When Did Punk Rock Become So Safe?
NOFX mosh pit/Ian Dickinson for LAist
After twenty-five years of punk rock, PCP and hippie bashing, Fat Mike and the boys of LA-born NOFX haven't stopped their fight to uphold the tenets of the punk ethos. Having played three shows at the Henry Fonda last week, the band highlighted songs from every era of their history, never once failing to entertain the crowd with their signature hilarious, immature and oftentimes bigoted banter.
But Mike and his crew, now pushing past 40 years old, realize that their long-standing legitimacy hasn't always been just about boozing on stage, harassing the crowd, or screwing up a song or two. On their 2003 album The War on Errorism, Mike wonders what happened to the scene he grew up with, posing his inner turmoil by asking when punk rock became so safe, when the scene became a joke, and what ever happened to the fight against complacency. With their 12th studio album currently in production, NOFX has achieved what few punk bands have done in the past; consistent relevance in terms of current events, social commentary, and of course, their unique brand of crass humor, all of which has resonated with fans worldwide for nearly three decades.