Words: Matt Innes
Seminal SoCal punks NOFX will be calling it a day in 2023.
The announcement was made by bassist/vocalist ‘Fat’ Mike on Friday 2 September during a Twitter exchange with a fan. When asked why the band don’t perform more often in Canada, Mike responded:
“Actually, we love Canada, it’s just that next year will be our last year,” Mike wrote. “We will be announcing our final shows soon. It’s been an amazing run….”
That news has since been confirmed by the band’s management and again by Mike who stated that NOFX will play their last show next year in Los Angeles, a fitting send-off for the band and the place where it all began for them.
Australian fans will have their last look at NOFX live during the Good Things Festival run, hitting Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this December. Though billed to play their classic ‘Punk In Drublic’ album in full, in a recent interview Mike made it clear NOFX don’t want to rest on their laurels.
“That used to be our best record in the ’90s, but it’s not anymore and people want to hear new songs. It sounds weird, but they really do,” he said.
“NOFX are not a nostalgic act; we’re not The Dickies or The Damned. Our last record got reviewed better than any record we’ve ever had, yet we actually hear people say: ‘play new songs’, which is weird.”
Now that the end is nigh for NOFX, it’s anyone guess what these Californian lords of chaos will conjure on their final Australian sojourn.
NOFX formed in Los Angeles in 1983, founded by Mike, guitarist Eric Melvin and drummer Erik Sandin, the longest-serving members of the band. Over the past 40 years, NOFX have carved themselves a permanent place of honour in the annals of music history as trailblazers for the quintessential Californian punk rock sound.