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

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)