I am seriously in an old school punk rock overload as of late these days and could not be happier. It seems as if all these bands I used to adore as a kid are coming out of the woodwork and are releasing albums as well as touring in support of them. In the last week alone I have seen live performances by some amazing bands from the 80s and 90s including Bad Religion and Strung Out. There is one band though that I was most excited for, a band that I was more or less obsessed with in my high school years.
Seeing Face To Face live completely blew me away. I saw them last summer at the Warped Tour and they sounded great, but their set was so short it was almost depressing. For more on the show check out the review I posted last week.
Let’s talk about Face To Face…
Trever Keith and company may have stated that Face To Face was done back in 2004 due to indifferences, but just four years later the band decided to regroup but had no plans on releasing new material. Featuring Keith (the only original member), Chad Yaro, Scott Schiflett, and Danny Thompson, the California punk rock act is back in the scene. Not only have they been hitting the roads, but they have also decided to drop an all new album titled Laugh Now, Laugh Later on Antagonist Records. This is the band’s first album release in almost eight years.
“Should Anything Go Wrong” opened the album off strong and almost sounded as if the band never took a break. With a catchy chorus and fierce guitar playing, the song reminded me why I have loved this band for so long. “It’s All About You” follow and was a little less intense, but Keith’s lyrics just made the song as well as the fun guitars throughout, especially midway through. Just two songs in on the album and I was already impressed.
“The Invisible Hand” was an instant classic to my ears. With lyrics of trying to grasp on to what you can not have, the track immediately was lodged in my mind. Although I liked the bass lines in “Bombs Away”, I felt the song was a little too Ignorance Is Bliss for me and I just could not get into it. “Blood In The Water” was a good track though and begged for another listen as was “What You Came For”. “I Don’t Mind And You Don’t Matter” really could have been left off the album as it just did not fit in with the rest.
“Stopgap” was a nice harsh track with Keith repeating “you got something you want to say to me / so what’s your story better get it straight / don’t waste my time with your apologies” throughout carried by some great guitar work and drumming. In a more positive feel, “All For Nothing” was a decent love song that had a couple Social D-sounding notes thrown about.
“Pushover” tried hard to hang on to the old school Face To Face sound. While the track sounded great, I felt the bass riffs could have been faster and heavier. They seemed to hide behind a lot of the track on the album, especially this one. The track was also incredibly short and just dropped off leaving “Under The Wreckage” to close things up on the album.
I interviewed Keith a few years back and remember him saying that they missed playing shows and he had no intentions on recording new material. It did not sound like he was that excited to create a new album as much as he was with playing older material, but I am pretty sure the tables have turned. Laugh Now, Laugh Later may not be the best thing I have heard come from Face To Face, but there are a couple gems in there. I am just more thrilled the band is back and doing their thing.
As previously mentioned, I saw them live about a week ago and they killed it on stage. Throughout their set their played three of the new tracks and, to me, they fit in just fine with all of the classics they created years ago. The one thing though that impressed me the most though was how happy Keith and crew were on stage. They were having a good time doing what they love best and as a fan, I could not ask for anything more.