Music Scene: Face to Face, The New Orleans Suspects
By Matthew GodbeySpecial to The Post and Courier – Thursday, May 30, 2013
Face to Face
Somewhat of a pioneer of the West Coast pop-punk sound, Face to Face emerged in the late ’80s in a firestorm of bass riffs, gang vocals, raspy yet potent melodies and machine-gun snare strikes that defined a genre.
After five albums, the band split in 2004 over creative differences, and the members of the quartet pursued other projects, including The Offspring, Saves the Day and Legion of Doom, before reuniting in 2008.
The band is touring behind its second release since reuniting, this year’s “Three Chords and a Half Truth.”
Face to Face will perform Tuesday at the Music Farm, 32 Ann St., with Teenage Bottlerocket, Black List Royals, Joshua Black Wilkins and The 33’s. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 the day of the show and are available at the door, the Music Farm box office or at TicketFly.com. Go to MusicFarm.com or call 577-6989.
New Orleans Suspects
Like most New Orleans-based bands, the New Orleans Suspects is actually a ragdoll made up of respected veteran musicians, each with a long career within the legendary New Orleans music culture.
Sax player Jeff Watkins led James Brown’s band for 12 years, while bassist Reggie Scanlan has spent 33 years playing bass for New Orleans’ longest-running band, The Radiators. Willie Green has served as the Neville Brothers’ drummer since the ’80s. Jake Eckert was the longtime lead guitarist for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, as well as performing with Dave Matthews, Dr. John, Warren Haynes and others. Pianist C.R. Grover has served stints with The Meters Experience, Outformation, Angie Aparo and others.
Together, the roster makes up more than a century of dedicated musicianship.
The New Orleans Suspects will perform Friday at The Pour House, 1977 Maybank Highway. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, and are available at the door or online at Etix.com. Doors open at 9 p.m. with the show starting at 10 p.m.
Call 571-4343 or go to CharlestonPourHouse.com.