NOFX, one of the originators of west coast punk rock, are now fast approaching their 31st year in existence. Formed in 1983, the band has influenced several generations of rebellious youth, extreme sports fanatics and wanna-be sound-alike cookie cutter punk bands worldwide. Undoubtedly, ‘Stoke Extinguisher’ will pick up where their last 12 studio full lengths, 16 EPs, and many 7" singles have left off, therefore ensuring their place in punk rock history.
Most fans will instantly recognize Fat Mike’s unmistakable voice and Eric Melvin’s thick and meaty guitar tone as NOFX rips into the title track, ‘Stoke Extinguisher’, which is unfortunately the only new song on the EP. Recently, the band offered their fans a chance to make their own video for the song and have narrowed down the submissions to a final three videos. If you get a chance, check the video link for the video entry that currently has the most views on YouTube.
The next track on the disc lends a nod to the recently departed No Use For A Name front man, Tony Sly. NOFX’s version of NUFAN’s ‘The Shortest Pier’ is not only on the new EP ‘Stoke Extinguisher’, but also on the recently released Fat Wreck Chords compilation disc ‘The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute’, which is a memorial to the enigmatic and talented front man who passed away in 2012.
I Believe In Goddess (Demo Version) is the next song on the EP, a song that was originally released on the 2012 NOFX disc ‘Self Entitled’. Throughout the years, NOFX has made a point to release alternate versions on their songs, and this time offers no exception.
‘My Stepdad’s a Cop, and My Stepmom’s a Domme’ was the title track on the 2012 7” EP of the same name. That song, along with ‘Wore Out The Soles Of My Party Boots’ from ‘The Greatest Songs Ever Written By Us’ are exactly the same as when they were previously released, and sound just as good as ever.
The last track on ‘Stoke Extinguisher’ is ‘New Year’s Revolution’ from last year’s ‘Xmas has been X’ed’ EP. It is perfect timing considering the time of year that this record has been released.
Overall, you are going to either love or hate this record, depending on what side of the punk rock fence that you sit on. Longtime fans will most certainly find a spot for it in their collection, while the band’s detractors will still continue to wonder how much longer they can go on. NOFX has definitely found their formula to success, as well as song writing. My myself, I'm just glad it's not an election year...