Face to Face, Strung Out, Blitzkid
Although not as well known as, say, Green Day or Blink-182, two other bands that emerged at about the same time, California's Face to Face were always the truest of that bunch to the spirit of old-school punk rock.
Led by Trever Keith, the roots of Face to Face go all the way back to 1991 when Keith fronted Zero Tolerance, a band that never recorded, but still managed to make some noise within the crowded Los Angeles punk scene. While other acts flirted with various genres and styles, Face to Face always preferred the balls-to-the-wall approach, playing their music hard and fast. The band had some mainstream success in the mid- to late-'90s with the song "Disconnected," but the predictable "musical differences" curse struck Face to Face and the guys called it quits in 2005.
Lucky for everyone, then, that Face to Face miraculously came back in 2008 and haven't looked back since. The recently released Laugh Now, Laugh Later may well be the toughest collection of songs Face to Face have ever recorded. Sounding refreshed and sufficiently pissed off, Trever Keith is at his old-school best on songs like "Should Anything Go Wrong" and "I Don't Mind and You Don't Matter."
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