August 8, 2009 in Music Reviews
NOFX has been a part of my life now for 16 years. I first was introduced to them in 1993 by a friend of mine and I can say that NOFX was my gateway drug into Punk Rock. The first song I remember hearing was The Moron Brothers off of their 1990 album Ribbed. (The song was later used in the movie Glory Daze with none other than Ben Affleck.) So, NOFX has always had a special place in my heart.
So, 16 years after my first introduction to the band and 22 years after their first full length (Liberal Animation) NOFX are still at it with their newest release, Coaster. A no holds barred, honest, insightful, thought provoking, and fun listen from a band that never seems to let up. What I like about NOFX is they’ve always stayed true to who they are as a band. Unlike their ska-punk peers The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, who I stopped listening to when their shit album Let’s Face It blew up. While NOFX isn’t breaking any musical barriors or experimenting, they’re a band that builds on their established sound and have given us the best album of their career with Coaster.
NOFX is also one of the few bands to blend humor and sarcasm with biting political and social satire. From fun drinking songs like First Call to calling out Christians and making no apologies about their non-belief in God with Best God in Show. While I don’t share some of the same beliefs the band does, it’s refreshing to have a band that doesn’t apologize for themselves or avoid certain subjects.
Musically, Coaster is tightly produced and ranges from reggae/ska infused songs (Best God in Show and I’m an Alcoholic), to politically charged punk rock (We Called it America). This is an album that a new generation as well as seasoned NOFX fans can appreciate. NOFX is one of the rare bands that gets better with age, and with Coaster they’ve proved that punk rock is here to stay.
Stand Out Tracks:
“Best God in Show”
“I Am an Alcoholic”