PICS: Face to Face, Lagwagon at the Observatory North Park

A punk party popped off at the Observatory North Park when Lagwagon and Face to Face rolled through town.

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Announced back in July, the two bands joined forces for a national tour that kicked off in Tacoma, Washington on Sept. 27 and wrapped up right here on Sunday, Oct. 27.
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Lagwagon's out in support of their latest album, "Railer," which dropped on Oct. 9 via Fat Wreck Chords. It's the first full-length studio album since 2014's "Hang."
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Face to Face, which got its start originally in 1991, hails from right up the road in gool ol’ Victorville, California.
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Face to Face is currently comprised of singer/guitarist Trever Keith, drummer Danny Thompson, bassist Scott Shiflett, and guitarist Dennis Hill (pictured).
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The band released their first album, “Don’t Turn Away” in 1992, which was followed by “Big Choice” in ’95. That’s when the band rose to national prominence – their song “Disconnected” became a huge radio hit.
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The group's latest studio album is 2016's "Protection," however they've since followed that up with "Hold Fast: Acoustic Sessions" in 2018 -- a collection of 10 acoustic versions of their most popular songs. (Shiflett pictured)
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The band tore through a killer set list on Oct. 27, which included the likes of "Bent but Not Broken," "Pastel," "I'm Not Afraid," "All For Nothing," "A-OK," and "Disconnected" among others. (Keith pictured)
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Fun fact: The band was initially named Zero Tolerance before changing their musical style a short time later and changing their name to what we now know and love. (Thompson pictured)
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For all your coffee-table book punks out there, be sure to check out the band's 2017 visual history book, "Face to Face: 25 Years of SoCal Punk"!
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Lagwagon -- originally from Goleta, California -- formed in 1989 and joined fellow Golden State bands like Rancid, Green Day and the Offspring in helping to revitalize national and worldwide interest in punk rock during the '90s.
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The band is currently comprised of vocalist Joey Cape (pictured), guitarist Chris Flippin, bassist Joe Raposo, guitarist Chris Rest and drummer Dave Raun.
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After signing to Fat Mike's (from NOFX) label Fat Wreck Chords, the band released their debut album named "Duh" in 1992. (Rest pictured)
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Band lore has it that the name "Lagwagon" came about because Cape's mom was often late picking him and his brother up from school; she drove a station wagon, which his brother dubbed -- you guessed it -- the "lagwagon." We don't know if that's true or not, but hey, it makes sense. (Cape pictured)
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Raposo (pictured) officially joined the band in 2011 after original bassist, Jesse Buglione, departed.
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Since "Duh," the group has released eight more studio albums -- all on Fat Wreck Chords -- along with a treasure trove of EPs, compilations features, and other releases.
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Here's to hopin' they both come back to town soon!
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