The band’s 14th studio album kicks off with the single “Linewleum,” a tribute to the myriad of bands that have covered their 1994 anthem “Linoleum”
Punk pillars NoFX have announced their 14th studio album set for a February 26th release date via Fat Wreck Chords.
The album was initially intended to be a comprehensive double album but a change in the finish product resulted in the tongue-in-cheek title, Single Album.
“When you write a double album, you write differently,” Fat Mike says. “I was writing really different songs, and some fun songs, but you have to make a double album interesting enough to listen to the whole way. I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn’t accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title.”
To begin the album rollout, NoFX enlisted the help of Avenged Sevenfold to revisit one of the band’s classic cuts. “Linewleum” is the band’s play on the opening anthem from their 1994 opus, Punk In Drublic. The enduring quality of the track is something that seems to baffle Fat Mike, so much in fact that he felt compelled to write a song about it.
The frontman shared his reasoning behind the latest iteration of the track.
“I have no idea why “Linoleum” is THE NOFX song that is covered by so many bands while other NOFX songs get hardly any attention. “Linoleum” wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF!
So, One night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing “Linoleum” was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics.
Then I asked the biggest of all the bands (Avenged Sevenfold) to play some leads on the song. Then M Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn’t fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones! A song about not playing a song that’s not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song! This is why I love punk rock writing punk songs. Rules out the door!
Watch the video that includes footage from a plethora of bands big (August Burns Red, Frank Turner) and small covering “Linoleum” for the video for “Linewleum” featuring Avenged Sevenfold.
Pre-order Single Album from NoFX – HERE