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Southern California outfit Face to Face got together in the early '90s, delivering no-frills, fast-paced blasts that trod familiar anti-authority punk ground. Following their 1992 debut, Don't Turn Away, their popularity peaked, joining contemporaries NOFX and the Offspring as punk hit the mainstream with the Warped Tour crowd. After an extended hiatus and almost a decade removed from their prior release, they returned with a matured, restrained punk-rock sound that carried them into the 2010s. Formed in 1991, Face to Face originally comprised singer/guitarist Trever Keith, drummer Rob Kurth, and bassist Matt Riddle. Debuting early the following year on the Doctor Strange label with Don't Turn Away, the trio was quickly snapped up by Fat Wreck Chords, which reissued the LP soon after. Adding second guitarist Chad Yaro, Face to Face toured relentlessly in the months to follow, recording a series of singles and compilation tracks collected in 1994 as Over It. When the song "Disconnected" became a local hit thanks to steady airplay on Los Angeles station KROQ, the group's profile grew considerably, and 1995's Big Choice sold in excess of 100,000 copies. In the wake of Riddle's exit, bassist Scott Shiflett signed on for Face to Face's major-label debut, a self-titled release issued on A&M in 1996. The adventurous Ignorance Is Bliss followed in mid-1999 on the BMG-distributed Beyond label, featuring new drummer Pete Parada. The following year saw Face to Face returning to their core sound with Reactionary, released on the band's own label, Lady Luck Records, via Beyond. Through a promotion with MP3.com, Face to Face allowed fans to shape the set list for Reactionary by downloading snippets of the songs and voting which ones should make it onto the album. Nearly two million votes were received during a six-week period. Reactionary was released on June 20, 2000. The cover album Standards & Practices, which featured the band's own rendition of songs by the Smiths, the Pogues, Fugazi, the Jam, and others, was issued on Vagrant in early 2001. That year also saw Keith and Shiflett join Viva Death, who released their eponymous debut in September 2002. Meanwhile, Face to Face had joined the Dropkick Murphys for a split EP, and How to Ruin Everything, the band's sixth studio album, had appeared in March 2002. In fall 2003, Face to Face disbanded after 13 years and six albums. Two years later, the retrospective Shoot the Moon: The Essential Collection was released on Keith's Antagonist Records. In 2008, Keith announced that the lineup that recorded Ignorance Is Bliss and Reactionary would be reuniting as Face to Face. However, because of scheduling conflicts, Uprising drummer Danny Thompson would replace Pete Parada, who was touring with the Offspring. The lineup remained the same for continuing albums, which included 2011's Laugh Now...Laugh Later and 2013's Three Chords and a Half Truth. Two years later, the band signed with Fat Wreck Chords and entered the studio to record a new album. Their tenth LP, Protection, was released in early 2016, featuring the single "Bent But Not Broken." A 7" single, "Say What You Want" backed with "I, Me, Mine," was released the following summer. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Disconnected
  3.   I Won't Lie Down
  4.   Blind
  5.   Pastel
  6.   You've Done Nothing
  7.   You Lied
  8.   A-OK
  9.   Blood In the Water
  10.   It's Not All About You
  11.   I'm Trying
  12.   What Difference Does It Make
  13.   Should Anything Go Wrong
  14.   The Kkk Took My Baby Away
  15.   I Don't Mind and You Don't Matter
  16.   Walk the Walk
  17.   I Want
  18.   It's Not Over
  19.   Ordinary
  20.   Complicated
  21.   Velocity
  22.   Bill of Goods
  23.   Don't Turn Away
  24.   I'm Not Afraid
  25.   Handout
  26.   Under the Wreckage
  27.   The Invisible Hand
  28.   You've Got a Problem
  29.   Talk Talk
  30.   The Compromise
  31.   You Could've Had Everything
  32.   Too Late
  33.   For You
  34.   Marked Man
  35.   Bright Lights Go Down
  36.   Everything's Your Fault
  37.   London Calling
  38.   Keep Your Chin Up
  39.   Say What You Want
  40.   Stopgap
  41.   Thick as a Brick
  42.   Double Standard
  43.   Shoot the Moon
  44.   Fight or Flight
  45.   Disappointed
  46.   Nearly Impossible
  47.   In Harm's Way
  48.   Overcome
  49.   Do You Care?
  50.   In Between Days
  51.   America's Dream
  52.   Think For Yourself
  53.   Everything Is Everything
  54.   Falling
  55.   Take It Back
  56.   The Last Flame
  57.   Dissension
  58.   Symptomatic
  59.   Don't Change
  60.   No Authority
  61.   Debt
  62.   Woman in Love
  63.   I (The Gift of the Gibe)
  64.   Feeling so Good
  65.   Burning Up
  66.   Here We Are
  67.   Night of the Long Knives
  68.   Bent But Not Broken
  69.   Alpha&Omega
  70.   Hardcase
  71.   Across State Lines
  72.   Jinxproof
  73.   Flat Black
  74.   Smokestacks and Skyscrapers
  75.   Welcome Back to Nothing
  76.   Pushover
  77.   Why Do I Say
  78.   Tell Me Why
  79.   When Time Stands Still
  80.   One Wish
  81.   Why Would I Lie?
  82.   The World in Front of You
  83.   [Untitled Spoken Track]
  84.   A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
  85.   That's Entertainment
  86.   Planet of Sound
  87.   Sunny Side of the Street
  88.   Shame on Me
  89.   What's in a Name?
  90.   Run in Circles
  91.   Everyone Hates a Know-It-All
  92.   Burden
  93.   Telling Them
  94.   1,000 X
  95.   Walk Away
  96.   Big Choice
  97.   I Know You Well
  98.   Struggle
  99.   Late
  100.   The New Way
  101.   Sensible
  102.   So Long
  103.   I Know What You Are
  104.   Hollow
  105.   Resignation
  106.   Heart's Alive
  107.   How to Ruin Everything
  108.   Pathetic
  109.   Solitaire
  110.   Bottle Rockets
  111.   Questions Still Remain
  112.   What You Came For
  113.   Chesterfield King
  114.   I, Me, Mine
  115.   Maybe Next Time
  116.   This Time
  117.   Icons
  118.   Graded on a Curve
  119.   The Take-Away
  120.   Girl of Mine
  121.   Voices
  122.   Put You in Your Place
  123.   Sad but True
  124.   With Your Love
  125.   First Step, Misstep
  126.   Right as Rain
  127.   Bombs Away
  128.   All For Nothing
  129.   The 4th Watch
  130.   Who You Are
  131.   Nullification
  132.   Estranged
  133.   Best Defense
  134.   Out of Focus
  135.   Nothing New
  136.   Not for Free
  137.   Lost Without Your Love
  138.   Three Chords and a Half Truth
  139.   Night Is Young
  140.   A Boy Like You
  141.   Eyes Can Tell
  142.   Heaven
  143.   Walk into Fire
  144.   It's All About You
  145.   123 Drop
  146.   Just Like You Said
  147.   Merchandise
  148.   Marked Men
  149.   Paper Tigers with Teeth
  150.   Heart of Hearts
  151.   Bikeage
  152.   Too Young
  153.   Shake the World
  154.   Lost
  155.   14 Hours
  156.   Get Up
  157.   Can't Change the World
  158.   Prodigal
  159.   Promises
  160.   Waiting to Be Saved
  161.   Helpless
  162.   The Devil You Know (God Is a Man)
  163.   Confess
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