Release Date: Nov 25, 2013
Record label: Fat Wreck Chords
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Punk/New Wave, Punk Revival, Punk-Pop, Skatepunk
If you weren't impressed with NOFX's Self-Entitled like me, you might be thinking twice about checking out the Stoke Extinguisher EP. But thankfully, it's concise in its six tracks, not to mention boisterous, loud, vibrant and basically holding that energetic essence that NOFX initially peaked with in the '90s.The hard-lined nature that screams NOFX is abundant in the hardcore-tinged opener and title track, with galloping riffs shuttled in with slick little hooks and Fat Mike atop his game. Cutting back on the elitist arguments and semantics of the band's past records, what happens on Stoke Extinguisher, which I think fans will appreciate, is a throwback to what made NOFX who they are.
"‘Stoke Extinguisher’ offers both food for thought and fuel for the pit..." As is so often the case with NOFX’s full-length ‘efforts’, last year’s largely underwhelming ‘Self Entitled’ proved to be yet another shameless study in self-repetition. Behind the scenes, however, the contrary quartet have continued to release an irregular stream of seven-inch singles with a far greater emphasis on quality control. Comprising the bulk of their most recent vinyl-only output, ‘Stoke Extinguisher’ offers both food for thought and fuel for the pit; cheap gags jostle for space with anti-establishment rhetoric and a wry sense of self-depreciation.
As NOFX careen into their 30th year as a punk rock institution, to say that they know what they're all about is a bit of an understatement. This is a band so self-assured that any opinion or personal revelation, no matter how weird or dark, feels like a regular day at the office, a tradition that holds up on the Stoke Extinguisher maxi-single. Featuring a new single, the titular "Stoke Extinguisher," along with "The Shortest Pier" from the compilation The Songs of Tony Sly: A Tribute, this feels like the NOFX we all know and love: driving, snotty, and angst-ridden.