Face to Face

Face To Face/Dropkick Murphys [Split EP]

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Vagrant Records' split EP series is clever cool in showcasing some of punk revival's movers and shakers while praising those who kept the spit and snarl alive throughout the 1990s. California's rowdy rockers Face to Face was one of those bands, and Boston's own musical madmen the Dropkick Murphys were also culprit. A split EP of merry mayhem, Dropkick Murphys/Face to Face is a great addition for any punk fan, not to mention a rebellious, rollicking good time. Face to Face's rendition of Stiff Little Fingers' "Wasted Life" is hearty and thick, and Trevor Keith's blazing riffs matches his rough, thirst-quenched vocals. Dropkick Murphy's Al Barr turns things up a notch. His abrasive take on Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" makes for a barroom brawl. The Press's "21 Guitar Salute" and Face to Face's "Road of the Righteous" boast similar appeal, however Kay Hanley's (ex-Letters to Cleo) sweet disposition on the playful rock jig "The Dirty Glass" is a perfect storybook tale.

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