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Don't Turn Away

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Album Review

Considered by many fans to be a classic, this debut on Fat Wreck Chords (originally released on Doctor Strange, with only a few thousand copies shipped before the company went out of business) qualifies as a '90s punk must-have. The first (and by far the rawest) of three Face to Face recordings to include alt-rock radio mega-hit "Disconnected," this 13-track disc reveals a band on the brink of punk stardom. Don't Turn Away features original members Matt Riddle on bass, Rob Kurth on drums, and singer/guitarist Trevor Keith — the one constant in what would become an ever-shifting lineup. Keith demonstrates a powerful, well-defined voice, along with a strong commitment to his material — carefully avoiding the fake British accent snottiness that many of his mid-'90s pop-punk contemporaries found hard to resist. Providing excellent backing for their leader's trademark creations, the rhythm section stays in control and out of the way throughout most of Don't Turn Away. The band's enthusiasm gets the best of them during slower material that sounds uneven at times, but many fans might consider such caffeinated quirks endearing and forgive the unpleasantries when the trio rips through studio versions of upbeat concert favorites "You've Done Nothing" and "Pastel." A retrospective spin of Don't Turn Away will let new listeners in on something old-school Face to Face aficionados have known since the record's 1992 release: from the very beginning, Trevor Keith and company possessed the instincts to both reinforce and transform punk.

Customer Reviews

What can you say?

I'll tell you.....the perfect, raw, punk record! Ahead of it's time with ridiculous energy and ultra memorable melodies! A shame that parochial - minimal bands like the offspring became stars when a band like face to face were giants in comparison and truly were instrumental in laying the groundwork for the modern punk/emo scene. Think Descendents with better songs and Pistols energy! No reason they should not mentioned in the same breath with the likes of Bad Religion. Listen for yourself~

Great album

If you had to buy one album from the early 90s that embodied the California punk scene, filled with memorable songs and amazing energy this is the album to get. Front to back this album has it all, and in my mind 1000 X is one of the best closing songs on any album.

One of the All Time Greats

This was one of my favorites when it came out and after all of these years it is still one of my favorites. My tastes in music have changed significantly, but the energy of Face to Face still has a lot of appeal to me. This is a good one for the gym or a run.


Formed: 1991 in Victorville, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Southern California punks Face to Face formed in 1991, originally comprised of 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....
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