Face the Rail
Face the Rail


4.0
excellent

Review

by Statrick Pickles USER (63 Reviews)
August 10th, 2011 | 11 replies | 3,509 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: All surf no wave punk rock do it go!

Quite a few adjectives come to mind in describing the guitar line that starts "Last Time", track one of the self-titled LP from San Francisco beach-punks Face the Rail. Topping the list would most likely be fuzzy, sloppy, twangy, cautious, and somewhat restrained, to name just a few. Most fortunately for us, the latter two descriptors aren't relevant for long, and after about another half minute and a subtle "fuck yeah", Face the Rail launch into twenty-five minutes of pure surf punk bliss.

The self-titled comes complete with all the surf punk essentials: jangling fuzzed-out guitar lines that threaten to shred your face off, songs about skateboarding and being a loser so skateboarding some more, lyrics chock-full of stammered invectives and anti-establishment remarks, etc. Face the Rail lay it all on the line, the song titles really serving as tell-alls for the record's content, but that's exactly the point here. Play hard, skate hard, maybe try to make ends meet somewhere in the process. Oh, and don't be a dick, that's definitely important too.

Face the Rail is bodacious and radical and groovy, but most importantly, it's a good fuckin' time. The whole ordeal never slips back into the more subdued state of the opener's intro, and FTR pile on track after track of 100 M.P.H. beach'd-out punk rock. If the salty raw passion of "Violence" and its no frills chorus (repeat "I HATE VIOLENCE!" a bunch of times) isn't palpable enough to taste, well then I guess I just don't get the definition of palpable, nor should I really care. Or take "What A Drag", the way more rad surf punk version of any "I don't wanna grow up" anthem you've ever heard before - it's essential and it's awesome. To be honest, I haven't a clue what track nine "Space Invaders" is about, but I'd guess it's got something to do with space invaders, and I don't really care anyway because the track rules. And that's exactly what Face the Rail are going for - who cares, as long as it rules. Grab your zip zinger kids, it's time to skate.


"AHHH I ride my skateboard, every fucking day! Yeah we fucking skate!"



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iFghtffyrdmns
August 10th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Awesome record that sputnik's not familiar with, so this is me attempting to make you familiar. Download for free at:
digital.deadformat.net code is: facetherail
Or just stream it:
http://downloads.tankcrimes.com/album/face-the-rail

TheSpirit
August 10th 2011



16661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

OMG AMAZING ALBUM! I never thought I'd see the day where this gets a review. I posted this on my hardcore/screamo blog a few months back.... Good review!

Digging: Sexdrome - Grown Younger

iFghtffyrdmns
August 10th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hell yeah dude! Can't tell you how stoked I am that someone else out there likes these guys.

TheSpirit
August 10th 2011



16661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah they rule, your review perfectly describes their music and overall vibe

bungy
August 10th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

won't read your review but I'll listen to this

iFghtffyrdmns
August 10th 2011



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

that's good enough for me bungy, hope you dig it as much as I do bud! I'd really love to see more of sputnik hear these guys but we'll see what happens.

bungy
August 11th 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will report back

MaskAtTheMasquerade
August 11th 2011



2792 Comments


this seems awesome, will be checkin it out

bungy
August 22nd 2011



8843 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dig this

TheSpirit
February 9th 2012



16661 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is so fucking awesome and underrated

iFghtffyrdmns
February 17th 2012



7047 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

majorly so bro



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