The frontman for NoFX offered his assessment of the last four years with regards to the current climate of the United States in an essay that was dictated by Kerrang!
Beginning with the historic violence that took place on the grounds of the US Capitol Building on January 6th, Mike's evaluation of the socio-health of the country was especially shaken when he watched as Capitol police officers took photos with some of the rioters.
"But the thing that upset me was when I saw one of the cops take a selfie with one of the rioters inside the building. That just hurt me. I didn’t know how to deal with that at all."
A regular critic of the country's affinity for religious zealotry and gun fanaticism, Fat Mike's most pertinent critique of the country is with the prevalence of racism that has seemingly become reinforced over the course of the last four years.
"I used to be scared of this country, and embarrassed by this country, because it’s a religious nation. It’s a gun-toting Christian state. But what I didn’t understand was that racism is this huge. I knew it was there, but our country is just full of uneducated racist idiots, and that’s crazy. Because of that, we’re the last in everything."
As for the forecast paired with the transition of administrations, Mike confides that he doesn't really feel like the president's actions result in much change for most people's day-to-day life. The macro-nature of the policy making rarely makes the translation on a micro level.
Sharing his fear with the kind of divisiveness and animosity that is so prevalent right now, Mike also added a slight sense of optimism that typically comes with such significant change.
The complete essay is available via Kerrang! - HERE
NoFX will release their latest LP, Single Album on February 26th via Fat Wreck Chords. The band's lead single is reworking of their classic, "Linoleum" with 2021 installment "Linewleum" featuring special guests Avenged Sevenfold.