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Four to Go
Doghouse Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Gameface has been slugging it out in the trenches of the punk and post-hardcore scene of southern California for twelve years, and from the sound of Four to Go you would think that they are ready to give up. This album inhabits a narrow chunk of radio-friendly mediocrity between New Found Glory and Matchbox 20 while rubbing elbows with Tonic.

Four to Go seems to be an attempt by Gameface to enter the mainstream and garner commercial airplay. This album is familiar as it is the same contemporary rock dreck that has spewing from commercial media outlets for the past decade. They have an edgy look and feel, but the music has the toothless quality that you get from so many other MTV-style rock bands.

Before I continue, let me just state that this review is not an outright denouncement of this record. These guys are doing mainstream punk/pop/rock better than about 90 percent of the bands out there donig mainstream punk/pop/rock right now, but the sound is just played out and so sterile that you can't lift the band's fingerprint from it. The personality just isn't there. To vocalist Jeff Caudill's credit, he has a wonderfully emotional voice, but you just can't take him seriously when he sings, "I'm the king and you're the queen of all my crazy rock 'n' roll dreams." It's as if they completely gave up on writing lyrics, and just put together phrases that rhyme words such as "out" and "about".

After listening to Four to Go, I'm starting to think that the title is a countdown to retirement. After all, this album was delivered amidst rumors that Gameface was breaking up. I just can't help feeling that these guys decided that if they were on their way out as a band, they might as well use their talents to impersonate a Top 40 rock band to make a few bucks for the road. This is probably not true, but Four to Go sure sounds suspicious.

Reviewed by John Peters
A former contributing writer for LAS, John married former music editor Sarah Iddings. That\'s the last we heard from him.

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