After Face to Face finished their encore and walked backstage, I closed out my tab at the bar and walked back to their dressing room wondering what I was going to say to Trever Keith (singer/guitarist) to close out the night. After thanking people, grabbing a set list, and shaking some hands I finally told Trever “awesome show, great interview, glad that you guys are back…and thanks for not being a dick like everyone says you are”.
Face to Face has been one of my top favorite bands since I first heard “Don’t Turn Away” my freshman year of high school in 1994. The albums that followed brought out more and more of the talent this band had to offer and none more than the self entitled “Face to Face”. That album brought such classics as “Blind”, “I Wont Lie Down”, and “Walk the Walk”. It really is a shame the band never really got the recognition that many other punk bands that preceded them received, considering the band carried such top musicians (in my opinion the top punk bass player you will ever see, Scott Shiflett) and songwriters. Sure in my opinion some albums didn’t have all the “hits” people were accustomed to from their early works and perhaps they did stray from their formula on their later albums, but over all the talent of the band always shined through. So needless to say I was heartbroken when the band broke up in 2004 with little or no hope in ever playing again with a tour entitled “The Only Goodbye Tour”. All the fans were left with after the goodbye tour was a new documentary showcasing the bands history entitled “Shoot the Moon” and a greatest hits CD entitled the same. So needless to say when word got around that they would be touring in support of their seventh album entitled “Laugh Now, Laugh Later”, I sprung to my computer to check all Texas dates….Austin….score.
After a few phone calls not only was I able to secure an interview with the band, but a private performance for the do512.com Lounge Sessions which are recorded and posted as a medium for artists to get exposure with new crowds. After then confirming with Trever a week before the Austin date that they would be playing the KROQ Weenie Roast the following day after the Austin show, it had become very clear that perhaps they wouldn’t have time for the Lounge since they would be flying out literally hours after their set. Sad, but alas we still had the interview. So after we did the preshow interview and the band played their amazing set, there I was stumbling into their dressing room to tell them overall thanks for being great guys and musicians and wished them further success on their tour. And as far as the “being a dick” comment, Trever and the guys just laughed and Trever simply told me “man, I get thought of that way all the time and I really don’t know where it came from!”
Are you guys still doing the Legion of Doom thing?
Did you help produce your early Face to Face albums?
And the self-titled?
On The First Seven Years tape, you state that you guys had a good time with NOFX on tour, but on the Shoot The Moon documentary, it kind of indicated that you did leave on bad terms with Fat Wreck Chords. Did you leave on bad terms with Fat Wreck Chords?
So what made you guys decide to come back?
You got a new drummer this time around? How is the situation?
Just to leave on a current topic? Who do you think is going to win it? Mavericks or Heat?
Interview and Story By: Michael Perez
Photo By: Jeremy Davis