NOFX’s Aaron ‘El Hefe’ Abeyta: “We’re older now, so there’s a lot more sad shit to write about”

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The past few years have been kind of intense for NOFX ringleader Fat Mike, between a relapse in his old drug habits, the tragic loss of some close friends, struggles with gender identity, controversy over touchy jokes… Probably some things we as fans don’t even know about, too. So it stands to reason that what NOFX followed up 2016’s First Ditch Effort album, the material would be some of their darkest. And it is: Single Album – the Californian skate-punk staples’ 14th LP – features some truly gut-wrenching lyrics, and some musical nodes that border on metallic in heaviness. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…