Face to Face (punk band)

Face to Face

Face to Face performing on the 2010 Warped Tour
Background information
Origin Victorville, California
Genres Punk rock, pop punk[1][2]
Years active 1991–2004, 2008–present
Labels Dr. Strange, Victory Music, Vagrant, A&M, Fat Wreck Chords
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, Hot Mess
Website facetofacemusic.com
Trever Keith
Chad Yaro
Scott Shiflett
Danny Thompson
Past members
Mark Haake
Matt Riddle
Rob Kurth
Jose Medeles
Pete Parada

Face to Face is an American pop punk[1][2] band from Victorville, California formed in 1991 by frontman Trever Keith. Originally known as "Zero Tolerance", Keith had been the only constant member of the band during their years of touring and recording albums. The group was initially signed by Dr. Strange Records and were then signed to Fat Wreck Chords. Face to Face rose to fame with their 1994 second album Big Choice, featuring their radio hit "Disconnected", which was first played by KROQ and appeared in the movies Tank Girl and National Lampoon's Senior Trip.

Face to Face officially split up in September 2004, because of musical differences. Since then, all the members of the band had 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. In April 2008, Face to Face performed together for the first time in four years at The Glasshouse in Pomona, California.[3] The band has continued to perform numerous live venues since, and released a seventh studio album, Laugh Now, Laugh Later, on May 17, 2011.

During their initial twelve year run, Face to Face became one of the seminal and influential punk rock bands to come out of California, along with Blink-182, Green Day, Bad Religion, The Offspring, Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, No Use for a Name, Lagwagon, The Vandals, Guttermouth, Good Riddance, and many others.



Beginnings (pre-1992)

Face to Face can trace its beginnings to 1988 where Keith (guitars, vocals) and Matt Riddle (bass), who had been friends since high school during this time, formed a local metal band named "Zero Tolerance".[4] After they found Rob Kurth, as their drummer, through mutual friends, Zero Tolerance started writing and rehearsing songs. Kurth's friend Mark Haake joined the group as an additional guitarist for a couple of months before getting orders to the Middle East with the Air Force. Although no Zero Tolerance records exist, they recorded a demo tape in 1989 with this line-up. As a three-piece, the band played a show at Spanky's in Riverside, California, and a couple of other local shows. When Haake left, the band continued as a three-piece and changed their name to Face to Face in 1991.

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 one of the local concerts, the band met Bill Plaster of Dr. Strange Records. Face to Face entered the studio at Westbeach Recorders in Hollywood, California to record songs for their first album, Don't Turn Away (1992). Once the recording was finished (in 2 weekends) there was trouble getting it released; in the interim the band met Jim Goodwin. Goodwin offered to record the band's new songs for free, and they entered the studio to record songs such as, "Nothing New," "Pastel," and "Disconnected", which also ended up being on the Don't Turn Away album.

Mainstream success (1993-1997)

In 1993, just after a three-week tour in Germany supporting Lagwagon, Face to Face added Chad Yaro as an additional guitarist to fill out the sound of the band. Before the band would work on their second album, they made a decision to go with a then-new label that had major-label distribution. The label, Victory Music, signed them and then they entered the studio with producer Thom Wilson (of The Offspring fame) and began recording their second album, entitled Big Choice.

The label was nervous about their distribution deal and wanted a test release to run through the system, and the band put together an EP of songs from 7"s and other rarities called Over It (EP). The EP was released weeks before Big Choice and the label had a remixed version of the song "Disconnected" on the play list at KROQ in Los Angeles, California. Because of the success of the single on radio, the label convinced the band to add "Disconnected" to Big Choice as a bonus track (a third recording of the song); additionally, a cover of The Descendents' "Bikeage" is included as a bonus track. After touring with bands such as NOFX, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Offspring during 1995, Riddle left Face to Face and went on to play in 22 Jacks and Pulley before settling on No Use for a Name. The band replaced him with a then-unknown bassist, Scott Shiflett.

In 1996, Face to Face began writing and recording their third album, which is self-titled and was another moderate success. This being the first record without Riddle, who had been Keith's songwriting collaborator, Keith wrote the majority of the songs with some help from Shiflett and Yaro. They recruited Jim Goodwin again to record and produce the record. Following the release of the album, they headlined the 1997 SnoCore Tour before joining the Warped Tour.

Later years (1998-2004)

After the release of their self-titled album, Kurth left Face to Face in early 1998. To finish out the touring cycle for their self-titled record, the band replaced Kurth with Jose Medeles, who was out with them on a co-headlining US tour with the Reverend Horton Heat band, before taking a break to write and record their next album. After Pete Parada joined the band as Kurth's replacement, the band recorded and released two more albums (with producer Chad Blinman), Ignorance is Bliss (1999) and Reactionary (2000), before Yaro left the band in 2001.

Following Yaro's departure, Face to Face decided to stay a three-piece again and began writing material for what would be their sixth and final studio album, How to Ruin Everything. After getting out of a less than desirable deal with Beyond Music, How to Ruin Everything was released on Vagrant Records in 2002. Following that, the band headlined and joined The Warped Tour for the first time since 1997.

Before a seventh album could be recorded, Face to Face decided to break up in the fall of 2003. In the following year, after announcing their breakup, it was announced that Face to Face's hiatus would be permanent as their official website displayed "Don't call it a come back". They gave most of their fans a proper farewell with "The Only Goodbye Tour" of 2004 with supporting acts My Chemical Romance and Seconds to Go, which followed the raucous Warped Tour finale in Boston. Orlando fans had their farewell show cancelled due to Hurricane Charlie. It was rescheduled as the last date on the tour, but that show was also cancelled.

Post-breakup (2005-2007)

Following the band's breakup, Keith had been active in the mashup group Legion of Doom, among other bands such as Shiflett's brainchild Viva Death and a solo project. Yaro had not been part of the music business after he quit Face to Face in 2001. After leaving Saves the Day, Parada joined The Offspring in 2007, replacing Atom Willard, who had been busy working on The Offspring's new studio album at the time.

Reunion and beyond (2008-present)

Since the band's 2003-2004 hiatus, there had been a rumored Face to Face reunion. When asked in January 2006 if a reunion was planned anytime in the future, Keith responded: "There aren't any plans for a reunion, nor do I think the idea is very appealing to any of us."[5]

On January 29, 2008, Face to Face announced on their official website that the band — featuring the Ignorance is Bliss line-up (though refusing to play any material from the album itself according to an interview on the Face to Face Myspace page) — would be reuniting for select shows in the US and internationally.[3] It was also announced the band would perform together for the first time since the 2004 farewell tour at The Bamboozle Left on April 5.

Face to Face did a short U.S. tour that kicked off in November 2008.[6] For this tour, former Uprising drummer Danny Thompson filled in for Pete Parada during the reunion dates, due to his touring commitments with The Offspring.

On 28 May 2008 it was announced on The Offspring's website that Scott Shiflett would be filling in for Greg K. on tour due to a "scheduled family matter". As of mid-June 2008, Shiflett is no longer filling in for him. In late August 2008, Scott Shifflet filled in for Chris Flippin on Lagwagon's Canadian leg of their 2008 tour. Chris dropped out due to legal troubles that prevented him from making the trip to Canada. As of September 14, Lagwagon lead singer Joey Cape's close friend Scott Shifflet is no longer filling in for Chris "Big Bitch" Flippin'.

Asked about the future of the band, Keith mentioned in an interview that a new Face to Face album as well as more touring could be possible.[7] A video clip of that interview is also available on KROQ's website. Face to Face performed at Australia's Soundwave in February and March 2009. At the Brisbane gig, bassist Roger Manganelli from Less Than Jake had to fill in for Scott Shifflet as he did not make it in time for the show.[8]

"Disconnected" appears in the video game Guitar Hero 5.[9][10]

According to a 2008 posting on Keith's Twitter account, Face to Face had been writing new material for a new album scheduled to be released in 2010.[11] It will be their first release with current drummer Danny Thompson and their first with guitarist Chad Yaro since 2000's Reactionary.

The band will release a split album with Rise Against, though no release date is set.

Face to Face played the entire 2010 Warped Tour.

Face to Face's new album Laugh Now, Laugh Later was released on May 17, 2011.

Face to Face is scheduled to play at The Kroq Weeine Roast, and Soundwave Counter Revolution in Australia in September.


Face to Face line-ups
Dates & releases Members & prominent instruments Notes
(as Zero Tolerance)
(as Zero Tolerance)
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Mark Haake – guitar
  • Matt Riddle – bass, vocals
  • Rob Kurth – drums, vocals
Don't Turn Away
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Matt Riddle – bass, vocals
  • Rob Kurth – drums, vocals
  • First lineup as Face to Face.
Big Choice
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Chad Yaro – guitar, vocals
  • Matt Riddle – bass, vocals
  • Rob Kurth – drums, vocals
  • First lineup featuring second guitarist Chad Yaro.
Face to Face
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Chad Yaro – guitar, vocals
  • Scott Shiflett – bass, vocals
  • Rob Kurth – drums, vocals
  • Last lineup with drummer Rob Kurth.
live concerts only
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Chad Yaro – guitar, vocals
  • Scott Shiflett – bass, vocals
  • Jose Medeles – drums
Ignorance is Bliss and
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Chad Yaro – guitar, vocals
  • Scott Shiflett – bass, vocals
  • Pete Parada – drums
  • Last lineup featuring Chad Yaro.
How to Ruin Everything
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Scott Shiflett – bass, vocals
  • Pete Parada – drums
  • Last lineup before disbanding.
  • Face to Face temporarily went on hiatus in 2003, reunited for a farewell tour in 2004, and then officially broke up.


Laugh Now, Laugh Later
  • Trever Keith – vocals, guitar
  • Chad Yaro – guitar, vocals
  • Scott Shiflett – bass, vocals
  • Danny Thompson – drums


For all releases, see Face to Face discography.


  1. ^ a b "Q & A with Trever Keith from Face to Face". Crushable. 2009-02-26. http://crushable.com/entertainment/q-a-with-trever-keith-from-face-to-face. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  2. ^ a b "TXB Interview: Face to Face’s Trever Keith - Xbox". Interviews.teamxbox.com. 2009-08-27. http://interviews.teamxbox.com/xbox/2477/TXB-Interview-Face-to-Faces-Trever-Keith/p1/. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  3. ^ a b "We’re back!……….sort of". FaceToFace.com. 2008-01-29. http://www.facetofacemusic.com/blog/?p=3. Retrieved 2008-01-30. 
  4. ^ "Zero Tolerance". Tartarean Desire. http://www.tartareandesire.com/bands/Zero_Tolerance/7024/. Retrieved 2007-06-05. 
  5. ^ Hart, Jeremy (2006-01-24). "interview". Spacecityrock.com. http://www.spacecityrock.com/features/facetoface1.shtml. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  6. ^ "Face to Face (Fall 2008)". Punknews.org. 2008-06-17. http://www.punknews.org/article/29312. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Trever Keith (Face to Face) talks about solo project, the reunion". Punknews.org. 2008-05-14. http://www.punknews.org/article/28885. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  8. ^ "Face to Face to tour Australia in 2009". Punknews.org. 2008-09-24. http://www.punknews.org/article/30581. Retrieved 2008-09-26. 
  9. ^ "treverkeith.com". treverkeith.com. http://treverkeith.com/?p=116. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  10. ^ "Face to Face". Facetofacemusic.com. http://www.facetofacemusic.com/blog/?tag=guitar-hero. Retrieved 2011-10-23. 
  11. ^ "Face to Face writing songs for new record". Punknews.org. 2008-06-19. http://www.punknews.org/article/34053. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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