×

Face to Face

At the first of three sold-out all-ages nights, the Victorville-bred band Face to Face gave a manic, fan-approved 75-minute performance that smartly blended tracks from all five of its albums, though the set list favored music from the latest album, "Reactionary," and the earliest, 1993's "Don't Turn Away" (Fat Wreck Chords).

With:
Band: Trever Keith, Scott Shiflett, Chad Yaro, Pete Parada.

At the first of three sold-out all-ages nights, the Victorville-bred band Face to Face gave a manic, fan-approved 75-minute performance that smartly blended tracks from all five of its albums, though the set list favored music from the latest album, “Reactionary,” and the earliest, 1993’s “Don’t Turn Away” (Fat Wreck Chords).

The punk band has tried to avoid being branded a sellout since at least 1995, when it fought (and lost) to keep its indie radio hit “Disconnected” from being included as a “bonus track” on its first major-label distributed album.

These days, the quartet — which now issues music on its own Lady Luck imprint through BMG-distributed Beyond Music — appears determined to sell out only to their fans, going so far as to let the kids have a direct hand in selecting the tracks (via online voting) that would make up the new “Reactionary” album.

F2F’s strength lies mostly in its propulsive and catchy pop-punk tunes, and at the House of Blues, infectious new numbers “You Could’ve Had Everything” and “Hollow” (a blistering song of self-examination) flowed smoothly with such older faves as the Sex Pistols-inspired show opener “You’ve Done Nothing” and the eyes-open thrasher “Pastel” (“I don’t want a game that I don’t know how to play”).

The band generally kept things moving at a rapid clip, only stopping long enough for green-haired singer-guitarist Trever Keith to thank the fans or plug the new album. A relentless and occasionally violent mosh pit roiled continuously in front of the stage.

Show ended, punk encore style (the band never really left the stage), with a cover of Joan Jett’s 1981 gem “Bad Reputation,” followed by 1995’s “It’s Not Over,” which was sung mostly by the delirious fans.

Popular on Variety

Face to Face

House of Blues; 1,000 capacity; $15

Production: Presented inhouse. Opened and reviewed Aug. 24, 2000, closed Aug. 26.

Cast: Band: Trever Keith, Scott Shiflett, Chad Yaro, Pete Parada.

More Music

  • A pair of handcuffs

    D.C. Concert Biz Heavyweight Seth Hurwitz Busted for Solicitation

    Seth Hurwitz, a highly regarded figure in the Washington, D.C. concert scene, was arrested Wednesday on solicitation of prostitution after a massage therapist who felt harassed by Hurwitz helped police set up a bust. Hurwitz, owner of the 9:30 Club and Anthem venues and chairman of the Merriweather Post Pavilion, was released on $5,000 bond [...]

  • Major Lazer Fortnite

    Major Lazer Remixes Fortnite Soundtrack and Releases New In-Game Skins

    Major Lazer, one of Diplo’s many creative outlets, has teamed up with Fortnite to offer fans access to a unique character skin and new remixes of the game’s Default Dance track. The Lazerism set includes the Major Lazer Outfit, Lazer Wings, Lazer Aze, the Lazer Blast emote and the EDM group’s remix of the “Default [...]

  • Succession HBO

    'Succession' Composer Nicholas Britell on Making Music for the One Percent

    The Roys, the media empire family at the heart of HBO’s “Succession,” are ridiculously rich. They’re manipulative and cruel. They’re also a bit delusional and absurd. When Nicholas Britell conceived the show’s score, he wanted to capture all of that. “I wrote in this almost late-1700s, dark classical zone,” says Britell, the Oscar-nominated composer of [...]

  • Fred Durst attends the LA premiere

    Fred Durst Has No Woodstock '99 Regrets: 'Limp Bizkit Is an Easy Target So Bring it On'

    Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst is finally talking about Woodstock ’99 — the second anniversary of the 1969 festival that offered throngs of attendees a polar opposite experience to peace, love and mellow music. Now the stuff of legend — and a stellar multi-episode podcast series from The Ringer called “Break Stuff” — riots, fires [...]

  • Album Review: Jay Som's 'Anak Ko'

    Album Review: Jay Som's 'Anak Ko'

    If ever there was an album that could have come out at any point in the last 25 years, it’s Jay Som’s sophomore outing, “Anak Ko.” A mesh of multiple indie-rock influences, its low-key intensity, hushed vocals and emphasis on strong melodies could have placed it alongside Lush or the Boo Radleys on 4AD or [...]

  • Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo

    Moody Blues' Justin Hayward Isn't Burning Up Over What Got Lost in the Fire

    Nobody called Justin Hayward about the fire on the Universal Studios Hollywood lot — not Universal Music Group, certainly, but also no reporters. “There were much more important people to call or to speak about that,” Hayward says, in his typically self-effacing, English way. The New York Timesrecently blew the lid off of the 2008 [...]

  • Album Review: Brockhampton's 'Ginger'

    Album Review: Brockhampton's 'Ginger'

    It is a testament to the sheer creative force and prolific output of their last two breakout years that, though the members are only in their early 20s, Brockhampton has settled into a kind of artistic maturity on their new record, “Ginger.” In 2017, Brockhampton burst into the hip-hop consciousness offering a bold paradigm shift [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content