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NOFX - Stoke Extinguisher NOFX release new EP featuring a clown on a unicyle..strange! Let's go along for the ride!.. Opening song and title EP track, 'Stoke Extinguisher' is the typical melodic punk which we know and love from the band, nothing terribly surprising but not necessarily a bad thing! Second song, 'The Shortest Pier' is a cover song originally by No Use for a Name front man, Tony Sly. This is a true and proud interpretation of the song, making for a good tribute indeed! The very short demo third track, 'I Believe In Goddess' starts with nice bass intro and builds up nicely before delving into a fast paced song featuring some interesting good lyrics. This is a hard hitting punk rock song, that is short but straight to the point! We are treated to a nice comical fun song in the form of the catchy, 'My Stepdad's a Cop and My Stepmom's a Domme'! 'Wore Out The Soles Of My Party Boots' has a nice opening, with solid rhythms, beats, and well placed gang vocals which help with emphasis and to top off, some super slick guitar licks! The know how to pack the best into a short track! Final track, 'New Year's Resolution' is a funny and pessimistic fuck you to the new year's resolution tradition! Done in great style with tonnes of melody. This EP is a fun and enjoyable one and gives a good taste of what the band offers and what they do best!After all this time on the scene they are still dominating and show no signs of 'extinguishing'! CL

Newbury - Growing Pains EP What do you do if you want to write music, but feel it's all been done before? Well, if you're Maine-based pop-punk trio Newbury, you do it better than other people. A sure-fire way to get noticed. There's nothing on this album you haven't heard before, especially if you're a Blink 182 fan. The melodies are somewhat predictable, the riffs effective if a little simple and the vocals saccharine-sweet to the highest degree. On tracks like Ethylene, where Newbury attempt to steer more to the punk end of their genre, the rhythms are as fast and punchy as you'd expect them to be, no more and no less. But, despite all I've just said about the genericness (is a word, honest) in this EP, it is by no means a bad listen. Sure, you may have heard countless other bands do very similar things, but one of the joys of this kind of pop-punk is that it doesn't matter that you've may have heard it before; when bands like Newbury put out music like this the only thing you can do is don your skinny-jeans and Vans and wait for the summer. AL

Issue 23 of Stencil Mag  

Features interviews from the following: A Day To Remember, Trivium, Of Mice & Men, We Are The In Crowd, Miss May I, The Pretty Reckless, Iss...

Issue 23 of Stencil Mag  

Features interviews from the following: A Day To Remember, Trivium, Of Mice & Men, We Are The In Crowd, Miss May I, The Pretty Reckless, Iss...