NOFX may have been a strange, some might say unsuccessful, presence at Bonnaroo this year, but Fat Mike and crew are maintaining their status as punk powerhouses with their loyal fans. Two years ago the band promised those fans an album of 80’s hardcore covers, and now they’re finally ready to release it.
Though lacking an official title (album art is to the right), the 7” vinyl record is set to drop on August 2nd thanks to Fat Wreck Chords. There also isn’t any word on a tracklist, and there’s no reason to suspect one anytime soon. “We’re just going to put it out,” Fat Mike told Ground Control when first discussing the EP. “We’re not going to put any information on it; no credits, no song titles, no nothing – just a blank disc. So if you don’t know who it is, you won’t know who it is.” He did mention Necros, Social Unrest, and Stretch Marks as acts that would get the tribute treatment, and that all nine tracks would come from rather obscure American hardcore bands.
In addition, listeners can prepare to hear the first ever recordings of NOFX from way back in 1984. Self-described by the band as “fucking terrible,” the Thalidomide Child EP will feature eight songs from the band’s original recording sessions. The release date for that EP is still forthcoming, but you can hopefully hear them sounding better on the Canadian and European dates below.
NOFX 2011 Tour Dates:
06/23 – London, ON @ The Music Hall *
06/24 – Toronto, ON @ The Kool Haus *
06/25 – Toronto, ON @ The Kool Haus *
06/27 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Burton Cummings Theatre *
06/29 – Edmonton, AB @ The Edmonton Events Centre *
06/30 – Calgary, AB @ The Mac Ewan Hall *
07/01 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore *
07/02 – Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore *
08/11 – Bildein, AT @ Picture On
08/12 – Puttlingen, DE @ Rocko del Schlacko Festival
08/13 – Rothenburg o.d. Tauber, DE @ Taubertal Festival
08/15 – Tolmin, SI @ Sklabfest
08/16 – Sesto San Giovanni, IT @ Carroponte
08/18 – Gampel, CH @ Open Air Gampel
08/19 – Lindau, DE @ Vaudeville
08/20 – Hamburg, DE @ Area 4 Festival
08/22 – Malmo, SE @ Malmo Festival
08/27 – Charleville Mezieres, FR @ Le Cabaret Vert
08/28 – Hamburg, DE @ Extreme Playgrounds
* = w/ Teenage Bottlerocket