Face to Face
Face To Face
Background Information
Origin Victorville, California
Genre Punk Rock
Pop Punk
Skate Punk
Years active 1991-2003
Label(s) Dr. Strange
Associated Acts Legion of Doom
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
No Use For a Name
The Offspring
Saves the Day
22 Jacks
Viva Death
Red Faced
Real Space Noise
Trever Keith
Chad Yaro
Scott Shiflett
Danny Thompson
Former Members
Mark Haake
Matt Riddle
Rob Kurth
Jose Medeles
Pete Parada

Face to Face (often typset as face to face) is a punk rock 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 1995 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. The band declined in popularity after the departure of founding drummer Rob Kurth, who left in 1998.

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 Green Day, The Offspring (the latter of which current drummer Pete Parada would eventually join), Bad Religion, Social Distortion, Rancid, NOFX, Pennywise, No Use for a Name, Lagwagon, The Vandals, Guttermouth, and many others.

Face to Face split up in November 2003, 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 five years at The Glasshouse in Pomona, California.[1] The band has continued to perform numerous live venues since.


Beginnings (pre-1992)Edit

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".[2] 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)Edit

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 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 joined the Warped Tour in 1997.

Later years (1998-2004)Edit

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)Edit

Since 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 called Pablum. Yaro had not been part of the music business since quitting 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)Edit

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."[3]

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.[1] It was also announced the band would perform together for the first time since the 2004 farwell tour at The Bamboozle Left on April 5.

Face to Face did short U.S. tour that kicked off in November 2008.[4] 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 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 to 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.[5] A video clip of that interview is also available on KROQ's website. It was announced that Face to Face would be performing at Australia's Soundwave in February and March 2009. Fans right across Australia have been excited to finally see one of the 90's best Punk Bands. Most of them having not seen the band ever play, as they had not toured since mid 1997. At the Brisbane gig Roger Manganelli (Bass) from Less than Jake had to fill in for Scott Shifflet as he did not make it in time for the show.[6]


Face to Face line-ups
Dates & releases Members & prominent instruments Notes
(as Zero Tolerance)
(as Zero Tolerance)
Don't Turn Away
  • First lineup as Face to Face.
Big Choice
  • First lineup featuring second guitarist Chad Yaro.
face to face
live concerts only
Ignorance is Bliss and
  • Last lineup featuring Chad Yaro.
How to Ruin Everything
  • Last lineup before disbanding.


"The Only Goodbye Tour"
  • Face to Face briefly reunited in 2004 for a farewell tour.


  • It is not yet known if Parada will actually join back with the band, for he has recently joined The Offspring and will be touring with them in support of their new album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. Danny Thompson from the band "The Uprising" has filled in for Parada during the reunion dates.


Studio albumsEdit

Year Title Label Format Other information
1992 Don't Turn Away Dr. Strange CD It was re-released in 1993 by Fat Wreck Chords.
1994 Big Choice Victory Music CD
  • It was re-released in 1995 on A&M Records. It features a re-recording of "Disconnected", which originally appeared on Don't Turn Away,. That song became single because the Los Angeles, California radio station KROQ frequently played it.
  • First album recorded with second guitarist Chad Yaro.
  • Last album recorded with bassist Matt Riddle.
1996 Face to Face A&M CD This album is their major label debut. It was the first album recorded with bassist Scott Shiflett. It was the last album recorded with drummer Rob Kurth.
1999 Standards & Practices Vagrant Records CD Covers album (Recorded at the same time as "Ignorance is Bliss")
1999 Ignorance is Bliss Beyond CD First album recorded with drummer Pete Parada.
2000 Reactionary Vagrant CD Last album recorded with second guitarist Chad Yaro.
2002 How to Ruin Everything Vagrant CD This was the final album before disbanding. This was also the first Face to Face album recorded as a trio since Don't Turn Away.
TBA Rumored 7th album Antagonist CD
  • Keith said in a recent interview that new material from Face to Face could be possible, referring to the band in a present tense, meaning that the band could be planning their first-post reunion album.
  • A new album is rumored to be released on Keith's label Antagonist Records.

Singles, EPs and splitsEdit

  • No Authority (Single) (1991)
  • Disconnected (Single) (1993)
  • Over it (EP) (1994, Victory Records)
  • Split (7" w/ Horace Pinker) (1994, Rhetoric)
  • Econo Live (EP) (1996)
  • Paint It Black (7" Single) (1996)
  • So Why Aren't You Happy? (EP) (1999)
  • The New Way (7" Single) UK (2002)
  • Split (EP w/ Dropkick Murphys) (2002)
  • HTRE Outtake Bonus EP (EP) (2002)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Dr. Strange Records Presents "A Strange Compilation" (1992)
  • Punk USA (1994)
  • Before You Were Punk: Vol. 01 (1997)
  • Live (1998)
  • Everything Is Everything (2002 - UK ONLY) (CD/DVD)
  • Bad Scene, Everyone's Fault - Jawbreaker Tribute (2003)
  • Shoot the Moon: Essential Collection (2005)


Footnotes Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 We’re back!……….sort of
  2. Zero Tolerance
  3. interview
  4. Face to Face (Fall 2008)
  5. Trever Keith (Face to Face) talks about solo project, the reunion
  6. Face to Face to tour Australia in 2009

External linksEdit

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