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Face to Face: Three Chords and a Half TruthThree Chords and a Half Truth (2013)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: JeloneJelone
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The first time Face to Face really fucked with their formula was with 1999’s Ignorance is Bliss, an alternative-minded record that buried the band’s pop punk roots in layers of guitar noise (it’s basically their Dear You). It also alienated a fan base that hated change (kind of like…Dear You). That record aside, the band have stuck to a pretty solid template: rapid fire drums, absurdly great basslines, huge choruses. While their records have at times played with heaviness (How to Ruin Everything) and hooks (Face to Face), the band’s output, while totally fun, has stayed consistent in sound. Indeed, core members Trever Keith and Scott Shiflett weren’t able to really explore other styles until they broke up Face to Face and participated in acts like Viva Death, Legion of Doom and Real Space Noise.
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