ad:

Slipknot To Replace Nine Inch Nails At 2021 Riot Fest

Slipknot have been added to this year’s Riot Fest as a replacement for Nine Inch Nails, who recently cancelled all of their 2021 dates. That event will take place on September 16-19 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL.

Here’s the updated daily lineups:

September 16 (preview party): Morrissey with special guests.

September 17: The Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed And Cambria, Lupe Fiasco (performing “The Cool“), NOFX, Dirty Heads, Sublime With Rome, Circle Jerks, Dinosaur Jr., Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, Circa Survive, Meg Myers, The Lawrence Arms, Beach Bunny, Anti-Flag, Living Colour, Fishbone, Envy On The Coast, The Sounds, Amigo The Devil, Eyedress, Beach Goons, Meet Me At The Altar, Seratones, Radkey, Kississippi, Jackie Hayes, Oxymorons, Girlpuppy, and Senio Kino.

September 18: Run The Jewels, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Gogol Bordello, Mayday Parade, Bayside, State Champs, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Andrew W.K., Best Coast, Big Freedia, GWAR, Hepcat, Les Savy Fav, The Bronx, Four Year Strong, Citizen, Fucked Up, Joywave, Night Moves, Man On Man, Holy Fawn, The Bollweevils, Ganser, Just Friends, The Orphan The Poet, Bearings, Spider, and Devon Kay & The Solutions.

September 19: Slipknot, Pixies, Machine Gun Kelly, Devo, Mr. Bungle, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside, Body Count, Thursday, K.Flay, Knuckle Puck, HEALTH, The Bled, Mother Mother, 3OH!3, Fever 333, Alex G, Kennyhoopla, Bleached, The Gories, FACS, Ratboys, Blackstarkids, The Clockworks, Skating Polly, Pet Symmetry, Melkbelly, Gymshorts, The Weak Days, and Airstream Futures.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Riot Fest 2021 is almost here. Finally. It’s really happening. Unfortunately, Nine Inch Nails has cancelled all 2021 shows, including this year’s fest—with that, Morrissey will play Thursday curated with very special guests, and Slipknot will close out on Sunday.

All 3-day and Sunday ticket holders now get access to our Thursday Preview Party! And to benefit our Chicago community, tickets are on sale now for Thursday with all proceeds going to Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and other TBA organizations.

Stay tuned for more info and announcements, including a second wave of Riot Fest Late Night shows which will be announced this Friday, August 20th.

Our fans deserve something amazing and we can’t wait to be together again. We’ve been working around the clock to make 2021 even more special—so that hopefully for one weekend, we can escape the world and find comfort in the music and people we hold dear.”

NOFX Premiere Animated Video For “The Big Drag”

NOFX have premiered an animated video for their song “The Big Drag.” This track is from the band’s latest album “Single Album.“ Fat Mike commented:

“I’m more excited than… a very excited person would be about this video! Why? Firstly, because I didn’t have to do anything but write the song. I asked the Mad Twins from the Ukraine to choose a song from our album to make a video for. They said it would have to be ‘The Big Drag.’ They wanted something very dark… They wrote the treatment for it, and I was blown away. It’s nothing that I would have ever thought of. Well, I threw in a couple of things. They said it would take them six months of working 10 hours a day to finish it… They also said it sucks balls to live in the Ukraine during COVID in the winter. Well, they finished it in five months!!!! And wow!!!!! They fucking killed!!!”