Recorded at San Francisco’s Motor Studios with Black Flag’s Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, Teenage Bottlerocket), the 12-song LP entitled Single Album – is described as “unpredictable” and the “most personal” to-date.
NOFX have released their lead single Linewleum, which isn’t actually a new song. Back in 1994 the song Linoleum opened their album Punk In Drublic and has since gone on to become one of the bands most covered songs. NOFX have teamed up with Avenged Sevenfold for Linewleum, with an absolutely brilliant video honouring all of the fans who have covered Linoleum over the years. Fat Mike explains:
“I have no idea why ‘Linoleum’ is the NOFX song that is covered by so many bands – it wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF!”
“So, One night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing Linoleum was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics.”
“Then I asked the biggest of all the bands (Avenged Sevenfold) to play some leads on the song. Then M Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn’t fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones!”
NOFX’s original plans, set at the start of 2020, were to release a double album, but these plans changed, just like so many others, as the year exploded.
“I have no idea why ‘Linoleum’ is the NOFX song that is covered by so many bands – it wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF!” Fat MikeTweet
Mike said: “When you write a double album, you write differently. I was writing really different songs, and some fun songs, but you have to make a double album interesting enough to listen to the whole way. I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn’t accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title.”
Single Album cuts back the estimated 23 songs NOFX tracked to just 12. “I just kept adding songs,” he continues. “I was maybe a little out of my mind. I was pretty high on drugs that year.” he adds.
NOFX’s new album can be pre-ordered from Fat Wreck Chords.