NOFX

Stoke Extinguisher EP

Written by: PP on 27/12/2013 22:23:30

Never known as a band fond of longer periods of inactivity, NOFX like to put out 7-inch records, participate in compilations, and that sort of thing on a regular enough basis to make it difficult even for the most dedicated of fans to keep up with their pace. On the heels of their excellent 2012 album "Self/Entitled", they've released a number of songs in various formats, six of which have been compiled on what is in my opinion one of the funniest EP/album titles in 2013, "Stoke Extinguisher".

Out of the six tracks on the record, we have one brand new track, which incidentally carries the same name as the EP itself. This is a throwback towards "War On Errorism" style technical skate punk, although it could've easily been a cut from the "Self/Entitled" sessions as well. From these sessions, "I Believe In Goddess" is featured here in a raw demo version, and "Wore Out The Soles Of My Party Boots" and "New Year's Revolution" are on the "Xmas Has Been X'ed / New Year's Revolution" seven-inch that was released in conjunction of said album. It was one of their best records in years, so it's no wonder to discover these two tracks to be the two highlights on "Stoke Extinguisher" as well. "The Shortest Pier" is actually a Tony Sly (NUFAN) song that appeared on the tribute compilation to the late punk rock legend, and "My Stepdad's A Cop And My Stepmom's A Domme" is found on another "Self/Entitled" connected EP.

Generally, "Stoke Extinguisher" continues along the lines of "Self/Entitled", except arguably with an even stronger leaning towards "War On Errorism" and "Wolves In Wolves' Clothing" style skate punk than the full-length did. There are few, if any, references to their looser 90s style, which means it's basically NOFX on autopilot. Fortunately for us, NOFX are pretty good even when they are doing just that, the bad news is that it feels nowhere near as fresh as the full length did last year. If anything, this should remind you of the 7" of the month club songs they released during 2005-2006. Some good, some decent, but this isn't NOFX at their best.

7

Download: Wore Out The Soles Of My Party Boots, New Year's Revolution
For the fans of: Bad Religion, Lagwagon, Descendents
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Release date 25.11.2013
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