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Five Albums That Changed My Life: Face to Face’s Trever Keith

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Eight years after releasing their last studio effort, Face to Face have just returned with ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later,’ their most inspired album since their late ’90s commercial peak. Formed in Southern California back in 1991, Face to Face went on to become one of the most popular melodic punk bands in the world. The new record is packed to the gills with one hooky chorus after another, with Trever Keith’s punchy vocal lines getting lodged in your brain after one listen. “It incorporates tiny elements from each of our previous records. But it is mostly like our early stuff,” says Keith. With ‘Laugh Now, Laugh Later’ finally in stores, Noisecreep asked Keith for a list of the five albums that changed his life.

‘London Calling’
The Clash (1980)

“From the opening chords of the title track on this album I was hooked. This is the best punk rock record ever made.”

Signature Track: ‘London Calling


‘Hatful of Hollow’
The Smiths (1984)

“This is kind of an odd import record for the Smiths. It is a ‘Peel Sessions’ version of their singles and songs from other releases. But it was the first record I ever heard by the Smiths, who have easily become my favorite band of all time.”

Signature Track: ‘Reel Around the Fountain


‘The Head on the Door’
The Cure (1985)

“This is the first record I ever got on CD. I still own it. It’s got great sounds, songs and arrangements. It’s a classic. I ripped off so many of these chord progressions over the years. It’s been such a huge influence on my songwriting.”

Signature Track: ‘Close to Me


Fugazi (1990)

“I had never heard anything like this before I heard this record. This record was a giant influence on early Face to Face stuff. If I had to pick a favorite song on the album, I would have to go with ‘Styrofoam.'”

Signature Track: ‘Styrofoam


‘Getz AuGo Go’
Stan Getz and Austrud Gilberto (1964)

“Astrud Gilberto may be my favorite female vocalist of all time. This is a live recording and sounds fantastic.”

Signature Track: ‘Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)


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