Face to Face (punk band)

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Face to Face
Scott Shiflett at the Observatory Santa Ana CA Dec 2014.jpg
Face to Face performing at the Observatory in Santa Ana, California in December 2014.
Background information
Origin Victorville, California
Genres Punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock[1][2]
Years active 1991–2004, 2008–present
Labels Dr. Strange, Victory Music, Vagrant, A&M, Fat Wreck Chords, Rise
Associated acts Legion of Doom, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, No Use for a Name, The Offspring, Pulley, Saves the Day, 22 Jacks, Viva Death
Website www.facetofacemusic.com
Members Trever Keith
Chad Yaro
Scott Shiflett
Danny Thompson
Past members Rob Kurth
Matt Riddle
Mark Haake
Pete Parada

Face to Face is a punk rock[1][2] band from Victorville, California formed in 1991 by front man Trever Keith, bassist Matt Riddle and drummer Rob Kurth. The band rose to fame with their 1995 album Big Choice, featuring the radio hit "Disconnected" that was first played by KROQ and appeared in the movies Tank Girl and National Lampoon's Senior Trip.[3]

Face to Face officially split up in September 2004, allowing the band members time to focus on other projects.[4] During that time all the band members played in a number of post-Face to Face projects including Legion of Doom, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Offspring and Saves the Day.[5] In April 2008, after a four year hiatus, Face to Face performed together for the first time at The Glasshouse in Pomona, California.[6] [7] Since then, the band has continued to perform and has released two more studio albums.


Beginnings (pre-1992)[edit]

Face to Face can trace its beginnings to 1988 where Trever Keith (vocals, synthesizers), Matt Riddle (bass, background vocals) who had been friends since high school (plus Todd (Rick) Atmire (guitars) and Matt Atmire (drums)), formed a metal band named Victoria Manor that lasted a few short years.[8] After Victoria Manor disbanded Keith and Riddle formed a band named Zero Tolerance with drummer Rob Kurth and guitarist Mark Haake who were both Air Force members stationed at George Air Force Base outside of Victorville. Although no Zero Tolerance records exist, they recorded a demo tape in early 1991 with this line-up. Later in 1991, the band decided to take a new musical direction and changed their name to Face to Face. Shortly afterwards, guitarist Mark Haake left the band and the remaining members continued on as a three-piece.

The band continued to play frequently throughout the Inland Empire and Orange County and quickly became a local favorite alongside bands like The Offspring, Guttermouth, Voodoo Glow Skulls, and others. At a show in Montclair, CA in May of 1991, the band met Bill Plaster of Dr. Strange Records and was offered a record deal. After accepting Plaster's offer, Face to Face entered Westbeach Recorders studio located in Hollywood, CA in October of 1991 to record songs for their first album, Don't Turn Away (1992). Once the recording was finished, Dr. Strange Records had difficulty raising the financial resources to have the recordings pressed; in the interim, the band met Jim Goodwin.[9] Goodwin offered to record the band's newest songs for free so they entered the studio in August 1992 and recorded "Nothing New," "Pastel," and "Disconnected". These three songs ended up being included on Don't Turn Away along with the songs recorded at Westbeach Recorders.

Mainstream success (1993-1997)[edit]

In 1993, following a three-week tour in Germany supporting Lagwagon, Face to Face added Chad Yaro as an additional guitarist and began writing material for a new record.[10] Before the band began recording the new material, they decided to sign a recording contact with a new label, Victory Music.[11] On the heels of the new recording contract, Face to Face entered the studio with producer Thom Wilson (of The Offspring fame) and began recording the album that became known as Big Choice.

After finishing the recording, Victory Music decided they wanted to a test their distribution system with a new release. To do so they assembled an EP of songs featured on several of the band's 7" records along with other unreleased recordings. This EP was titled Over It (EP) and was released several weeks before Big Choice. The EP contained a remixed version of the song "Disconnected". This version began to receive significant airplay from KROQ in Los Angeles, California. This drove the label to push the band to re-record "Disconnected" for Big Choice. It was featured as a bonus tracks alongside a cover of the The Descendents song "Bikeage".

After touring with bands such as NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Offspring in 1995 supporting Big Choice, bassist Matt Riddle chose to leave the band. Riddle went on to play in 22 Jacks, Pulley, No Use for a Name and most recently The Implants. The band replaced him with a then-unknown bassist, Scott Shiflett. Scott's first show with the band was on December 2nd 1995 at the Victorville Fairgrounds.

In 1996, Face to Face began writing and recording what was to become their third album self-titled. This was the first record without Matt Riddle, who had been Keith's songwriting partner. Due to this, Keith wrote the majority of the songs on the album with some help from Shiflett and Yaro. In the studio, the band once again recruited Jim Goodwin to record and produce the record. Following the release of the album, they headlined the 1997 SnoCore Tour and joined the Warped Tour.

Later years (1998-2004)[edit]

In 1998, it was announced that drummer Rob Kurth was leaving the band. To finish out the tour for their self-titled record, the band hired drummer Jose Medeles. After the tour ended, Pete Parada joined the band as Kurth's permanent replacement. With Parada behind the drums, the band recorded and released two more albums (with producer Chad Blinman), Ignorance is Bliss (1999) and Reactionary (2000). Following the release of Reactionary, long-time guitarist Chad Yaro left the band to focus on his family.

Following Yaro's departure, Face to Face decided to remain a three-piece and began writing material for their sixth studio album, How to Ruin Everything, which was released on Vagrant Records in 2002. Following the release of How to Ruin Everything, the band headlined The Warped Tour.

In the fall of 2003, the band began a temporary hiatus; however, the following year, they announced that their hiatus would be permanent.[12] They gave their fans a proper farewell with "The Only Goodbye Tour" of 2004 with supporting acts My Chemical Romance and Seconds to Go, which followed with a raucous Warped Tour finale in Boston.[13]

Breakup Period (2005-2007)[edit]

Following the band's breakup, Keith was active in the mash-up group Legion of Doom. Shiflett worked extensively on his brainchild Viva Death. Parada joined Saves the Day and was eventually was recruited by The Offspring, replacing drummer Atom Willard.[14]

Reunion and beyond (2008-present)[edit]

On January 29, 2008, Face to Face announced that the band would be reuniting for select shows in the US and internationally.[6] Later that same year the band launched a short U.S. tour[15] with former Uprising drummer Danny Thompson filling in for Pete Parada who was touring with The Offspring. When Parada decided to permanently commit to The Offspring, Face to Face brought Thompson on board as their full-time drummer.[16] Since the inception of this new lineup in late 2008, the band has recorded two new albums and toured extensively.

In Septermber of 2015, it was announced that the band had signed with Fat Wreck Chords and was headed to the Blasting Room in Ft. Collins, CO to begin recording a new album.[17]

Band members[edit]

Current members:

Past members:

  • Pete Parada – drums
  • Matt Riddle – bass, vocals
  • Rob Kurth – drums, vocals



For all releases, see Face to Face discography.


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  2. ^ a b "TXB Interview: Face to Face’s Trever Keith - Xbox". Interviews.teamxbox.com. 2009-08-27. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
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  4. ^ "[WORLD PREMIERE] Face To Face "It's Not All About You"". KROQ. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
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  10. ^ Jolley, Jeff. "Writer". Rad Cyberzine. Rad Cyberzine. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Jolley, Jeff. "Writer". Rad Cyberzine. Rad Cyberzine. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
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  13. ^ Vela, Jose. "Writer". DOA: For the Love of Music. DOA: For the Love of Music. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  14. ^ Vela, Jose. "Writer". DOA: For the Love of Music. DOA: For the Love of Music. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  15. ^ "Face to Face (Fall 2008)". Punknews.org. 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  16. ^ Vela, Jose. "Writer". DOA: For the Love of Music. DOA: For the Love of Music. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "Face to Face Signs With FAT". Fat Wrek Chords. Fat Wrek Chords. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 

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