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Slam Dunk 2019 Reveals Clash-Proof Stages

In a first for the UK punk / emo / metalcore all-dayer, Slam Dunk 2019 has announced that some stages will alternate their programming, becoming clash-proof. This year, neither the Jagermeister Stage or Impericon stage will clash, making sure fans of hardcore and metalcore will be able to catch both stage lineups throughout the day. In addition, The Dickies Stage and The Marshall Stage will not clash with each other either.

This means fans of the heavier end of the spectrum will be able to catch Atreyu, Glassjaw, Silverstein, Gallows, The Bronx and Cancer Bats, amongst others, without fear of missing out.  Similarly, fans of the more emo and indie spirited acts can see the likes of The Menzingers, Touche Amore, The Get Up Kids, Saves The Day, Plain White T’s, Real Friends, Seaway, Trophy Eyes and more without needing to choose between stages.

The one day event, with dates in the North and South of England, is rounded out with Fat Mike’s Punk in Drublic stage (NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Millencolin, Lag Wagon and more), Monster Energy stage (All Time Low, New Found Glory, Neck Deep, Boston Manor and more) along with 3 other stages showcasing up and coming and and acoustic artists.



NOFX stream demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin”

NOFX are streaming a newly released demo song “Scarlett O’Heroin,” which comes from the Punk In Drublic Europe festival exclusive Fat Music Music For Wrecked People: Punk In Drublic 2019 compilation.

You can give the song a listen below.

NOFX last released Ribbed – Live in a Dive in 2018 via Fat Wreck Chords.  Their last studio output was First Ditch Effort in 2016.



Punk In Drublic Craft Beer & Music Festival announces Canadian dates

The first Canadian dates for Fat Mike’s Punk In Drublic Festival have been announced – Saturday, July 6 in Edmonton, AB and Saturday, July 13 in Vancouver, BC. The craft beer and music festival features NOFX, Bad Religion, Less Than Jake, Anti-Flag, The Real Mackenzies, Chixdiggit!, and The Last Gang – plus a variety of other bands, depending on the city.

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 10th. Get more info and snag your passes on the festival’s official website.



Stream Cokie the Clown’s (Fat Mike of NOFX) “You’re Welcome”

Cokie the Clown’s  “solo” album, You’re Welcome, has just been released on Fat Wreck Chords. For those who don’t know, Cokie is the alter-ego of Fat Mike from NOFX.

You can check out a stream of all ten songs below. Warning: There’s no skate punk on this release and it’s rather depressing… but it’s interesting as hell if you’ve at all followed the antics of the famous frontman over the last couple decades.



Cokie The Clown (NOFX’s Fat Mike) announces debut album and releases new song

Cokie The Clown, the alter ego of NOFX’s Fat Mike, will release his debut album “You’re Welcome” through Fat Wreck on April 26th. The album is an exploration of “his deepest regrets, fears, and experiences” consisting of ten tracks with Travis Barker on drums and Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) behind the desk.

The first track to be released from the album is “Punk Rock Saved My Life”, which is streaming now and can be checked out using the player below. Get the full low down on the release over at the Fat Wreck website.



NOFX announce their 2019 7″ of the Month Club

NOFX have announced that they are undertaking the second installment of their 7” of the Month Club. Details of releases are yet to surface, but pre-orders are up now.

Have a watch of Fat Mike discussing the plans below.



Introducing: Camp Anarchy, the outdoors-loving punk’s dream festival, hosting The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX and more

And now, for the announcement that, probably mostly I, but also you all have been waiting for! Camp Anarchy has announced that they’ll be playing host to The Offspring, Rancid, and NOFX and more. The three day festival will take place just outside of Columbus, OH at Legend Valley. Dodgeball, S’mores, craft beers (and yes, they do offer drinking passes so let’s get it on!) and other fun and games over all three days will be offered with day and weekend passes for admission (camping admission separate).

Make sure to check out all the deets here!



Punk in Drublic Festival coming to Europe!

NOFX are bringing their Punk In Drublic festival to Europe in May 2019. Marketed as a ‘music and craft beer festival’, Punk In Drublic began in 2017 on the West Coast of the US. NOFX and Bad Religion will headline a very strong lineup this time around, other acts include Millencolin, Anti Flag, The Interrupters, Lagwagon and Less Than Jake.

This is particularly good news for anyone in the UK planning to attend Slam Dunk Festival. Punk In Drublic will have its own stage at both the Hatfield and Leeds dates. Slam Dunk 2019 already has one of the best lineups of its thirteen year history.

The announcement was made on the NOFX FB page. Check out the dates and locations in the poster above.



Fat Mike (NOFX) Launches Men’s Lingerie Line “Fatale”

One of punk rock’s most recognisable faces has announced the launch of his own fashion line. Fat Mike’s “Fatale” clothing range features dresses, knickers, stockings, and garter belts all apparently aimed at men. The NOFX vocalist and bass player has teamed up with LA-based designer Jessica Louise to make the collection a reality.

Appropriately, Fatale’s slogan on their website is: “Wear what the fuck you want!” Judging by Fat Mike’s hands-on approach to modelling the collection, it’s a maxim that he himself chooses to live by!

 

 



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 11 – Band Spotlight: Lost In Society

The boys over at Dying Scene Radio are back with a special Halloween episode (….a week after Halloween) to tickle and titillate those pretty lil ears of yours! In this installment, Bob meets up with NJ punks down in Fullerton to talk about the current trends in album recording, down tuning and other awesome stuff that AP has no clue about. As always, the guys are also bringing you all of the news you were probably too lazy to read and play spooky, Halloween themed tunes from emerging artists that you were probably too lazy to discover! They did all the work for you! So, crank up the volume grab some of that leftover Halloween candy and stream Episode 11 of Dying Scene Radio, below!



NOFX are recording new music and they have an Instagram post to prove it

If you’ve found yourself jonesin’ for some new NOFX jams then Fat Mike has some good news for you. He recently posted a video on Instagram of him laying down a new bass track in the studio accompanied with the following comment:

Didn’t have a lot of shows this year, so I wrote 55 NOFX songs. I just wrote number 56 tonite. Wanna hear it? It goes like this…

We’ll of course keep you posted when details start becoming official.

The new album will be the first since 2016’s First Ditch Effort, released via Fat Wreck Chords.



Album Review: NOFX “RIBBED – LIVE IN A DIVE”

Advertised on the Fat Wreck Chords website as “one of their top 3 live albums to date”, NOFX released their third live album last month.

A brief history: NOFX first released I Heard They Suck Live, a classic for sure, way back in 1995. In 2007, they released They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live. This second one was unique because the band went out of their way not to repeat songs from the first live album, thereby leaving off classics “Bob”, “The ’Brews”, and “Linoleum”. But considering the band had released so much new material since 1995, this was an uncharacteristically classy move for the band. What was not classy was teasing the listener by playing the almighty Decline as an encore only to fade the recording out after just a couple minutes (pisses me off just thinking about it). The band did eventually release a live version of The Decline, though by itself and in DVD and vinyl format only.

In the early stages of this millennium, Fat Wreck Chords launched the Live In A Dive series, subsequently releasing seven volumes between 2001 and 2005 and featuring, among others, Lagwagon, Bracket, and the Subhumans. The Live In A Dive title was shed when NOFX released They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live, though the Mad Caddies 2004 live album had also gone by a different title.

Then a bunch of years passed before the Live In A Dive series was revived with Ribbed – Live In A Dive. As the title suggests, the band plays songs only from their 1991 album, Ribbed. In fact, they play them all, and in order. The band even plays “Brain Constipation”, despite suggesting beforehand that the audience members take a break to go to the bathroom, and calling it “one of our worst songs ever”.

It has actually become commonplace for bands to perform albums in their entireties, and even releasing those concerts commercially; Less Than Jake did this for each of their first five albums. Ribbed – Live In a Dive is a first for NOFX, though.

Going back to “Brain Constipation”, this is a song that I’ve surely listened to dozens of times while listening to the Ribbed album or to NOFX on shuffle, and while it never stood out as a particularly strong song – I’m sure I didn’t even know what it was called before now – nor did it strike me as particularly awful. That’s one of the interesting things about NOFX in concert: they are so NOT rock stars. Their stage demeanor is casual and conversational and filled with self-criticism. I’ve always been fascinated when a band critiques its previous output, as NOFX often does before and after songs, whether panning “Brain Constipation”, or giving themselves passing grades on the final three songs, calling them “all pretty good”.

From their earliest days NOFX has been known for humor, though never really as a musically comedic act, like The Vandals kind of were, and maybe not intentionally, either – how seriously should we take Fat Mike as he sings about bathing on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, that they are “Shower Days”, and that he hates them? Sure, sometimes they cross the line, but in general Fat Mike, El Hefe, and Eric Melvin make me laugh.

Fat Mike also talks down “Food, Sex, and Ewe” as he laughingly reminisces of the days when he thought ska was cool because of Operation Ivy but suggests that he now thinks ska is stupid. Which is too bad because, while most of my favorite NOFX songs are of the fast and hardcore variety, one of the reasons I originally got into NOFX over twenty years ago was because they were often considered a ska-punk band. S&M Airlines has one ska song while Ribbed has two – I say “I Don’t Want You Around” counts – and they continued that practice throughout the decade. “Food, Sex, and Ewe” is not a bad song.

“I Don’t Want You Around” is a better song, though. Not to give too much away but there is a guest singer for this one due to Fat Mike’s inability to sing and play the song at the same time (the guest is Kody from Teenage Bottlerocket/The Lillingtons; ok, I gave away everything).

While the second NOFX live album avoided repeating material from the first, this third one makes no such promise, a good thing because otherwise it would be pretty short – “Moron Brothers”, “El Lay”, “Together on the Sand”, and “Nowhere” were all on I Heard They Suck Live; “Green Corn” was on They’ve Actually Gotten Worse Live; and (this only kind of counts) Ten Years of Fucking Up had live videos of the studio versions of “Shower Days” and “Gonoherpasyphilaids”. Teenage Me thought “Gonoherpasyphilaids” was hilarious. Thirty-Something Me still finds it amusing.

Speaking of things Teenage Me liked, how about the new boobs-jugs-balloons doo-wop tag at the end of “New Boobs”? They actually pull it off live! Comparing the songs “New Boobs”, about breast implants and cosmetic surgery, and “Malachi Crunch”, about racist skinheads, show the wide range of lyrical content NOFX can showcase throughout an album. Showing their range musically is showcased in “New Boobs” alone. Moments like the doo-wop tag seem to have been built for El Hefe. So perfect for him is this tag, as well as “Together On The Sand” and the doo-do-do-do-do-doo interlude in “Moron Brothers”, that it’s easy to forget that El Hefe didn’t actually join the band until after the original Ribbed was released. The transition from the acoustic pseudo-love song “Together On The Sand” into “Nowhere” is identical to that on the first live album, which was identical to the studio version. I’ve always loved the guitar lines in “Nowhere”.

Is “Cheese/Where’s My Slice” one song or two? The title suggests two but they’ve never been split into separate tracks. The sarcastic refrain “Where’s my slice? I want more than equal rights. I want everything for free” along with the line “You think I give a shit if you’re a socialist” from “Nowhere” serve as reminders that punk rock’s political views used to be more libertarian rather than the extreme left it generally promotes today (my quoting from “Nowhere”, by the way, is a perfect example of a writer taking something out of context. Feel free to look up the rest of the lyrics).

While there will always be those who violently disagree with me, I will fight to the death in defense of my claim that Ribbed was NOFX’s first good album. Brett Gurewitz produced it (note the Bad Religion-like harmonies in the middle of “Green Corn”), but he produced their first two albums as well, so it would seem the band simply got better. Ribbed is a solid-sounding record, but the quality of indie punk recordings has gone way up since 1991, so even though this is a live recording (made in 2012 though not released until 2018) the sound quality is superior to the original studio quality.

While the sound quality is better, the performance is sloppier, which is often the case for live recordings, though not always – NOFX’s performances of “You Drink, You Drive, You Spill” and “Beer Bong” on I Heard They Suck Live were both better and tighter than their respective studio versions. One excuse the guys, especially Fat Mike, allows themselves is that these songs are harder, apparently way harder than the First Ditch Effort material. Fat Mike begins the album by warning the audience that they’re “going to fuck up a fucking lot.” Before “Shower Days” he says, “everybody watch me; this is hard”. After “New Boobs”, Hefe and Melvin have a playoff to demonstrate how difficult the guitar lick is in the song they’d just played. I haven’t tried to play any of these songs, but I’ll take their word for it – these songs do sound more complicated than, say, “Six Years On Dope”.

Too much talking often prevents a live album from holding up over time; I like blink-182 but The Mark, Tom, and Travis Show is almost unlistenable now. The novelty wears off after four or five listens as the chitter-chatter turns more annoying than funny. I’ve never found that to be the case with NOFX. I Heard They Suck Live in particular still makes me laugh over two decades later. Their crude potty humor somehow comes off smarter than their peers, despite the onstage discussion that Fat Mike, at the time forty-six years-old, started doing drugs when he was thirty-two, so he’d only been doing drugs for twelve years (uhhhh…math much?). Other talking points include the differences between ska-punks and punk-punks, how to distinguish a high five versus a Sieg Heil, the pronunciation of the word “sabotage”, the consistency with which Jews have good ideas, and that the writers of Californication plagiarized a line from “Moron Brothers” for an episode.

NOFX still sounds good despite the drugs and middle-age. Seems like I haven’t heard a great live album since the demise of the original Live In A Dive series, which coincided roughly with the decline in popularity of punk rock. This one probably won’t become a classic the way I view I Heard They Suck Live, but any fan of the band is going to get a lot of enjoyment out of Live In a Dive – Ribbed.

4/5 stars



Listen to NoFX’s “Ribbed: Live In A Dive” album

NoFX released the latest in the Fat Wreck “Live In A Dive” series last Friday, with a live version of their classic album “Ribbed”, which was released all the way back in 1991.

You can have a listen below, or get yourself a copy from the label webstore.



Dying Scene Radio – Episode 8 – Band Spotlight: Voice of Addiction

Episode 8 of the official podcast of Dying Scene is now ready for your consumption, faithful listeners! In this installment, AP finally decides to do some work in his new city and meets up with Chicago political punks, Voice of Addiction during their stop in Denver to talk about everything from music fundamentals to shit stained pants! And as always, the guys are slingin’ some scene news that you were probably too lazy to read (except for the NOFX story, we’re sure you’ve heard about that one by now) and playing some fantastic music from incredible, up and coming bands you were probably too lazy to discover! So, get to it, below!



Punk In Drublic Fest to head North of the border in 2019

With the recent sad news of Rockfest having to file for bankruptcy protection, us Canadians got some good news in the form of Punk In Drublic Fest announcing they would be headed to moose country for some stops next year. Presented by the suddenly polarizing Fat Mike and with stops ranging all the way across this vast nation, every hockey loving, poutine eating, maple syrup blooded Canadian will get a chance to scoot to their nearest major city and check out the craft beer and music festival.