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 1994 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.
Face to Face officially split up in September 2004, 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 four years at The Glasshouse in Pomona, California. The band has continued to perform since, and released a seventh studio album, Laugh Now, Laugh Later, on May 17, 2011. Face to Face has sold over 750,000 albums worldwide.
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”. 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.