If you’ve gone shopping for a punk record at any point in the last few decades, you’re probably familiar with giants of the genre, NOFX. And if you’re an out-of-touch old fart who thinks punk rock died in the eighties, well…you still ought to recognize the vibe on the group’s latest release. Self-Entitled, their twelfth full-length, was designed to hearken back to that heyday of hardcore – the Reagan Years – and all the politics and perversions of older, more aggressive bands. This album reveals quite a bit about how that bygone scene has shaped the members of NOFX, and we caught up with singer/bassist Fat Mike to learn a little more.
Mike, I was bummed I couldn’t break the news to you that Underoath just called it quits. How much responsibility would you like to take for ridding the world of that band?
I don’t know if I take much responsibility…but I definitely made one Warped Tour difficult for those guys. I mean, it wasn’t like they’re not gonna break up! All those bands break up.