NOFX's Aaron “El Hefe” Abeyta on reworking Linoleum with Avenged Sevenfold and why Fat Mike made him ditch the whammy bar

Aaron "El Hefe" Abeyta of NOFX performs on stage at Project Pabst in East Atlanta Village on October 1, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Image credit: Paul R. Giunta/Getty Images)

Though NOFX performed all of 1992’s ripping White Trash, Two Heebs and a Bean at a pool party concert in California last year, the punk group’s new Single Album consciously curdles their salad days. 

Take Linewleum, a deconstructionist eulogy for Linoleum, the melancholy speedball that opened 1994’s Punk in Drublic. Familiar octave-forward melodies and double-barreled beats still abound, but Linewleum upends the arrangement with never-ending chord changes, eventually pivoting from skate punk toward shred-heavy guest guitarmonies from Avenged Sevenfold’s Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance. 

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.