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NOFX: Stoke Extinguisher [7-inch]Stoke Extinguisher [7-inch] (2013)
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If you weren't impressed with NOFX's Self-Entitled like me, you might be thinking twice about checking out the Stoke Extinguisher EP. But thankfully, it's concise in its six tracks, not to mention boisterous, loud, vibrant and basically holding that energetic essence that NOFX initially peaked with .
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If you weren't impressed with NOFX's Self-Entitled like me, you might be thinking twice about checking out the Stoke Extinguisher EP. But thankfully, it's concise in its six tracks, not to mention boisterous, loud, vibrant and basically holding that energetic essence that NOFX initially peaked with in the '90s.

The hard-lined nature that screams NOFX is abundant in the hardcore-tinged opener and title track, with galloping riffs shuttled in with slick little hooks and Fat Mike atop his game. Cutting back on the elitist arguments and semantics of the band's past records, what happens on Stoke Extinguisher, which I think fans will appreciate, is a throwback to what made NOFX who they are. This is complemented by their previously released cover of Tony Sly's "The Shortest Pier," which is as endearing as it gets.

The bass-powered demo of "I Believe In Goddess" adds layers of nostalgia once more. It's edgier and packs a lot of punch. There's vitriol in the punk of NOFX, of course, but while nothing too innovative comes of this EP, the simplified breakdown works. The band neatly balance the crudeness, anger and political bent of these tracks. While lo-fi, reverb-filled vocals change courses to help unleash unbelievably fat guitar riffs accompanied by the band's trademark blend of melody and pummeling rhythm, Fat Mike really helps distinguish the majority of the record as nothing too vintage or forward thinking, but one that ignores the rules and isn't afraid to be itself. He measures the distance and pace of his vocals well.

"New Year's Revolution" ends as another lowbrow, compact punch of quintessential NOFX. There's no need to reinvent the wheel or push the envelope anymore. I wouldn't want NOFX resting on their laurels, but they've earned the right to have fans just sit back and listen to the detours they want to take musically. If we ingest them well, that's a different story, but I think they've earned more than a modicum of respect for what they've done. They stand true to their ideals on Stoke Extinguisher and I couldn't ask for more.

 

 
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wayne7001 (January 6, 2014)

Hi, I'm Fat Mike and I release the same songs 20 fucking times.

wadledee12 (January 4, 2014)

Honestly the title song was the highlight

sadastronaut (November 30, 2013)

This song rules and so does the Tony Sly cover. The 7" is the way to go though because even though New Years Revolution and the rerecorded Party Boots are awesome, people who buy this would probably already own those already.

renaldo69 (November 27, 2013)

Exiles...I have EP in the body. The writers don't craft the headlines/titles...and sometimes it wouldn't kill you to let one slide.

exilesamongyouyouyou (November 27, 2013)

First of all: To clear up any confusion, the title says this is the 7" review, but the 7" only has two tracks, so the review is actually for the CD.

Secondly: I bought the CD today and I agree that the packaging is a huge disappointment. I already had most of these songs from the previous 7" releases that compile them, but since I don't have a record player and own every other NOFX CD (besides that rare Leave It Alone import EP), I wanted to grab this so that I didn't leave a hole in my collection.

I was hoping for something along the lines of the Never Trust A Hippy packaging, but was guessing it would be closer to the Cokie packaging since FAT and NOFX have been going digipak crazy in the last four or five years. That would have been okay, since Cokie at least had the lyrics printed on the inside of the gatefold even without a booklet. And honestly, I only expected the lyrics for the title track, since the others have been released elsewhere. But this one has a few production credits only. No lyrics. So that's disappointment for sure.

Thirdly: What's up with the word "ROPE" being written on the CD itself instead of the title of the EP?

sometwo (November 26, 2013)

You'll never understand how someone could have liked Self-Entitled? It sounds exactly like their other 15 albums. That said, I liked it quite a bit, just like I've liked their other 15 albums.

porksoda (November 26, 2013)

I'll never understand anyone who thought Self-Entitled was good.

eazyd2 (November 26, 2013)

what type of dumb cunt still buys cd's? even i quit that shit last year

telegraphrocks (November 26, 2013)

1- Stoke Extinguisher
2- The Shortest Pier (from Tony Sly tribute)
3- I Believe in Goddess- demo (from Ronnie & Mags 7")
4- My Stepmom's a Domme and My Stepdad's a Cop (from 7" of the same name)
5- Wore Out the Soles (from New Years Revolution 7")
6- New Years Revolution (from New Years Revolution 7")

The only song I didn't have was "Stoke Extinguisher". I like buying CDs... when there's a fucking booklet.
Even at only a few bucks, I feel ripped off.

davebrave4 (November 26, 2013)

I wasn't into Self Entitled much either--I preferred Coaster.

The track list I read said it also had "Wore Out the Soles of My Party Boots" and one other previously released song that I can't remember--possibly that Jesus one. With the inclusion of the Tony Sly tribute track, that's three tracks I already own? Couple that with a lack of an insert, and they have successfully extinguished my stoke.

longshot (November 26, 2013)

No insert? Really? Looks I'm buying just the mp3s, then.

telegraphrocks (November 26, 2013)

The fucking CD doesn't even have a booklet.
Thanks, Fat. Assholes.

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