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Face To Face To Release Visual History Book

Face To Face BookMelodic Virtue have announced their collaboration with influential SoCal band Face To Face for the 1000 limited edition coffee table book, Face To Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk, The Visual History, to be released on December 1, 2017. The book is a nearly 200-page visual history offering a rare glimpse of the 25 year history of Face To Face through never before seen photos, and stories as told by contemporaries and fans including Travis Barker (Blink 182), Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), Kevin Baldes (Lit), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Corey Miller (LA Ink), Roger Lima (Less Than Jake), Chris Conely (Saves The Day), and Patrick Seton O’Connor (The Dan Patrick Show). It is also packaged with an unreleased song on flexidisc titled Self Determination. 

Pre-orders are available online here in three bundles and all books are signed by Trever Keith, Scott Shiflett and Aaron Tanner.

Rebellion 2017 April

Rebellion Festival (Thursday)

Blackpool Winter Gardens

Thursday 3rd August 2017
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Rating: 5/5

 
 

 

 
The Rebellion Festival is upon us once more, for me this involves a quick blast down the motorway from a rain soaked Manchester to a surprisingly breezy and sunny morning on the Lancashire coast for this annual celebration of all things punk. The initial hour is spent wandering the Winter Gardens, renewing friendships and making some difficult decisions about who to see from the bewildering line up of hundreds of bands that cover every element of the scenes spawned over forty years ago by punk. The first band I catch is The Fucking Glorious who present a welcome lunch time wake up call of bare knuckle punk rock, and whilst getting a much needed drink I hear the raw strains of Tim Holehouse drift over from the Almost Acoustic Stage like the ghost of a ragged Tom Waits.
 
Rebellion 17 CundeezOutside on the Casbah Stage The Cundeez are hammering out a distinctly Celtic punk variant, complete with bagpipes, on old school punk rock, their singer, clad only in a kilt, declares that they’re “sober as fuck”, something that most of their audience can’t claim despite the early hour, and this is the perfect antidote for those who arrived a day early and are still recovering from the night before. A quick stroll back into the Winter Gardens sees Viki Vortex And The Cumshots delivering their own brand of anarchy tinged and alcohol infused frantic punk rock in the Empress Ballroom, and there’s no point in moving as In Evil Hour follow. In Evil Hour bring a different vibe to what had largely been a DIY feel to the early hours of the Rebellion Festival, they bring a furious element of melodic hardcore, with a slight metalcore influence, and for me this is the band that truly kicked the Rebellion Festival into gear, it also saw the first circle put of the festival and my first, but not my last, CD purchase of the weekend.
 
It seems I’m in the Empress Ballroom for the duration, apart from essential breaks that involves braving the dive bombing seagulls for cigarettes, beer and food, as Pears are on next, on record, as with a fair few hardcore bands, they didn’t do it for me, but I said if they played live I’d catch them as good hardcore live is perfection, and trust me, Pears are as good as they get live, the short sharp intense hardcore blasts take on a different character when delivered live. Reno Divorce deliver a slice of socal inspired punk rock that recalls Social Distortion, and I catch Strung Out Nights delivering an acoustic version of NOFX‘s Linoleum, and it seems that wherever you wander there is someone playing, or something to distract you, and it’s clear the Rebellion Festival has picked up exactly where it left off last year.
 
Rebellion 17 Evil BlizzardIt’s back into the Empress Ballroom as 88 Fingers Louie are making a rare UK appearance in support of their comeback album, Thank You For Being A Friend, and tonight’s set builds on the impression that this isn’t one shot reunion, they’re back with a vengeance with a set that spans their three decade history. Over on the outdoor stage Evil Blizzard are blinking in the sunlight and delivering their bass heavy strangeness in the early evening sunlight to a packed Casbah Stage. They exemplify exactly what the Rebellion Festival is all about, Evil Blizzard are closer to the late 60’s and early 70’s roots of punk, but they deliver what will be one of the best sets of the weekend, and to emphasize this they close with a triumphant rendition of Are You Evil.
 
Rebellion 17 Teenage BottlerocketA brief wander, and a welcome sit down in the Opera House, reveals London, another of punks first wave that are still going strong despite the passing of the decades and they bring a touch of the authentic and untouched spirit of 77 to the Rebellion Festival, fittingly they close with The Stooges classic, I’m Loose. Face to Face hit the outdoor stage and bring their melodic hardcore to the Rebellion Festival, after last year’s Protection album these have been a band that I’ve wanted to catch live, and they don’t disappoint on any level. There’s not much point in moving as Teenage Bottlerocket are next up. With a swift 1234 they launch into their hyperactive Ramones inspired punk rock for a charged set. In between songs they seem obsessed with curious English phrases and habits, and who can blame them as we’re an odd bunch at the best of the times. This is the first time they have played the UK since the death of their drummer Brandon Carlisle and they deliver an emotionally charged number dedicated to him, and you can feel just how much his loss means to the band.
 
They are followed by the melodic hardcore of Good Riddance, making this corner of Lancashire briefly the best place in the world for the American punk scene, but now it’s time for a change of stage as choosing between bands as the night falls is almost impossible, but the decision is made so it’s a swift stage hop over to the Empress Ballroom. Pennywise are everything you’d hope for now Jim Lindberg is firmly back on board after his sabbatical, and they are back at their defiant best, and the they deliver a vocal fuck you to Donald Trump that is enthusiastically endorsed by the multinational crowd. Mid set they deliver Gimme Gimme Gimme by fellow Hermosa Beach veterans Black Flag, which is followed by a Minor Threat cover, fortunately they return to their own material, with their self titled track, and let’s face is we came to hear Pennywise, and you can’t really argue with tracks like Society, Fuck Authority and Homesick, and if the hairs on the back of your neck weren’t raised by the crowds reaction to Bro Hymn then I suspect you’re clinically dead, and the chorus carries on ringing round the arena long after they’ve left the stage.
 
Rebellion 17 Bad ReligionAny other year Pennywise would be headlining with that set, but we still have Bad Religion to go, I feel like I’ve been awake for for days and I’ve seen more bands than I normally see in a month but we’re not done yet. Bad Religion kick off with American Jesus and they deliver a four decade spanning best of including what I consider to be one of the finest songs ever written, Stranger Than Fiction, and you can’t ask for more than that to finish the first day of the Rebellion Festival, other than a few late night drinks before returning to my hotel for a brief sleep before doing it all again tomorrow.
 
The review of the Friday at the Rebellion Festival 2017 will follow shortly on The Punk Site.
 
The Rebellion Festival wesbsite is here
 
Unofficial live photography courtesy of Froggy and Eloise Coone
 
You can click on any of the photos to view a slide show of the images
 

The Punk Site ‘Rebellion Festival 2017’ Preview, Part One

Rebellion 2017 April2016 saw the Rebellion Festival celebrate its 20th year alongside the 40th anniversary of punk with a spectacular sold-out event. Over four days at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens, iconic bands from every aspect of punk across the world shared stages with new and emerging talent, and the 2017 Rebellion Festival looks set to be no different. Returning to Winter Gardens in Blackpool from the 3rd to the 6th of August, the line-up is shaping up to be another punk genre defining event. The Punk Site is fortunate enough to be covering the Rebellion Festival again this year, as this is Europe’s largest punk festival and it boasts a bewildering array of bands, acts, art and temptations, we’re going to be looking ahead at what this years Rebellion Festival has to offer

The full line can be viewed here and tickets for the 2017 Rebellion Festival can be purchased here

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Face To Face Perform Live Session

Face To FaceFace To Face recently stopped by Paste Magazine for a quick live session.  Songs include “Keep Your Chin Up,” “Burden,” and “A-Ok”.  The band continues to support their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords release, Protection.  

Watch the full session below.

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Video: Face To Face – Say What You Want

Face To FaceFace To Face has premiered a music video from their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album is titled Protection and and was released back in March.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Watch the video for “Say What You Want” below.

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Face To Face Announce New 7″

OB-GD17D.pdfLong running punk act Face To Face has announced plans for a new 7″, double A-side.  The release will be titled Say What You Want, and is set to drop on May 5, 2017 via Fat Wreck Chords.   The 7″ includes  a previously unreleased song from the Protection sessions called “I, Me, Mine.”

The band last released Protection back in May 2016.

Video: Face To Face – Double Crossed

Face To FaceFace To Face has premiered a music video from their 2016 Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album is titled Protection and and was released back in March.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Watch the video for “Double Crossed” below.

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Tours: The Isotopes / Face To Face / Chixdiggit! (Canada)

The IsotopesVancouver pop-punk baseball club The Isoptopes will be hitting the road as support for separate Face To Face and Chixdiggit! concerts for select Canadian dates, along with a few solo shows.  The band continues to support their recent 2015 full length, Nuclear Strikezone, out now on Stomp Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Tours: Face To Face

Face To FaceFace To Face has announced that they will be heading on tour in support of this year’s Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album is titled Protection and and was released back in March.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Tour dates are below.

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Face To Face

Protection

Fat Wreck Chords
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Punk veterans Face To Face were originally formed in California in 1991 and over the years they have maintained an admirable work ethic, to date there have been nine albums and countless singles and EP’s. Even during their five year hiatus between 2004 and 2008 the members of Face To Face didn’t sit on their laurels, as they went off and worked with punk luminaries such as Me First And The Gimme Gimme’s, The Offspring and Saves The Day before returning to the fold.

This is Face To Face‘s third studio album since they reformed and this release signifies their return to Fat Wreck Chords, over two decades after their debut was released on the label, and with Bill Stevenson of The Descendents at the helm Protection is an enticing prospect. The eleven songs on this album are all straight up shots of punk rock and  it’s incredibly hard to pick a stand out track from the pack, having said that I think that I Won’t Say I’m Sorry is the pick of the litter with it’s machine gun drumming, slick tempo changes and impassioned choruses but with the other ten cuts on Protection being so remarkably consistent it’s a close run thing.

Face To Face bear the scars of the last twenty five years and wear them like badges of honour. The album is heavily tinged with the insight, and hindsight, that has been accumulated by the band and Protection marks a return to form that not only harks back to the creativity and energy of their younger days, but also embraces and channels the highs and lows of the last twenty five years. The result is an infectious, intelligent and polished album that stands up against anything else they’ve recorded.

Face To Face Stream New Full Length

Face To FaceFace To Face is streaming their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album will be titled Protection and is set to drop on March 4, 2016.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Stream the full disc here.

Video: Face Two Face – Bent But Not Broken

Face To FaceFace To Face has released a new music video from their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords release.  The video features the song “Bent But Not Broken” from the album, Protection, which is set to drop on March 4, 2016.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Watch the video below.

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Implants Announce EP

ImplantsLA based punk rock collective Implantsa band featuring members of iconic punk groups like Strung Out, No Use For A Name and Face to Face have announced a new EP titled The Golden Age. The 5 track EP is due for release in ‘late spring’ via Cyber Tracks, the record label founded y NOFX guitarist El Hefe and his wife Jen Abeyta.

Jen herself had this to say about the release:

“Hefe and I are so ecstatic to release another Implants album! This EP is beyond fulfilling …their debut album blew me away so much that I never thought it could be surpassed, but they definitely outdid themselves on this EP. I wish it was a full length …after listening to 5 tracks of pure shredding melodic punk, I’m left wanting more.”

Check out the track list and cover art for The Golden Age below.

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Face To Face Detail Next LP

Face To FaceFace To Face has released new details about their upcoming Fat Wreck Chords release.  The album will be titled Protection and is set to drop on March 4, 2016.  The album was recorded at The Blasting Room and produced by Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore.

Track listing can be found below.

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Face To Face Re-Sign With Fat Wreck Chords

Face To FaceFace to Face has signed on with Fat Wreck Chords.  The Fat Wreck alumni announced their homecoming after their appearance at this year’s FAT Anniversary Show in LA.  The band is already planning to head to the Blasting Room in Colorado with producers Bill Stevenson and Jason Livermore to record their ninth full-length, due out sometime in 2016.  Vocalist/songwriter Trever Keith comments:

“Returning to Fat Wreck Chords for us is a homecoming. After 8 records on almost as many labels throughout our career, we’ve definitely been through some of the worst and best of this business. The fact that after 25 years  FAT is still going strong, is a testament to their commitment they have to their artists. We are excited about working with people who truly understand what we do and who we are.”

The band will be touring late this year.  Dates are below.

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Face To Face Planning Next Album

Face To FaceIn a recent interview, Face to Face made known their upcoming recording agenda.  The band plans to step into the studio this March with under the direction of producer Bill Stevenson in The Blasting Room to work on their follow up to 2013’s Three Chords and a Half Truth, available via Rise Records.

More details as they arise.

Face To Face To Perform First Three Albums Live

Face To FaceSouthern California punk band Face To Face has made known that the will be providing fans with front-to-back performances of their first three classic albums Don’t Turn AwayBig Choice and Face To Face at The Observatory in Santa Ana, CA, Face To Face and will include outtakes, b-sides and fan favourites.  Looking to the future, the band discusses what fans can expect from them in the future:

“Now that we’ve wrapped up the touring cycle for our last record, Three Chords and a Half Truth (Rise Records), we are thinking about what kind of record to make next… I think playing our earliest music live in the area where we used to play these songs over 20 years ago will inspire us to create a more ‘old school’ punk rock record like we want to for this next one.”

Individual tickets for the upcoming run are $25 and can be purchased beginning Friday, November 7 at 10 a.m. PST via Face To Face‘s official website here.  Pulley (Friday, December 26), Guttermouth(Saturday, December 27) and Unwritten Law(Sunday, December 28) will serve as support.

   

Punk Rock Bowling Announce First Wave Of Bands

punk rock bowlingThe legendary Punk Rock Bowling festival has announced it’s first wave of bands set to play between May 23rd and May 26th in Las Vegas. The festival, now in it’s 16th year, will see Cock Sparrer, Descendents and NOFX headline alongside a number of other bands.

You can see the full list below.

The festival, which is made up of three nights of festivals, four nights of club shows and a two-day bowling tournament will be selling three-day festival and VIP passes from February 1st, single-day tickets from February 22nd and club show tickets from March 15th on their official website.

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Live Concert Review

Face to Face

Live (June 20th, 2008)

Edmonton Events Centre- Edmonton, Alberta
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This was a punk show, a true punk show and it had been far too long since Edmonton had seen one. There were no emo kids with swooping hair (there was only one to be spotted) instead it was a crowd of skate punks. It was punks in their mid to late twenties there to drink a few beers and slam in the pit and what better show to do it at than Face To Face? Having recently reunited to play a few shows across the States, this was their only Canadian date outside of the Virgin Festival and the crowd was there to show them it was worth the trip.

Short one guitarist, Face to Face came out as a trio, greeted the energized crowd and then dove into the set. The pit immediately exploded. Circle pits ensued. Fists were thrown. People surfed the crowd as everyone desperately needed the release of a true punk show; and Face to Face delivered that. By the time they had ripped into their fourth song, Bill of Goods, the evening was on a role as it was already one of the best shows of the year.

Trevor Keith said “we’re not gonna talk a whole lot but just try and play as many songs as we can” and that’s what they did. Pastel, You’ve Done Nothing, Disconnected, Disappointed, I’m Not Over, Walk The Walk, Ordinary, Shoot The Moon, Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing, What’s In A Name. They played them all and more all the while keeping Keith’s promise of no talking other than to thank the crowd, apoligize for taking ten years to come back and incite a sing-along a few times on Disconnected and a couple other tunes.

The three piece were somewhat sloppy at times, and Keith’s vocals didn’t always shine through in the mix but everyone in the crowd knew every word. Everyone was there to see them. Everyone chanted for an encore and everyone still had a blast. It was a vivid reminder of what a true punk show should be. Not tons of antics or overblown speeches. No fancy lighting or chaotic stage setups. Just pure energy being blasted out at four four time.

   
Live Concert Review

Face To Face, Strung Out, The Darlings,The Artist Life

Live (April 29th, 2011)

Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta
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On Friday night, the Starlite Room was a time machine – transporting the aging crowd back in time to a glorious moment of mid-nineties punk rock as Face To Face and Strung Out took the stage in a co-headlining show reminiscent of the hey-days of the skate-punk movement.

Toronto’s The Artist Life, the youngsters of the tour, kicked off the evening and sounded pretty good as the sound seeped through the walls into the line-up of people waiting at the doors (myself included) but being unable to get in time makes it difficult to say much else. The Darlings, however, were another story.  For an opening band, they had the crowd eating out of their hands. Oh yes, they sounded fantastic – another nod to the skate-punk styles that made Epitaph the monster that they are today – but that was only the start as their stage presence made them truly powerful.  They were funny, in your face and confident, controlling the momentum with a poise and grace many headlining acts fail to grasp and even pulled Jason Cruz up for a Misfits cover; the night couldn’t have asked for a better opening act.

Cruz made his second appearance of the night shortly after as Strung Out took the stage and ripped through their fifteen song set list. While not quite as memorable as the last time they took the stage at Starlite Room in September, the Simi Valley punk band still had it in them as they played through their technical, metal influenced punk and got the crowd singing along to songs like Firecracker, Blueprint of the FallVelvet Alley, Wrong Side Of The TracksBlack Crosses and more. Cruz vocals were strong but sometimes got lost in the mix, falling below the blistering solos of Jake Kiley and Rob Ramos. Of course, half the fun of any Strung Out set is watching prolific drummer Jordan Burns tear the skins up and Friday was no exception.

The band left the stage, drenched in sweat, as the crowd chanted for more. Strung Out may not have returned, but their punk brethren in Face To Face took the stage and turned the night’s events into a truly nostalgia soaked messed. 

Yes, they played a few new cuts from their upcoming Laugh Now, Laugh Later album (Should Anything Go Wrong and It’s Not All About You both sounded fantastic) but most of their set focused on older stuff as tracks such as Walk The Walk, Disconnected, You’ve Done Nothing, Ordinary, Complicated littered the set; and despite pushing forty, the band didn’t miss a beat.  In fact, they relished in it, joking about their age and the aging crowd itself and promising to keep playing until their seventies if the fans keep showing up.

As a whole, the evening was a night of nostalgia; and, like a good wine, Face To Face have gotten better with age (or maybe worse, I never saw them back in 1996). Either way, the night was a success despite the added restrictions (no re-entry? come on now) and heightened security. If only more of today’s bands carried a show like this.

Face to Face European Tour

Face To FaceCalifornia punk band Face to Face have announced a string of European tour dates in support of Three Chords and a Half Truth, their 9th full length which is out now via Rise Records (North America) and People Like You Records (Europe).

Tour dates are below.

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Video: Face To Face – Right As Rain

Face To FaceSouthern California punk band, Face to Face, premiered a new music video today. The new video for their song, Right As Rain, can be found below.

Right As Rain is a track from the band’s latest full-length release, Three Chords And A Half Truth, that was released via Rise Records back in April.

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Blacklist Royals / Face To Face / Teenage Bottlerocket

Blacklist RoyalsNashville’s Blacklist Royals has announced that the band will be heading on tour with Face to Face and Teenage Bottlerocket. The band is in the midst of finishing up their next LP, Die Young With Me, which is expected to drop this summer.  The band last released Semper Liberi back in 2010 via Paper + Plastick Records.

Tour dates can be found below.  More are expected to follow.

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Tours: Face To Face

Face To FaceFace To Face is thrilled to announce that they will be touring in support of their recently released, eighth studio record, Three Chords And A Half Truth via Rise Records. In what could rightfully be called their first overtly political album in their 20-year career, Three Chords And A Half Truth tackles topics facing society in the tech era — where instant gratification and unreal expectation create a warped and dangerous worldview.

The first single off of Three Chords And A Half Truth, title “Bright Lights Go Down,” can be heard here. Tickets and pre-sale information for the tour can be found here. Dates below.

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Tours: Face To Face / Teenage Bottlerocket / Blacklist Royals / Joshua Black Wilkins

Face To FaceLong running punk band Face To Face has announced a slew of upcoming tour dates with Teenage Bottlerocket, Blacklist Royals and Joshua Black Wilkins .  The band continues to support their recent full length, Three Chords and a Half Truth, released earlier this month via Rise Records. The record follows their 2011 album, Laugh Now Laugh Later, that was released on their own Antagonist Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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Face To Face – Brights Lights Go Down

Face to Face - Three Chords and a Half TruthLong running punk band Face To Face has debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Bright Lights Go Down” and will appear on their upcoming brand new record, Three Chords and a Half Truth, due out on April 9th, 2013 via Rise Records. The record follows their 2011 album, Laugh Now Laugh Later, that was released on their own Antagonist Records.

Give the tune a listen below.

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Face to Face Signs To Rise Records, Details New Album

Face To FaceLong running punk band Face To Face have signed to Rise Records.

They will be releasing their new album, Three Chords and a Half Truth, on April 9th, 2013. The record follows their 2011 album, Laugh Now Laugh Later, that was released on their own Antagonist Records.

Album art and track listing is below.

 

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Face To Face - Laugh Now Laugh Later

Face To Face

Shoot The Moon: The Essential Collection

Antagonist Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Once again let me jump the fence and tell you what I know and think of Face To Face – but don’t worry, I’ll be quick. Because quite frankly, I know nothing. I got into the punk scene a little too late. By the time I got into the style of music, it was too late. Face To Face just released their final album and soon after announced their breakup and I really didn’t care. Since then I’ve seen them on a fair few compilations, rare songs or live songs, and they always stood out – just never enough for me to go and find extra information on the band. But the idea of a “best of” the band enticed me and it sounded like a perfect opportunity to really get to know the famed band that never quite made it. I finally got around to listening to Shoot The Moon: The Essential Collection and let me tell you, I should have cared when they broke up.

Songs like Walk The Walk (Live), Disconnected, You’ve Done Nothing, Pastel, A-Ok, Blind, and It’s Not Over are all highlights fro SHoot The Moon, showing that Face To Face deserved much more respect than they got. Quick, sharp, steady skate-punk at every turn full of bouncy riffs, repetitive drumming and strong vocals that get your head bopping and fist pumping instantly. It’s for anyone who loves the music that came out of southern California in the middle and early 90’s/

Is Shoot The Moon a fair representation of the band? I really can’t tell you, but haven read a few other reviews about the album I would guess that yes, it is. And really, I don’t know how it couldn’t be. I mean, it has selections of songs spanning their entire career, including a few live songs in there to really mix it up.

Would Face To Face fans be please with this “greatest hits” CD, I have no idea, but I do know it turned me into a fan. Will I run out and buy their entire back catalogue? I doubt it. But for now, Shoot The Moon will easily keep me very, very entertained. If you want a better review then this, I strongly suggest reading the one at MontagPress.co.uk because unlike me, they knew something about the band and will actually be able to convince you to buy the CD as soon as you can.

 

Face To Face - Laugh Now Laugh Later

Face To Face

Laugh Now, Laugh Later

Antagonist Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Sometimes all you need is a leader – someone to show you what to do and what can be done. Without that, you wander lost, confused and unsure of what to do. The punk scene has, in a way, been like that lately. Unsure of where to go and spewing out a lot of not-so-good albums; but there’s still hope and that hope comes in the form of Laugh Now, Laugh LaterFace To Face’s seventh studio album and first in nine years.

On it, Face To Face show the world what can be done and what truly solid skate punk sounds like.  Having not been in the studio for close to a decade, you’d think there would be some type of rust with them – but there isn’t. This is a band that has influenced almost every current punk band whether they know it or not and a band like that doesn’t rust up, they just get better with age.

Laugh Now, Laugh Later is a refreshing album for its fast paced tempo, pure honesty and spitting/scathing/sarcastic commentary on the state of the world.  This is good punk played by great musicians and breathes new life into the band and the scene.

Filled to the rim with “woahs” and “hey’s,” Laugh Now, Laugh Later is catchy without being phoned in. There are hooks galore but they deliver those hooks through distortion, grit and speed. Heavier songs like Bombs Away and The Invisible Hand pull from the hardcore handbook while It’s Not All About You and All For Nothing are the perfect pop-punk anthems. In fact, anthems are a good way to describe most of the songs on here. You want to sing along with every moment – from the opening single of Should Anything Go Wrong to the clear highlight in I Don’t Mind and You Don’t Matter.

With Laugh Now, Laugh LaterFace To Face have taken back the punk rock crown from the new crop of Warped bands who are aping on the style. They show what punk is and that it can still be done the right way in 2011 – even if you are overweight, forty-something year olds.

New Pictures: Face To Face / Strung Out

Strung OutDo you remember last month when Face To Face and Strung Out toured all across North America bring skate punk back to the masses? Pretty hard to forget wasn’t it?

Well, as another shot of nostalgia – we’re pleased to debut some new live photos from that tour as it hit Fort Collins, Colorado on June 13th and played at the Aggie Theatre. Our photographer Micheal Fajardo was there and captured the evening (including a surprise appearance from Descendents‘ Bill Stevenson).

Check out the pictures of Face To Face here and Strung Out here.

Video: Face To Face – Disconnected (Live)

Face To FaceFace To Face has posted a live video of the band performing their song “Disconnected.”  The video originates from recent performances in Montreal.  The track comes from 1994’s Big Choice.  The band continues supporting it’s first release in almost ten years, Laugh Now, Laugh Later.

check out the video below.

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