If you give anything of a shit about NOFX, you’ll have certainly heard about the hot water they managed to get themselves in recently. For those who somehow missed it, I’ll recap. There’s also a statement from the band themselves below.
During their Punk Rock Bowling appearance this year, NOFX made some divisive comments about the Las Vegas shooting that happened in October 2017. Video footage from the gig shows Eric Melvin (the band’s long serving guitar player) say to the crowd, “I guess you only get shot in Vegas if you’re in a country band.” Vocalist Fat Mike added, “at least they were country fans and not punk rock fans.”
Of course, an absolute shit-storm broke out on social media. Bitter arguments raged between those who thought the comments were too offensive – even for a band who pride themselves on such “humour” – and those who defended the group. Many of those in the pro-NOFX camp cited the band’s own lyrics, “when did punk rock become so safe” as part of their argument.
Since then, NOFX have been dropped from a festival named in their honour. They were due to headline the now unfortunately titled Punk in Drublic Festival in Thomville, Ohio over the weekend just gone. Both NOFX and Me First and the Gimme Gimmes were replaced by The Vandals and Descendents. It’s unclear at present whether other forthcoming editions of the festival will be affected.
Ties have also been severed between the Stone Brewing Company and the band. The craft beer producers were due to sponsor the Punk in Drublic touring festival this summer. However, they have since terminated the agreement.
It took a week for the band to formulate their statement to fans about what they said. First they posted the following to the NOFX Instagram a couple of days ago:
“I can’t sleep, no one in my band can. What we said in Vegas was shitty and insensitive and we are all embarrassed by our remarks. So we decided we will all get together to discuss and write an in depth, sincere, and honest apology because that’s what the people we offended and hurt deserve.”
This was followed by a lengthy apology on their Facebook page:
All members of the band would like to sincerely apologize to anyone who experienced loss from the Vegas shooting 8 months ago, and to anyone who was at our show who lost a loved one or a friend, or who had to witness the incredibly senseless violence that night.
We were asked why we didn’t release an immediate apology. Well, we didn’t feel that we could write a sincere apology without reflecting on the actual damage we had done. No press agent was gonna write this for us. That’s why we have struggled with this for the past few days.
We didn’t plan or intend on saying anything so insensitive. It was off the cuff, but just as hurtful. We won’t blame it on drugs or alcohol or Ambien. That’s too easy. NOFX said it, and we own it. We made a tasteless joke. But to be clear, NOFX does not condone violence against ANY group of people, period!
As sincere as we’ve ever been,