|FAT WRECK CHORDS
Release Date: 07 October 2016
Format: LP Vinyl
|NOFX FIRST DITCH EFFORT Limited Vinyl LP
Whatís really left to say about NOFX? For over thirty years the reigning kings of punk rock have remained relevant by continuing to push the boundaries of their music and lyrics in a way thatís as endearing as it is infectious.
For that reason itís remarkably apt that the bandís latest LP First Ditch Effort is also their thirteenth, because ominous black clouds hang over this collection of songs that see frontman/bassist Fat Mike exploring self-loathing and mortality in a more raw and honest way than he ever has before.
Mike credits much of this to the writing process behind NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories, the bandís New York Times Bestselling memoir that forced him to confront his ghosts and revisit his past in ways that werenít always comfortable.
Additionally, having focused so much energy on writing songs for a Broadway musical over the past few years, Fat Mikeís songwriting on First Ditch Effort benefits from a similarly nuanced and varied approach, while simultaneously spitting out all the pent up angst and aggression that was necessarily reserved for NOFX songs.
Guided by the collaborative influence of producer Cameron Webb (Motorhead, Alkaline Trio, Social Distortion, Pennywise), the album busts out of the gate with the amped up ďSix Years on DopeĒ and never looks back.
From the ultra-melodic word-play of ďOxy MoronicĒ to the charging desperation of ďI Donít Like Me AnymoreĒ, First Ditch Effort flexes the broad spectrum of NOFXís abilities and delivers on the musicianship, wit, and element of surprise that fans have come to expect.
1. Six Years on Dope
2. Happy Fatherís Day
3. Sid and Nancy
4. California Drought
5. Oxy Moronic
6. I Donít Like Me Anymore
7. Iím A Transvest-lite
8. Ditch Effort
9. Dead Beat Mom
10. Bye Bye Biopsy Girl
11. It Ainít Lonely at the Bottom
12. Iím So Sorry Tony
13. Generation Z