Face To Face - Laugh Now, Laugh Later
Release Date: May 17, 2011
Record Label: People Like You Records
When it comes to grandfathers of the genre, there’s nary a more grandfatherly figure in pop punk than Face To Face. Formed in 1991, the California-based four-piece reunited to release Laugh Now, Laugh Later, their first record since 2002’s How To Ruin Everything. Laugh Now, Laugh Later is the group’s seventh studio album and their first for People Like You Records.
Face To Face’s first album in almost a decade doesn’t have the feel of a “reunion record” at all. It feels more like the organic seventh step in the group’s career that got put off a few years. The first three tracks are enough to unveil exactly what should be expected from this record – simple punk rock musicianship accompanied by fairly gruff vocals and lots of soaring melodies in the choruses.
Second track “It’s All About You” is a perfect example, as an easy-to-listen-to verse gives way to a huge chorus. It’s followed by “The Invisible Hand,” which makes use of catchy gang vocals as a sturdy backbone.
If Laugh Now, Laugh Later has one negative, it’s the fact that it tends to bleed together at times. While Face To Face delivers a well-executed and formulaic approach on Laugh Now, Laugh Later, some songs do get lost in shuffle. However, the high points are high enough to make the entire record a solid listen. The guitar-oriented duo of “All For Nothing” and “Pushover” are two highlights near the end of the record, and it’s the lighthearted punk musicianship that makes this album so appropriate for the season.
Face To Face didn’t craft the best pop-punk release of the year and it probably isn’t even the best release of their career, but it’s still awesome to get new material from a group of musicians who we haven’t heard from in a very long time. Much like Bad Religion, these veterans of the genre have aged well and with Laugh Now, Laugh Later, have proved they can still be relevant well past their more celebrated years.
Nice concise review. Definitly not their best work or even close to their best, but, it sticks to their tried and true early-mid 90s formula, and their staying power is evident in the fact that they can stick to a 15 year+ old forumla and still sound relevent and exciting. They've never been a very deep or complex band, their strength lies in their energy and anthemic chorus's (like a different Bouncing Souls). The second half of the record lags and has some filler for sure, but the opening two tracks are pure gold and stand up to the best songs of their back cataloge, and that's saying a lot. Seriously, those first two tracks are that good. Anyone curious but not wanting to spend $10...just buy the first two songs and like the reviewer said, get that knowldge bomb dropped on ya.
P.S> saw them on their current tour, their live show is still phenomenal. for a few dudes on the wrong side of 40, they still bring it and kill it moreso than most bands half thier age.
but the S/T and Big Choice are and probably will forever be their best works. But this is stilll good, a nice throwback record from a band comfortable again just being F2F and making a living being F2F. no more or less.