Long-running punk rock favorites Face To Face are living the dream and keeping the spirit of punk rock alive with a new album, Three Chords and A Half Truth. The Southern California rockers’ 20+ years as a band hasn’t diminished the passion or drive for their music one bit, and they keep churning out great tunes and energetic performances wherever they play. Punk Rock dead? Not a chance.
Face To Face have begun a tour that will take them all over the US through June, before heading across the pond to play a few festivals and headlining shows in Germany and the UK. If you dig fun, catchy punk songs and have never seen the band play before, I implore you to get off the couch and check them out… They’re so much fun to experience live!
I caught up with singer/guitarist Trever Keith to discuss the new record and working with Rise Records, his favorite track/album in Face To Face’s back catalogue, and his thoughts on the current scene and state of punk rock.
G- Hell and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five today! Face To Face just released a new record and are out on the road on an extensive tour cycle… How has everything been going with you guys lately and how have the first few shows been so far?
TK-Things are great. We are super stoked with how the new record came out and we’ve been having a great time being back out on the road and playing shows again.
G- You are currently touring in support of your 2013 release, Three Chords and A Half Truth, on Rise Records. How has the reception been to the new songs, and have you noticed any fan favorites off of the record?
TK- Definitely “Bright Lights Go Down” has been a favorite of the new songs live. I think because it’s a very immediate kind of song. We’ve also been playing “123 Drop” and “Smokestacks and Skyscrapers,” which have been going over great too. They’re new, so people tend to listen more intently rather than go completely crazy, but there is always huge applause afterward.
G- How is it working with the guys at Rise Records? As the label is doing very well for themselves right now, and what do you think of their overall roster at this point?
TK-Rise has been awesome to work with. I think they’re doing a great job getting the record out there. The roster overall is a bit “new school” for my tastes, but I love that they’ve done Hot Water Music and Bouncing Souls records.
G- Can you tell us about the recording process for the album? Where did you record it, who was behind the boards this time around, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
TK-We spent a little more time preparing for this one. There were at least a couple of rounds of preproduction and a lot of thought went into the recording and songwriting. We recorded with a friend of ours, Kyle Homme, at his private studio in Fullerton, CA and it was a really great experience overall. Kyle was very low key and didn’t get involved with production very much, but when he did chime in, it was always a great idea that we ended up using.
G- Did your approach to writing and recording Three Chords and A Half Truth vary greatly from your previous record(s)? Was this album easier or more difficult than your last effort, and why?
TK-I would say this one came easy to Scott and not so easy to me. Scott wrote over 20 song ideas and I only brought about 5 or 6. At the end of the day, we combined forces and the record is what it is because of our overall collaboration.
G- What’s your personal favorite Face To Face album, or do you have a favorite song you have ever written? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
TK- Probably A-OK. It’ always been a favorite. That would be the one I would play for a new listener as well. If you don’t get what we’re about from that one, you probably won’t get it at all.
G- What do you think would be the greatest lineup you could possibly be on as a band, or just as a fan? Are there any bands or artists that you hope to share a bill with in the future? If you could create a feasible 3-band dream lineup, who would you want to tour with?
TK- FACE TO FACE, JOHNNY CASH, THE CLASH, ELVIS, AND THE SMITHS
G- Hmmm… The feasibility isn’t really there, but the lineup is spectacular. It’ll pass 🙂
Lastly, as a long running band who’s seen the ups and downs of the music business, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
TK- Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t or that you’re not good enough.