NOFX Recruit Avenged Sevenfold for New Song ‘Linewleum’

Punk legends NOFX have just announced their 14th studio album, Single Album, and released its first single, “Linewleum.” Dedicated to the hundreds of bands who’ve covered NOFX’s classic “Linoleum” over the years, the new song features a lead from Avenged Sevenfold, who also appear in its official music video alongside August Burns Red, Tony Sly, Frank Turner and others.

Single Album was initially supposed to be a double album, but frontman Fat Mike bailed on the idea partway through the writing process. “When you write a double album, you write differently,” Mike says. “I was writing really different songs, and some fun songs, but you have to make a double album interesting enough to listen to the whole way. I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn’t accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title.”

Fat Mike describes the record as unintentionally dark and inspired by his own infamous drug use. “I was pretty high on drugs that year,” Mike describes 2019. From Single Album, the song “Grieve Soto” pays tribute to late Adolescents founder Steve Soto, while “Birmingham” addresses the moment Mike finally accepted that he was a drug addict.

“That was a clarity moment in my life when I was by myself, and the sun’s coming up, and I’m scraping cocaine off the floor, like, ‘Eww, gross. I shouldn’t be doing this. So what did I do? I ordered more.” Following a hospitalization to treat a bleeding ulcer, the NOFX frontman entered rehab in fall 2020 and has reportedly been sober since.

As for “Linewleum,” Mike reflects on the universal love fans have for “Linoleum.” “I have no idea why “Linoleum” is the NOFX song that is covered by so many bands while other NOFX songs get hardly any attention. ‘Linoleum’ wasn’t a single, it had no video, it got no radio play, and most importantly, it didn’t even have a chorus!!! All popular songs have choruses! WTF! So, One night I stayed up till 4:00 am checking out all the different versions on YouTube. Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing ‘Linoleum’ was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics.”

He adds, “Then I asked the biggest of all the bands (Avenged Sevenfold) to play some leads on the song. Then M Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn’t fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones! A song about not playing a song that’s not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song! This is why I love punk rock writing punk songs. Rules out the door!”

NOFX – Linewleum (Official Video)

Watch the video for “Linewleum” above and click here to pre-order Single Album via Fat Wreck Chords. Produced by Descendents legends Bill Stevenson and Blasting Room co-owner Jason Livermore, Single Album will be released Feb. 26.

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Avenged Sevenfold Singer Explains Decision to Hold Off on Release

To release music or not to release music? That is the question that many bands have faced during the pandemic and in a new interview with Kerrang!, Avenged Sevenfold‘s M. Shadows explains his band’s decision not to rush a new album out, especially with touring on hold.

​“No one wants to put out the record if we can’t tour it,” explained the vocalist. “The reality is – and no one wants to hear this – in this day and age, rock ‘n’ roll just takes too long to make: you know, it’s going to be a three-year record to make. And if we put that record out and then we’re locked down for another year, as much as people don’t want to believe this, they are not going to give a shit about a record that came out a year prior when it’s time to tour.”

Shadows says he knows the anticipation won’t be the same for fans if the record is available for a full year before the band can play live. “You see it everyday – if you look at iTunes or Spotify and see how quickly it all turns over, it’s just weekly onto the next thing and onto the next thing again. If you just imagine putting out a record in August, and then you’re not touring until next August, people don’t want to hear this but they’re not going to care; they’re going to be like, ​‘What’s next?,'” says the singer. “Once the Gojira record, or the new Metallica record or the new Megadeth record comes out, they’re not going to care about what came out the year prior. Our whole thing is: if it’s going to take us three years to do a record, we’re going to make sure we can play it live and people are going to be excited about it.”

That said, Shadows reveals that the next Avenged Sevenfold record, while still in the works, is not complete. He adds that the group had no major plans for 2020 before the pandemic, and have taken a more casual approach to working on the record since the pandemic started.

“At this point the record’s still not done, so there’s really not that much going on in our world! We hang out a lot and we’re working on stuff, and when that gets done we’ll call some people and say, ​‘Hey, let’s do some shows,’” says the vocalist.

Even with work continuing, Shadows says there’s still things they want to do for their album that will need to wait until the pandemic restrictions lift. “We’re still trying to get string sections together, and our mixer is older and I know that they don’t want him to travel right now because of COVID, so even if we got it done right now, we couldn’t get it mixed. So we’re just not worrying about it, you know? It’s like, ​‘When we can, we can.’ But right now, we can’t,” says the singer.

As for the sound of what’s coming, Shadows teases, “The [new] record sounds nothing like The Stage – it’s a completely new direction, and it sounds nothing like anything we’ve done. That’s all I’ll say about it: it’s over the top, and it’s very eclectic and wild!”

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