Punk legends NOFX and Frank Turner announce their split cover record, “West Coast vs. Wessex,” to drop on July 31 (Fat Wreck Records).
This record brings together LA natives and their friend from across the pond and former lead singer of Million Dead.
The tracks, “Thatcher F*cked the kids” by NOFX and “Bob” by Frank Turner, are available to stream on all platforms.
“I listened to all his records, and I picked the ones that I thought I could make more interesting,” notes Fat Mike. “What I did is change a lot of chords. Frank, he beats me in the singing department. So, I can’t sing better than he can, but I can maybe throw in a melody here or there or chord that he hadn’t thought of.”
Turner took a similar approach. “I didn’t want to just do straight covers of anything. I wanted to try and pick songs where I felt like me and my band could bring something different to the table,” he says. “But, it did strike me that it would be cool to demonstrate to the casual NOFX fan who doesn’t know who I am, that I am actually a fan. I didn’t just go to Spotify and pick the five most-listened-to songs.” For the record, only one of his choices appears on Spotify’s top five for NOFX: ‘Bob’, which Turner here transforms into a wistful country song.
“Everything he picked was from the ’90s, so I took that as it’s okay to mostly do his early stuff too,” says Fat Mike, who channeled ‘90s NOFX for their interpretations, transforming ‘Thatcher F*cked The Kids’ into a jaunty companion to ‘Philthy Phil Philanthropist.’”