Trever Keith

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Trever Keith
Trever Keith at Warped Tour 2010-08-10 02.jpg
Keith performing with Face to Face on the 2010 Warped Tour
Background information
Born (1969-05-26) May 26, 1969 (age 45)
Genres Punk rock, mashup
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums
Years active 1987–present
Labels Dr. Strange, Fat Wreck Chords, Victory Music, A&M, Vagrant, Antagonist
Associated acts Face to Face, Viva Death, The Legion of Doom

Trever Keith (born May 26, 1969[1]) is an American musician, producer and record label owner from Victorville, CA. He was a founding member of the So-Cal punk group Face to Face. He has been the singer and guitarist of the band from their original formation in 1991 to their initial break up in 2004, and again since they reunited in 2008. Keith is the owner and founder of independent record label Antagonist Records. In February 2008 he released his debut solo album Melancholics Anonymous via his website.

Keith is also a part of the remix and mash-up duo The Legion of Doom and alternative rock group Viva Death.

Biography[edit]

Pre-Face to Face[edit]

After graduating high school in 1987, Keith decided to form a band with his friends Matt Riddle, Matthew Altmire, and Rick Altmire. They eventually formed a local metal band Victoria Manor. Very little is known about the band, and only three songs from a demo called "Side One" have ever surfaced. The group intended to record another tape called "Side Two", but never did. Instead they went their own way. Keith and Riddle would form another local metal band Zero Tolerance, who is now known as Face to Face.

Face to Face[edit]

Keith formed Face to Face in Victorville, CA in 1991. Cited as a seminal California punk group, Face to Face released seven full length albums and were active until September 2004 when the band ended with a farewell tour, supported by My Chemical Romance. In 2005, the band released a CD/DVD compilation, Shoot the Moon, on Keith's label, Antagonist Records. The DVD features a career retrospective documentary 'Punk Rock Eats Its Own - A Film About Face to Face' and the band's final performance from their 'Only Goodbye Tour' at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles, CA on September 19, 2004.

On January 29, 2008, Keith announced via Face to Face's official website that the band had reunited, for a number of shows in the US.[2] On April 5, 2008, the band performed together for the first time in four-and-a-half-years at The Bamboozle Left festival in Orange County, CA, and has continued to perform numerous live shows since, including dates in Australia, Hawaii and South America.

In June 2009, Keith announced via his Twitter account that Face to Face has been writing new material and would begin recording a new album in late 2009, for a 2010 release.[3] This was confirmed in the bands set at the 4th annual Fun Fun Fun Fest on November 7, 2009 in Austin, TX. Trever announced that the band was back, new material was being written and would be released in 2010. The latest album "Laugh Now, Laugh Later" was released May 17, 2011.

Outside Face to Face[edit]

After face to face's initial break up in 2004, Keith retreated out of the limelight to focus on several music projects including, his debut solo record, his record label Antagonist Records, and also formed the remix / mash-up duo The Legion of Doom with creative partner Chad Blinman. Keith also worked on the Once Percent Panic album as member of the band Viva Death along with face to face bassist Scott Shiflett. Keith also features as a guest vocalist on "People Like You Are Why People Like Me Exist" by Say Anything, which appears on their 2007 album In Defense of the Genre.

Solo career[edit]

In February 2008, Keith released his debut solo album Melancholics Anonymous on his own label Antagonist Records. The album was released digitally via his official website, where it was available to purchase for the price of $5, and available to stream in full for free. The CD version was limited to 1000 hand-signed & numbered copies, available only on the Trever Keith solo tour during April 2008. The album's direction explored a similar approach to face to face's controversial 1999 album Ignorance is Bliss, incorporating elements of electronic music with darker, moodier lyrics and melodies.

Production[edit]

Keith has recorded and produced several records, most notably for Vagrant Records bands No Motiv and Moneen. Other bands Keith has produced include, Viva Death, Death On Wednesday, Jughead's Revenge and Seconds To Go. Keith is currently working with UK indie rock duo The Definitive with plans to produce their debut album in late 2009.

Selected discography[edit]

Album Year Album Name Band Record Label Credits
1987 Demo Victoria Manor Self-released Vocals and Keyboards
1989 Demo Zero Tolerance Self-released Vocals and Guitar
1991 Demo Face to Face Self-released Vocals and Guitar
1992 Don't Turn Away Face to Face Fat Wreck Chords Vocals and Guitar
1994 Over It Face to Face Victory Records Vocals and Guitar
1995 Big Choice Face to Face A&M Records Vocals and Guitar
1996 Face to Face Face to Face A&M Records Vocals, Guitar, Producer
1997 Before You Were Punk Various Artists Vagrant Records Vocals and Guitar on Face to Face's cover of "In Between Days" by The Cure
1998 Live Face to Face VP Vocals and Guitar
1998 Just Joined Jughead's Revenge Nitro Records Producer
1999 Standards & Practices Face to Face Vagrant Records Vocals and Guitar
1999 Ignorance is Bliss Face to Face Beyond Records Vocals, Guitar, Producer
1999 And the Sadness Prevails No Motiv Vagrant Records Producer
2000 Reactionary Face to Face Vagrant Records Vocals, Guitar, Producer
2000 Buying the Lie Death on Wednesday SideCho Records Producer
2001 Diagram for Healing No Motiv Vagrant Records Producer
2002 How to Ruin Everything Face to Face Vagrant Records Vocals, Guitar, Producer
2002 Split with Dropkick Murphys Face to Face/Dropkick Murphys Vagrant Records Vocals, Guitar, Producer
2003 Are We Really Happy With Who We Are Right Now Moneen Vagrant Records Producer
2003 Viva Death Viva Death Vagrant Records Vocals, Guitar (Baritone), Producer
2005 Shoot the Moon: Essential Collection Face to Face Antagonist Records Vocals and Guitar
2006 One Percent Panic Viva Death Functional Equivalent Vocals, Guitar (Baritone), Producer
2008 Melancholics Anonymous Trever Keith Antagonist Records Written and Performed (Vocals and Instruments), Producer
2011 Laugh Now, Laugh Later Face to Face Antagonist Records Vocals, Guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ Trever Keith at Internet Movie Database. Accessed 13 October 2007.
  2. ^ We’re back!……….sort of. FaceToFace.com. Accessed 29 January 2008.
  3. ^ Face to Face writing songs for new record. Punknews.org. Accessed 19 June 2009.

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