Trever Keith: The Complete Lyrics 1990-2020, By Trever Keith

Jan 26, 2021

I’m gonna hand in my punk card right now by admitting that when I got this book to review, I thought, “Trever Keith… Trever Keith… that name sounds familiar.” The fact is that I was never a fan of Face To Face (FTF), although I found their covers album, Standards & Practices, to be fun. Even in high school, my friends who were really into bands like NOFX, Rancid, and other California punk were never listening to FTF. So I guess they always flew under my radar.

The book consists of all the lyrics Keith has written for FTF since the band’s founding in 1990. I’m not sure how many songs that includes, because there are no page numbers or a table of contents. At first this seemed like a major error on Keith’s part. Then I realized that this book consists solely of all the FTF lyrics in alphabetical order by song title. This includes songs that are to be on a forthcoming album. So, as long as you know the song title, you can find your favorite FTF track.

Yet that’s all there is; there’s no introduction by Keith or a foreword by another musician. There isn’t any writing that puts these lyrics in context or where Keith explains the process of his songwriting. There are a few drawings by Ray Tattooed Boy of random things like an umbrella, a snake, a skull, et cetera. They don’t seem to relate to the songs on which page they appear, but they look cool.

Given that this is a collection of thirty years’ (a long time in the punk world) worth of lyrics, it seems a shame to not add some supplementary material to make sure you’re giving the fans their money’s worth, especially since this soft cover book sells for thirty dollars. As it stands now, I’d only recommend this to die-hard fans of the band. This all being said, I listened to FTF’s self-titled album on YouTube while I wrote this review and it’s pretty fucking good. –Kurt Morris (Antagonist, iamtheantagonist.com)

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I was excited to review this book since not only was it written for drummers (and I am one), but it was also written by a talented drummer who plays in the band Dillinger Four. He would be the first to point out how meaningless it is to include those details, and after reading this book I would be inclined to agree. That is only because I now feel like I am better able to understand and embrace nihilism (in regard to drumming). When I first received this book in the mail, I was immediately nervous and thought that it was going to be awkward that I would have to write a bad review, since it’s a small black book of unnumbered pages with only a couple sentences on each page. It’s almost like a book of memes written by the guy who refuses to just bite the bullet and learn how to do social media. But I’m glad to say it was actually hilarious and I ended up with nearly a third of the pages folded to mark my favorites lines. It opens with a foreword by Dave King, who is apparently a famous jazz drummer. Although he somewhat roasts Lane, it really only further strengthens the appropriateness of embracing the nihilistic philosophy since he too—although extremely accomplished and expertly skilled in drumming—is more or less just as unknown and unimportant as the rest of us (drummers). It felt like I, too, was getting roasted as I read it, but I also felt a comradeship in the smugness of the jabs at the drummer “culture.” Lane reminds me of a Larry David of drummers, spouting some realness and knocking any cocky drummers down a peg or two. Lane owns a drum shop and is also a clinical psychologist, so it’s safe to say that he has geeked out on drum gear as much as a gearhead can and he’s come out the other end as a nihilist. There is something oddly comforting about knowing that no matter what, you’ll never be as good as the best legends, but also that, “Your drumming hero sold 300 records last year.” It was an unexpected delight and perfect for drummers who don’t take themselves too seriously, which we all know are the best kind. –Rosie Gonce (tcdrumcollective.com/the-nihilist-drummer-book)
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