FACE TO FACE
TOM & TOM PRESENTS:
DOORS 8:30pm, SHOW 9:30pm
FACE TO FACE
Whoever said that you cant go home again never told Face To Face. The melodic punk institution, who will celebrate their
25th anniversary as a band throughout 2016, return to Fat Wreck Chordsthe same label who released their classic debut Dont Turn
Awayfor their ninth full length studio album, Protection. As Trever Keith explains, this wasnt coincidence.
The decision to go back to Fat was a no brainer, he says. We knew we wanted to make a more back-to-basics punk rock
record, something more like our early days. Fat Wreck Chords was an obvious choice. After 25 successful years in punk rock, its a
label that speaks for itself. In lots of ways it feels like coming home. Protection draws from the energy and passion of Face To
Faces early records but is filtered through Keiths unique worldview as a true lifer in punk rock, someone whose songs have
influenced an entire generation of bands. The result is an urgent and powerful 11-song effort that borrows from the melody and angst
of the band's early days with lyrics that are thoughtfully written from the perspective of a 40 something veteran punk rocker, from
Double Crossed and Say What You Want (Keiths personal favorites) to the vicious barb 14:59 and the emotionally moving
Bent But Not Broken.
14:59 is a commentary on Western culture and its obsession in the past few decades with reality-based fame that comes for
people who have no skill other than just being famous. I think its disgusting. I hate it, Keith remarks. Bent But Not Broken is
about people who arent willing to listen to opposing viewpoints because they are so mired in their own beliefs, they cant see they are
bent. Theres even a rare burst of motivational positivity in Keep Your Chin Up. Credit can be shared with Bill Stevenson, who in
addition to being Descendents erstwhile drummer, has produced classic albums and fan favorites from NOFX, Propagandhi, AntiFlag
and more. Face To Face worked with him at his studio, the Blasting Room, and the results exceeded everyone's expectations.
Amazingly, Stevenson is the first outside producer Face To Face has worked with in nearly two decades, as the band usually selfproduces
their work, but Keith said the partnership was nothing short of incredible. It was a fantastic experience, he says. Bill was
great to work with. I met Bill on the Warped Tour something like 15 years ago, but we never really had spent time together until now,
and we hit it off great.
With that trust in place, it allowed Face To Face to spend less time in the control room and more time focusing on their
performances and on the songs themselves, resulting in what feels like an instant classic from the first listen. This is the first time
where [bassist] Scott [Shiflett] and I were willing to take a reduced role [in production], Keith says. We were laid back, open minded,
and open to suggestions. Bills influence on the song arrangements and background vocals was key in giving the record the sound that
it has. Not every idea Bill had ended up being used, but we certainly listened to everything that Bill, Jason Livermore and Andrew
Berlin had to say and I think its a better record for it.
Since returning from their self-imposed hiatus in 2008, Face To Face has been on a tear, touring worldwide and writing tons
of new music; Protection is their third full-length in five years, outpacing the output of many of their peers and devotees alike. Face
To Face still has a lot to say, and the band has no plans on slowing down. To celebrate our 25th anniversary as a band in 2016, we
plan on re-releasing special edition vinyl copies of our early albums, plus playing as many shows as possible to promote Protection,
Keith says. Why does the band continue to work so hard when so many others are content to coast through their careers? Because
Keith knows Face To Face isnt just an outlet for him to vent his frustrationsits also a safe space for thousands of fans who need
his songs in their lives. I love the idea that our music can take people out of the grind of their daily lives for a little while and that we
can connect emotionally, admits Keith. Its an awesome and powerful thing.
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231 N Broadway
Green Bay, WI 54303
|Minimum Age: 21|
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|Dog Friendly: No|
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