California punk band Face to Face is back with a vengeance with their ninth studio album Protection. Released on Fat Wreck Chords, the label that has fed us a solid diet of Cali punk music since the early nineties, home to bands such as NOFX, Me First & The Gimmie Gimmies, Lagwagon and Less Than Jake. Protection comes on the heels of the 25th anniversary of Fat Wreck Chords and proves that after a quarter century of working with a wide array of punk rock musicians, this label is as strong as ever. Last summer Fat Wreck Chords went on a 25th anniversary tour that rocked Toronto at the awesome lakefront venue, TD Echo Beach. While Face to Face was not a part of the 2015 anniversary tour, Protection is their first release on FAT in over 20 years and an excellent throwback to the band’s earlier sound – a sound that was cultivated at a time when Fat Wreck Chords was just getting its start.
Protection was released in March of this year, but offers an excellent summer soundtrack that makes for the perfect backdrop to any summer activity, be it extreme sports, lounging like a boss or making the long drive to the cottage.
From the album’s first track Bent But Not Broken through to the final eleventh track And So It Goes – Protection is the album that will bring fans of the band’s earliest hits (such as the 1992 classic Disconnected) back to the fold. Required summer audio for any fan of the California punk sound.
Bent But Not Broken