NOFX – Double Album

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Double Album - Fat Wreck Chords

So this is NOFX’s final album, or maybe it’s the second installment of their final album, both are debatable. I’ve been to way too many punk reunion shows to ever take a band splitting up as a definitive final statement, at least not without a healthy dose of scepticism. Double Album does has a different feel to Single Album, and it seems like NOFX have decided that on their alleged last stand NOFX should do what they do best, and that is just to be NOFX. This album does not come with surprising tracks or styles snuck into the grooves, as Single Album and First Ditch Effort did, and there is something to be said for going out as you want to be remembered, even if you might be coming back at some point, and still have the remainder of the sessions from Single / Double Album that will be released next year as Half Album.

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Opening track Darby Crash Your Party hits you with an almost familiar bass riff that gives way to a deeply personal full tilt track, the kind that has opened the majority of their albums confirming that whilst the party might be in it’s final stages, it ain’t over yet. My Favorite Enemy keeps things running in the familiar groove, with Fat Mike once more laying himself psychologically bare in his own inimitable style, before Don’t Count On Me completes a perfect opening trilogy. Would it be a NOFX album without some laid back vibes? well Johanna Constant Teen fits the bill, well half of it does before it inevitably speeds up. The only vague curve ball in the first half of Double Album is Punk Rock Clichè, a track originally written for Blink-182, why this didn’t happen is best known to the recently reformed stadium punks, but the version contained on Double Album indicates this was an error of judgement.

The second half of Double Album kicks off with Fuck Day Six, a suitably subtle account of that stage of rehab, this is followed by a new improved and slightly polished version of their 2018 single, Is It Too Soon if Time Is Relative?, that proves that recycling is a positive activity. Alcopollack and Three Against Me are both welcome hits straight outta the NOFX playbook with the finalé from their final album, Gone With The Heroined, delivering a fitting (almost) final epitaph from a band that have left an indelible stamp on the punk scene. So here we are with four decades of NOFX behind us, and remember the majority of that time has been with the current line up, and now sadly it seems not much time left in front of them. For all their faults, the stupid shit that’s been said and done by this band, as recanted in The Hepatitis Bathtub which really is jaw dropping read at times, they are still here, maybe that’s part of the appeal, they are just as fucked up as the rest of us and they don’t pretend to be anything else.

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Yes, Double Album is familiar, but if you love NOFX then you’ll love Double Album, plus it won’t taint your memories of the band, as some aging punk bands later releases have over the years. NOFX seem intent on not being one of those bands that has long since outstayed their welcome, and if they stay true to their intentions then this is a rare thing, with many bands from the previous generations of punk still touring regularly well into their 60’s and 70’s. Maybe they will return in the future, maybe they’ll change their minds, maybe they never intended to quit, who knows? But for now this is a fitting swan song, well the entire Single, Double and Half trilogy will be when it’s all finally released. But for now we have a fine final full length and a final tour that promises to span the globe over the next year or so, and doubtless there will recordings from that released in one format or another. The end is in sight for NOFX, but it might just be further away than you thought it was.

Double Album will be released on the 2nd December via Fat Wreck Chords