Fat Wreck Chordsand legendary West Coast rock bandface to faceare pleased to announce the release of the music video for “All For Nothing.” The track is lifted from the band’s new album,Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions),and is a song about misplaced obsession, commitment, and sacrifice for the things that ultimately destroy us. “It’s about how we lie to ourselves to ignore what’s real,” frontmanTrever Keithsaid. “I wanted the music video to be melancholy while capturing a sense of isolation and loneliness but with some of the culture that is the background from the band being from Southern California. The image of the ocean is a metaphor for the unrelenting power of the things we cannot control in our lives.”
Out now,Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)is a career-spanning collection of some of the band’s signature songs, jumping from 1992’s classicDon’t Turn Awayto the band’s most recent effort, 2016’sProtection, reimagined into a body of work serving as the band’s first-ever acoustic album. Illustrating the sheer breadth of Keith’s songwriting capacity,Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions)distills these beloved tracks down to their simplest form, allowing for his craft to be put on full display. Stream the album in full on SpotifyHEREand purchase the album via Fat Wreck ChordsHERE.Additionally, the band recently announced a full acoustic tour in support of the album. Spanning the month of September, the tour will take in evenings in more intimate venues across the U.S. with special guestsCory BrananandAustin Lucasappearing in select markets and will begin after an appearance at next weekend’sRiot FestinChicago, IL. A full listing of dates can be found below and more information on tickets can be found on the band’s official websiteHERE.
When you think of West Coast punk rock, there aren’t many names more culturally resonant thanface to face, the melodic-punk group formed by frontmanTrever Keith27 years ago. The band has weathered the shifting sands of punk rock and pop culture more times than anyone can count, and here they are, nearly three decades later, not only still going strong but finding new and exciting ways to keep their band and their fans invigorated.
“During last year’s Econo-Live tour, we included a VIP package for the first time ever,” Keith says. “I wanted to do something more than just signing autographs or taking pictures, so we added an acoustic set every night before the show. What came out of that experience was this realization that our songs, when stripped down, had a really cool identity that didn’t exist the way that we play them as a full band, punk-rock style. We started to notice this connection with the people who were watching, and we started thinking, ‘Maybe we should record this.’”
So Keith and his band—longtime bassistScott Shiflett, drummerDanny Thompsonand guitaristDennis Hill—did just that, booking a studio during an off-day on tour to capture this raw, stripped-down snapshot of their catalog. From there, the band approached Fat about releasing the album, but even though the label was supportive of the project, Keith himself wasn’t happy with the result. He decided to scrap the original sessions and have the band hit the studio once more, this time with more songs and refined arrangements that include guest musicians (including accomplished pedal-steel player Gary Brandin and Dirty Heads percussionist Jon Olazabal) and unique instrumentation such as mandolin, piano and harmonium.
“We’re a band that isn’t afraid to try new things and stretch out beyond what people define as punk rock – it’s part of our career ethic and something we will never change,” Keith continues. “An acoustic record is something we never would have done in 1994 because it wasn’t ‘punk rock’ then, but the world has changed, our supporters have changed, we’ve changed, and the timing just feels right.”
face to face will be making the following appearances throughout the fall. Dates below with more to be announced soon.
09/14/18 Chicago, IL at Cobra Lounge # 09/14/18 Chicago, IL at RIOT FEST 09/16/18 Pittsburgh, PA at Club Cafe # 09/17/18 Buffalo, NY at Knitting Factory # 09/19/18 New York, NY at City Winery # 09/20/18 Asbury Park, NJ at Crossroads # 09/21/18 Croydon, PA at Neshaminy Creek Brewing # 09/22/18 Ithaca, NY at The Haunt # 09/23/18 Boston, MA at City Winery # 09/25/18 Virginia Beach, VA at Shakas # 09/26/18 Washington, DC at City Winery # 09/27/18 Richmond, VA at Broadberry # 09/28/18 Atlanta, GA at City Winery # 09/29/18 Cincinnati, OH at Northside Yacht Club # 09/30/18 Nashville, TN at City Winery #
* – Acoustic only performance w/ Cory Branan # – Acoustic only performance w/ Austin Lucas