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"One night I stayed up till 4am checking out all the different versions on YouTube," he continues. "Watching hundreds of bands from over 28 countries (mostly Indonesia) doing Linoleum was a humbling experience for me. So I decided to write a song that was a shout out to all those people that learned those four chords and remembered the non-rhyming lyrics.
"Then I asked the biggest of all the bands, Avenged Sevenfold, to play some leads on the song. Then [A7X frontman] M. Shadows suggested we do a video together. Then I figured I should put all of the bands in the video. Well, I couldn't fit all the bands, but I picked a bunch of cool ones! A song about not playing a song that's not a hit song with a video about other bands covering the song! This is why I love punk rock writing punk songs. Rules out the door!"
Linewleum is just one of 12 songs that make up Single Album, with NOFX revealing they worked with Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore on the full-length. Originally planned to be a double album, Mike reveals that COVID-19 changed that last year.
“When you write a double album, you write differently,” he says. “I was writing really different songs, and some fun songs, but you have to make a double album interesting enough to listen to the whole way. I wanted to make a perfect double album, and I didn't accomplish that. So I decided to just make a single album, hence the title.”
Single Album is due out on February 26, 2021 via Mike's Fat Wreck Chords. Check out Linewleum below: