Foo Fighters guitarist Chris Shiflett has teamed up with his brother/Face To Face bassist Scott, Face To Face frontman Trever Keith, and ubiquitous session drummer Josh Freese (Vandals, A Perfect Circle) to record an album under the moniker Viva Death. The 15-song, self-titled set is due Aug. 27 from Vagrant, on which Face To Face issued its latest album, “How To Ruin Everything.”
The Viva Death album was produced by Chad Blinman, who was behind the boards for “How To Ruin Everything” and has been collaborating with Face To Face for several years. Overall, the material lives up to the band’s ominous name, especially on such confrontational tracks such as “Fundamentalist,” “Manipulate-Capitulate,” and “Terrorism for Fun & Profit.” The sound is a bit darker than recent fare by Face To Face and Foo Fighters, at times recalling the angry, aggressive attack favored by Fugazi or Jawbox.
A spokesperson says the band may tour in support of the record, but no plans are yet confirmed. Face To Face begins a U.K. tour July 11 in Portsmouth; Foo Fighters are taking a break from work on their fourth RCA album while frontman Dave Grohl tours with Queens Of The Stone Age.
Chris Shiflett is no stranger to side projects, having recorded three albums and toured with the punk all-star cover band Me First And The Gimme Gimmes. That group also features vocalist Spike Slawson (Swingin’ Utters), guitarist Joey Cape (Lagwagon), bassist Fat Mike (NOFX), and drummer Dave Raun (Lagwagon).