You’ve probably heard that NOFX has a new book out, The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, and that it recently made it on the New York Times’ best seller list. You may have also had the chance to check them out on their current book signing (and show) tour promoting their newest endeavor into combining the literary and punk rock worlds.
I was lucky enough to catch their LA show at the Belasco Theater with support from Direct Hit!, Mean Jeans, and Bad Cop/Bad Cop. This was an unforgettable night of music, friends, and fun as NOFX celebrated their thirty-plus years as a band and the stories they have shared for the world to read.
Bad Cop/Bad Cop opened the show proving why they are one of the strongest new(er) acts on the Fat Wreck roster. The band played a set of songs off their nearly-a-year-old debut full-length, Not Sorry, intermixed with an older song or two. It was a real bonus to see them on the LA date before they headed to Europe for their spring tour, including a spot at Groezrock.
Mean Jeans hit the stage next and I became an new fan. Having not listened to them much before, their Ramones-inspired sound instantly caught my attention and made me dance along. I love still being surprised by music and discovering new artists and look forward to what they will do next.
Direct Hit! came out swinging, ripping through their set to an increasingly excited crowd. This was my first time seeing them in a bigger venue and they really command the stage with their energy and enthusiasm. It’s evident they are excited to be on the Fat Wreck roster and touring with bands like NOFX.
Lastly, the moment the crowd had been waiting for – Fat Mike, El Hefe, Melvin, and Smelly took the stage to celebrate the release of their book and their love of playing music. There was a different air about this show, as if it was finally like they were able to not only share their music, but their experience as a band and as friends. With NOFX, you never know what the night will hold, as they have more than enough music to play a different set every night. The band played old favorites, setlist staples, and a few newer tunes over their hour-plus set. As always, the crowd sang, danced, moshed, and enjoyed every minute of it.
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