Excellent; I look forward to it. You said it's very new -- does that mean that it's going to be something new for you, a new musical direction? Any hints as to what it could sound like? How'd the new band come about?
It's definitely a new musical direction. I can't really describe the sound. You'll just have to wait until it's finished.
Not to prod, but is it going to be anything akin to the Face to Face stuff lyrically? You seemed to come back to the same themes a lot of the time back then, about thinking for yourself and not backing down, all that positive stuff -- it almost felt like the band was a kind of therapy for you. Is that still a part of your songwriting, or is the new music something completely different?
It's still me, so I guess there are certain aspects of my writing that will remain a constant.
Any plans for a reunion somewhere down the line? Is everybody still on speaking terms?
There aren't any plans for a reunion, nor do I think the idea is very appealing to any of us.
I don't suppose there's any hope of you all touring in support of Shoot the Moon, the new "best-of" compilation, is there?
Damn. I figured as much, but I had to ask. Do you get a lot of that from us old Face to Face fans? I don't mean to reopen old wounds or anything, honest.
Yes, I get a lot of that, and it's cool to be appreciated. There just isn't any reality in a F2F tour.
How did the new comp come about? What made you decide that, "yeah, okay, this is the right time for this"?
Once we agreed that it was time to break up the band, I felt like we needed a CD to chronicle our career.
I take it that the CD's been in the works for quite a while, then?
More than a year.
How'd you select which songs would go on the comp? It seems to me to be somewhat skewed towards the "classic" stuff, as opposed to the later recordings, but that may be because the "classics" are what I'm more familiar with. Is the disc in strictly chronological order?
I just went by what had become our set list over the past five years or so. Those seem to be the songs that people really react to. It's not like we ever had "hits," so it was a matter of appealing to the fans. The CD is in chronological order.
Have you gotten reactions yet from any die-hard Face to Face fans?
Some people are bummed that the CD doesn't include anything from IIB [Ed. Note: 1999's Ignorance is Bliss], but it just didn't sound right for the CD.
Also, it's funny, but when I hear a lot of the bigger "punk" bands out there now, I hear a hell of a lot of you guys. I know you slogged through the music business morass for more than a decade with relatively little mainstream success to show for it, and yet it seems like you pretty much wrote the blueprint for what came after. Was it just the wrong time for Face to Face back then?
Who knows? We were successful; I have no regrets.
If you had to do it all over again, would you do anything differently, do you think?
Sure, but wouldn't anybody? I don't know what I would do different, specifically.
And given the influence you guys had on what's out there today, are there any bands or musicians you particularly like right now?
My Chemical Romance, Everytime I Die.
While we're at it, how does this comp compare to Everything Is Everything? Aren't a lot of the same songs on both that comp and Shoot the Moon?
I guess some of the songs are the same. Everything is Everything is a European release, though. It also does not contain the extensive liner notes from the band members or rare photos. The packaging on Shoot the Moon: The Essential Collection is really what makes it stand out.
Ah, okay -- I've only seen the promo version, so I wasn't sure what the final product would look like. So, what's the future hold for you? Are you in the music thing for life, do you think?
I'm going to be in music for as long as I can make it work. END