Face To Face
The years of patiently waiting are nearly over for their fans. Face to Face have announced that their long awaited new album. ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later’ will be released via People Like You Records at June 6th of 2011(US May 17th). This will be the band’s first release in over nine years since 2002’s ‘How to Ruin Everything’. ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later’ is chock full of the classic hook-filled choruses and signature riffs the band has been known for over the last two decades.
Founding vocalist/guitarist Trever Keith returns along with long-time bassist Scott Shiflett, guitarist Chad Yaro and punk rock veteran drummer Danny Thompson. Face to Face waste no time as they tear into the opening track ‘Should Anything Go Wrong’, wielding intense riffs, galloping rhythm and commanding vocals setting the tone of the 45 minute long circle pit of an album.
“This is our seventh full length studio album,” says Keith, “We have definitely coloured out of the lines on a record or two, so it's hard to say this one is different. It probably makes more sense to say how it is the same. It incorporates tiny elements from each of our previous records. But it is mostly like our early stuff. At least I think the overall energy of the record is like the early stuff, because we didn't over-think anything. We wrote songs, rehearsed them, and recorded them, it has a very immediate and urgent feel about it. It is a Punk Rock record.”
For the next 43 minutes Face to Face churn and burn their way through thirteen tracks of unadulterated punk rock. Powerful songs like ‘Bombs Away’, ‘Blood In The Water’, ‘What You Came For’ and ‘Under The Wreckage’ will undoubtedly have fans’ fists raised, while ‘The Invisible Hand’, ‘I Don’t Mind And You Don’t Matter’, ‘Stopgap’, ‘All For Nothing’ and ‘Pushover’ will have them singing at the top of their lungs in unison. Two decades in and Face to Face have the same passionate intensity as they did when the band started.
“This is a classic sounding Face to Face record,” Keith adds, “It's energetic, fast, and urgent. I think the song-writing and arrangements have evolved without any pretentious or overwrought sentiment. It is an honest and furious, Punk Rock record.”
Beginning in late April, US fans can get a preview of the intense new album live when Face to Face kick off their headlining tour of North America with Strung Out, The Darlings and their People Like You Records label mates Blitzkid trading off in support of ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later’.
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, the band formed in 1991 in the small town of Victorville, CA. Face to Face has emerged as one of modern Punk Rock’s most influential bands. Over the last twenty years the band has released a string of crucial punk releases including ‘Don’t Turn Away’ (1992), ‘Big Choice’ (1994), ‘Face to Face’ (1996), ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ (1999), ‘Reactionary’(2000), ‘Standards & Practices’ (2001) and ‘How to Ruin Everything’ (2002). They have enjoyed massive radio play with hit singles like ‘Disconnected’ This spring, Face to Face return with ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later’; a record that proves once again why they’re considered one of the most important punk bands of the last two decades. The European CD and LP version of “Laugh Now, Laugh Later” contains bonus tracks.