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DS Photo Gallery: Face To Face and Austin Lucas at Boston’s City Winery (9/23/18)

Face To Face brought the US tour for their recent Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions) EP to its Boston stop at City Winery last Sunday night. If you missed the abridged backstory behind this latest release, it goes a little something like this: inspired by the positive vibes that came out of the acoustic VIP pre-show sets that they performed on last year’s EconoLive ’17 tour, the pioneering SoCal quartet hit the studio, emerging with new versions of some previously-recorded tracks like “All For Nothing” and “Shame On Me” and “Keep Your Chin Up,” tracks that didn’t normally see the light of day during the band’s normal punk rock set. (And “Disconnected,” a song that the band has seemingly recorded at least once per year since its appearance as their debut single 27 years ago.)

Instead of merely playing the original tracks close to their respective vests and simply re-recording them as straight-forward acoustic tracks, the band opted to strip each song down and re-imagine it in new and sometimes surprising ways: boot-stompers, Lucero-style alt-country jams, sort of Jason Mraz-style adult contemporary-ish ballads, and so on and so forth. The results may be – in this writer’s opinion – mixed, but they may also represent the band’s most “punk rock” effort since their 1999 album Ignorance Is Bliss. And they also make for a pretty fun, occasionally raucous, and enjoyably different type of Face To Face show. With a stripped down set, there’s very little room for error, and that’s magnified in a venue like City Winery with its crystal-clear sound and clear sight lines in spite of its long rows of family-style tables that run the length of the venue perpendicular to the stage. This puts extreme focus on the band’s musicianship; Scott Shiflett has long been known as one of the premier bass players in the scene, and he played with a much smoother groove than the normally in-your-face “lead bass” style we’re accustomed to from him. The setting and the country-ish rock and roll style fit pretty perfectly in Dennis Hill’s lead guitar playing wheelhouse. Danny Thompson, rock-solid behind the drum kit during the band’s normal set was perhaps the hardest-working member of the foursome on this occasion, employing castinets and an electric cajon and a washboard and a variety of other percussion instruments that lent unique flavor to the different tracks that composed the hour-long set. And while frontman Trever Keith has always played guitar in the band, it’s his voice that’s been a large portion of the band’s trademark over the last quarter century, and it had plenty of room to soar and to whip up the occasional singalong (some of them admittedly half-hearted, though that was our fault, not theirs) in the process.

Support on this leg of the Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions) tour run comes from Austin Lucas. The Indiana-based troubadour grew up a punk rock fan in small town America, and has become one of the more hard-working, road-tested members of the country-punk set in the last decade. The City Winery style lends itself well to the solo singer-songwriter, and Lucas, ever the story-teller (and wildly underrated as a guitar player) took full advantage of that. While I’ve never set foot in Indiana, Lucas’ songs paint a picture that’s not unlike the main streets and backroads of New Hampshire where I grew up before moving south, so there is an instant, funny familiarity that makes his work so engaging.

Head below to check out our full photo gallery!



New Video: Face To Face – “All For Nothing”

SoCal punk rock mainstays Face To Face have unveiled a brand new music video for the track “All For Nothing.” Check it out right here!

This particular version of “All For Nothing” comes from the band’s most recent release, Hold Fast, which features acoustic reworkings of previously recorded Face To Face tracks. Hold Fast was released on July 27th via Fat Wreck Chords. In its original form, “All For Nothing” appeared on the band’s 2011 full-length, Laugh Now, Laugh Later. Check out Face To Face’s upcoming Hold Fast: Acoustic Sessions tour dates right here.



New Music: Viva Death (Face To Face’s Scott Shiflett) debuts “Ready To Go” from upcoming album, “Illuminate”

We’ve been waiting on this one for a looooong time, and all of a sudden, it’s here!

But first, a history lesson. Viva Death started as a baritone-guitar driven project spearheaded by Face To Face’s Scott Shiflett and Trever Keith. The lineup on the band’s first few albums (2002’s Viva Death and 2006’s One Percent Panic) was filled out by Shiflett’s younger brother, Chris, the omnipresent Josh Freese on drums and producer extraordinaire Chad Blinman (Face To Face, Saves The Day, The Get Up Kids and more). 2010 brought the project’s third release, Curse The Darkness, but also had turned into a labor-of-love project between Blinman and the elder Shiflett, who played virtually all of the instruments on that go-’round.

In the years since Curse The Darkness, Face To Face has obviously become much busier again and Shiflett and Blinman live on opposite coasts, so Viva Death took a back seat. They came together a while back to record a brand new album, and the fruits of their labor are finally upon us. The new album is called Illuminate, and it is due for release on October 26th. Pre-orders are available at all the normal outlets here, and you can check out the album opener “Ready To Go” below!



Listen to Face to Face’s “Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)” album

Face to Face have released their “Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)” album. It came out last Friday (July 27th) via Fat Wreck Chords. It’s up on Bandcamp now – have a listen below.

The band’s last album was 2016’s “Protection”.



Face to Face release acoustic version of “All For Nothing”

Fat Wreck champs Face to Face have a new acoustic album coming out. “Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)” will be made available on July 27 through all the usual suspects (Fat Wreck Chords). You can pre-order it here.

The band has just released the third single off the upcoming album, “All For Nothing” which is an old classic in a new likeness for all us old farts that need to take a breather and rest our knees every once in a while.

So, get up you undead skate punkers! This one’s for you! No reason to stand in the back. You don’t even need to bust an ollie for this one. Stream “All For Nothing” below.



Face to Face Stream Acoustic Version of “Keep Your Chin Up”

Legendary Fat Wreck Chords act Face to Face are allowing fans to stream a track from their latest acoustic album Hold Fast: Acoustic Sessions. The tune is titled “Keep Your Chin Up” and first appeared on the band’s 2016 record Protection.

The below version of “Keep Your Chin Up” is the second track that Face to Face have released from Hold Fast: Acoustic Sessions. The first was a stripped down version of their classic song “Disconnected”.

The full record will be released on July 27, 2018.



Face to Face streaming “Disconnected” off upcoming acoustic album “Hold Fast”

Socal punk legends Face to Face announced earlier this year they were working on a new acoustic record. Hold Fast will be released July 27th via Fat Wreck Chords. The band has spoiled us with the first song off the new album, for long time fans “Disconnected” will always be a favorite, but now we get the softer more stripped down version and it doesn’t disappoint.

Check out the amazing acoustic version of this classic below.

This is the first new release from Face to Face since the 2017 EP Say What You Want. You can catch Face to Face this December playing alongside Flogging Molly at the third annual “Fireball – Fueling the Fire” tour.



Flogging Molly, Face To Face & Lost In Stereo to feature on “Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour” in the UK

Flogging Molly, Face to Face and Lost In Stereo are to feature as part of the third annual ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour. The tour runs through December in the UK. Full details of the tour dates are below. Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.

There is one more band still to be announced.



Dirty Fonzy play covers of Bad Religion’s “American Jesus” and Face to Face’s “A-OK”

During their last live session, French punk rockers Dirty Fonzy performed cover versions of not one, but two, 90’s punk classics Bad Religion‘s “American Jesus” and Face to Face‘s “A-OK”. You can give it a watch below!

Dirty Fonzy just released the covers album Covering Punk Songs, which contains the studio versions of “American Jesus” and “A-OK”. It’s available on their Bandcamp page.



The Jukebox Romantics kick off tour with Less Than Jake and Face to Face, open custom snare drum contest

NY natives The Jukebox Romantics are officially kicking off their tour with Less Than Jake, and Face to Face today!

The boys are playing tonight in New Orleans at the House of Blues, and then will head off to Houston, TX and beyond.

In addition, any “Sleepwalk Me Home” album purchased between now and the end of the tour will automatically be entered to win a custom Darkhorse/ Jukebox Romantics snare drum. Purchase an album and a chance to win here!

Check out the dates below.



Pouzza Fest 8 announces final lineup

Canadians rejoice! Pouzza Fest 8 has announced the full lineup. Let’s be honest it was already pretty stacked but adding punk legends Face to Face, Canadian punk legends Chixdiggit!, Get Dead and so many more awesome acts. I don’t want to jump the gun but I think Rockfest has some serious competition. The festival runs May 18th to the 20th in lovely downtown Montreal.

For more information about the lineup or tickets head on over here.



Face to Face announce upcoming acoustic record

Punk veterans Face to Face recently announced that they will be releasing a brand new acoustic record. The band announced on Facebook that they would be joining Lucero and Frank Turner’s World tour for one date on August 3rd at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre in Colorado for a special acoustic set in support of the record.

Tickets are currently on sale for the show here, with more details regarding the album coming soon. You can see the band’s statement here.

Face to Face released their latest album, Protection, in May 2016 on Fat Wreck Chords. It’s the band’s ninth studio album.

 



Face To Face announce “25 Years of SoCal Punk: A Visual History” coffee table book

Every year of a band’s existence gives it increased opportunities to look back and reflect and celebrate its own respective high and low points. But if you are a that’s been as seminal and influential to people as SoCal punk veterans Face To Face, who’ve rounded the corner on a quarter century of making music in one form or another, you get to collaborate with fans and look back together.

Founding frontman Trever Keith has announced details of a retrospective coffee table book called “Face To Face – 25 Years of SoCal Punk, The Visual History.” It was compiled by longtime fan (And graphic designer) Aaron Tanner, and it’s chock full of pictures, setlists, stories, and memories from such scene vets as Chris Carraba, Tim McIlrath, Roger Lima and more. The book is slated for release in December, but pre-orders of the limited edition book are available here. As is the standard nowadays, there are a variety of pre-order option packages available, but they all come with a previously unreleased track called “Self-determined.” Check it out!

Face to Face released their latest album, Protection, last May on Fat Wreck Chords. It’s the band’s ninth studio album.



Pennywise announce European tour dates

California punk icons Pennywise have announced a European tour that will take place next month and in August. The tour includes mostly festival appearances, and headlining gigs with The Offspring, Face to Face, Good Riddance, Teenage Bottlerocket, PEARS and Not on Tour.

Tour dates can be see below, or in the poster above, and tickets and more information are at this location.

Pennywise released the compilation album, Nineteen Eighty Eight, in May of last year via Hardline Entertainment. They have been working on a new album for sometime, which is tentatively due for release later this year and will be their first since 2014’s Yesterdays.



DS Interview: Trever Keith opens up on “Protection,” rejoining Fat Wreck, and Face To Face’s Econo-Live ’17 tour

As I write this, the East Coast leg of Face To Face‘s Econo-Live ’17 tour had just came to a close, and the band will have a little over a week off before round two kicks off in Salt Lake City (dates here). The tour marks their first lengthy string of dates in the US in the more than fourteen months since the release of their latest album, Protection, which itself marked the band’s triumphant release to their former label home, Fat Wreck Chords. We’ve caught up with Face To Face’s founding frontman Trever Keith on numerous occasions throughout the years, but last week in Boston (well, Somerville, but close enough) marked the first time we sat down for an in-depth, face-to-face (pun obviously intended) chat about the current state of things in the legendary SoCal punk rocker’s camp. Suffice it to say, we had a lot to talk about.

If you’re not familiar with the Econo-Live ’17 tour, allow us to catch you up to speed. If we rewind the tape Face To Face Band History tape a couple of decades, we’ll come to their initial Econo-Live tour in 1996, a quick run of shows in which the band packed into a van and played a handful of smaller clubs around the country. The project was recorded at various stops along the way and turned into the now highly-sought-after Econo-Live EP. Given that we just rounded the corner on twenty years since the original, it seemed to Keith to be a good time to dust off those particular cobwebs and try it again in a way that seems equal parts fresh and familiar. “When you’re a kid,” says Keith with more than a little youthful exuberance still in his voice, “you’re just like “I just want to play shows! I don’t care! I’ll play every night!” After you’ve been doing it for a while –  we want to play shows that matter.” Between the increased amount of entertainment options and the increasing responsibilities that come along with being a forty-something punk rock fan (never mind bandmate), it’s an understatement to note that the live music scene circa 2017 is a bit of a different animal than it was in 1992. “We want to be more strategic about when and where we play and make sure that it’s something that is going to be an event that will get 40-somethings off the couch! (*both laugh*) I’m guilty of the same thing for bands I love. You’ve got to do something that’s a little bit above and beyond, so if you don’t have the package, you do something like we did here.

The package he’s referring to is a VIP experience that more and more bands have been incorporating in recent years. Specifically in this case, the tour combines some of the ideas that were represented by a few limited-run Face To Face tours over the last couple of years that a majority of their fan base clamored for a chance to experience: their acoustic Ignorance Is Bliss set, and their “Triple Crown” shows that highlighted the band’s immensely popular first three studio albums. In addition to a meet-and-greet and autograph session, each of these shows finds the four-piece playing an eight- or nine-song acoustic pre-set before doors open to the general public. The results have been positive, particularly among the band’s dedicated fanbase, which maintains an ever-growing online presence through a closed Facebook group maintained by a small handful of hardcore, longtime fans and collectors. That’s an amazing thing,” Keith comments, with genuine appreciation in his tone. “It’s totally taken on a life of its own, no credit to us. We’re thrilled that there’s such a supportive, tight-knit community of Face To Face fans and collectors. Jack (Cohenour) has been great, and some of the other people like Jessica (Sakolinsky, who also co-runs the Mable Syndrome podcast) are people that run that thing day-to-day and organize events. It’s really, really cool.”

“Really, really cool” also seems to sum up the general consensus concerning not only the band’s latest album, Protection, but their return to Fat Wreck Chords after an extended period of time bouncing between labels of various shapes and sizes. Being on a label — almost any label — in 2017 doesn’t necessarily mean the same thing that it used two a quarter-century ago when Face To Face first appeared on Fat. So what does their return mean now? “It means one thing and one thing only: it means community,” says an emphatic Keith. “That’s something that we missed by hopping around from label to label.” Going the “major label” route could have spelled the kiss of death for the band in the long-term, though their seemingly never-ending label purgatory seems admirable in hindsight, as it kept the band playing by their own, internal set of rules. “All the old punk rockers said “don’t go to a major label! You’re going to sell out! They’re going to fuck you!” explains Keith, quickly adding “I had to learn that for myself. I wasn’t going to listen to anybody and take their word for it!

As you might imagine, the band changed their own way of doing things yet again on Protection. Due to Keith residing in Nashville at the time that writing was taking place, he and Shiflett wrote and demoed largely on their own, the latter from his Los Angeles home, before coming together briefly to put ideas together. If you’ve spent any time with Keith and Shiflett, together or independently, you’re probably familiar with how their personalities differ. Those differences, of course, balance out the songwriting process: “(Shiflett) will write a seven-minute song, and I’ll write like a one-and-a-half minute song. We’re kind of opposites that way. I need him to come in on my ideas a lot and write a middle eight or a bridge or even flesh out a pre-chorus or a chorus more. I’m like, super economical to a fault, where the songs can be a little too boring, and Scott comes in and adds a little bit of that sauce and some of that flavor and a little bit more depth. And with him sometimes, he’ll just demo with no filter. I think he wrote maybe twenty-eight or thirty songs for Protection!

For years, Keith and bassist Scott Shiflett were not only the primary writing team, but manned the lion’s share of production duties as well. On Protection, they took a different route, choosing to work with Descendents’ drummer and long-time punk rock producer extraordinaire Bill Stevenson at his Blasting Room studio in Fort Collins, Colorado, for the first time. “Bill is super talented,” says Keith with noted reverence for the backbone of one of his own long-time favorite bands. “He just hears these pop melodies and pop arrangements, and it’s good to have someone outside the band who can trim the fat.”

Keith and I (and, at times, Shiflett) covered a lot of ground during our chat, including some fascinating “Inside Baseball” type information surrounding the record labels they bounced between in the first half of their career as a band. Head below to check out our full discussion!