a Epitaph Records: Straightfaced

Johnny Miller Vocals 

Dave Tonic Guitars 

Ron Moeller Drums 

Kevin Bass 

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For their third full-length release, Straightfaced was determined to record an album that would raise the bar for hardcore. The plan was to further blur the lines between hardcore, punk and metal while at the same time pushing the sonic envelope to its limit. After a year spent touring in support of their 1998 release Conditioned the band returned home to Huntington Beach to begin work on their most ambitious album to date, Pulling Teeth. In the middle of the writing process, the band was forced to deal with personnel changes that would dramatically affect the sound of the pending album. Bass player Kevin Norton was replaced by Jeff Hibbons and the exit of rhythm guitarist Damon Beard left the band as a four piece, drastically affecting the dynamics of the band. It had quickly become apparent that in order for Straightfaced to achieve their goals, something was going to have to give.

As Straightfaced's lead guitarist, Dave Tonic's inventive playing style has always been a major part of the bands sound. A rare player who is able to walk the razors edge of technical sophistication without sacrificing raw intensity, Tonic was not only going to have to reinvent the bands sound, but fill in the holes left by Beards departure. With the help of the producing team of Blag Dahlia (of The Dwarves) and Brad Cook, Tonic turned to an arsenal of exotic effects, studio magic and beer to create a new sound built around his unique style. The result is a wall of guitars and tones that work in conjunction with the rhythm section to drive the bands hectic breakneck beats. Over the course of the three-week recording process, it became apparent that this was going to be a truly special album.

As always, Johnny Miller's brutally honest...




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