Face the Rail
Face the Rail


4.0
excellent

Review

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


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


18586 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: Volahn/Shataan/Arizmenda/Kallathon - Desert Dances and Serpent Sermons

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


18586 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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

bungy
August 10th 2011


8957 Comments


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


8957 Comments


I will report back

MaskAtTheMasquerade
August 11th 2011


2888 Comments


this seems awesome, will be checkin it out

bungy
August 22nd 2011


8957 Comments


I dig this

TheSpirit
February 9th 2012


18586 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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