When taking at look at the seemingly endless crop of seminal punk bands that the 1980s had to offer, NOFX will always be one of the most memorable. Through over a dozen releases in their 30 year career, there’s little question that NOFX has firmly established themselves as not only punk pioneers, but also icons of the genre as well. Given this notoriety within their community, the band has gotten to the point in their career where even their shorter releases, though some composed mostly of recycled material, can still feature a few shining moments. This is exactly what NOFX’s latest EP Stoke Extinguisher accomplishes, further confirming the band’s incontestable punk status.
The only new song on Stoke Extinguisher is its title track, a thoroughly enjoyable encapsulation of the band’s beloved style. There’s nothing too out of the ordinary to report on this track – it’s still the same melodic punk NOFX has been known for producing since shifting over to Fat Wreck Chords back in 2003. However, this isn’t to say the band refuses to have fun while recording it. The groggy, softer tone of Fat Mike’s vocals transfer well into a much more immediate approach once the massive guitar riff kicks in.
The rest of the EP, however, is material most diehard NOFX fans have already gotten their hands on – the five tracks that follow “Stoke Extinguisher” are those found on other 7”s such as Ronnie & Mags, My Stepdad’s a Cop & My Stepmom’s a Domme, and their Christmas EP released back in January. Regardless, that isn’t to say the material doesn’t add to the EP at all; it’s actually pretty nice to see these songs alongside each other in another release. Not to mention, these are really great songs. The band’s cover of “The Shortest Pier,” previously featured as part of Fat Wreck’s tribute to the memory of No Use for a Name frontman Tony Sly, is a crisp, concise embodiment of the musician’s work. And, I have to admit, I got a pretty big kick out of hearing “New Year’s Revolution” with the holiday season just right around the corner.
Overall, NOFX’s latest effort, Stoke Extinguisher, is an enjoyable one. It finds a middle ground between having a reason to exist outside of just repackaging a few old songs, while still giving fans some extra material that didn’t make the cut on their former full-length. For all intents and purposes, Stoke Extinguisher accomplishes just what it needs to accomplish: Giving the public a little taste of what they almost missed out on.
Review by: Landon Defever