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Music Review: An older, wiser, but no-less biting NOFX emerges on First Ditch Effort

For years, it seemed like time would never catch up with NOFX. The legendary East Bay outfit has always seemed to take joy in living the life of a band that’s lucky enough to play punk rock for a living. That includes the excesses and indulgences that come with it. Early songs like “Drugs Are Good” and “You Drink, You Drive, You Spill,” for example, aren’t cautionary tales, but songs that pledge tongue-in-cheek allegiance to punk rock’s stereotypically jaded, wasted way of life.

But as its members push 50, it’s become noticeably harder for the band to put up quite the same carefree front. It was a shift that arguably began in 2003, when NOFX went after Bush-era foreign policy on The War On Errorism. From there, the band’s music continued down a more overtly political, and personal, path. Issues such as divorce and substance …

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