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  • Years Active

    1989 – 2002 (12 years)

1. Cleveland, Ohio hardcore, 1989-1997
2. Aggressive, in your face Pop Punk from Hamilton, Ontario.

1.The Original Cleveland version of Face Value was formed in June 1989 from the ashes of punk/crossover band 'The Bagmen,' after singer Don Foose (currently in Run Devil Run and Foose) left to sing for Chris Andrew's SPUDMONSTERS. The band recruited local HC scenester Tony Erba for Vocals and Ax lord Downtown Anthony Brown (arguably the best Guitarist in Hardcore). With a name change and new line-up Face Value went to work creating Cleveland Style HC music along with Erba's posi-HC lyrics and vocal style. Inspired by fast, youthful HC ala 7 Seconds, Negative Approach, Minor Threat and DYS, Agnostic Front.

Soon the band began playing local and out of state shows with False Hope, Outface, Confront and Integrity, the second wave of HC bands from Cleveland.

A 7" was released on the California label Conversion Records entitled "Coming Of Age" in March 1990. The band however was not getting over in Cleveland… all the focus was on Integrity it seemed. The band spent much of the remainder of '89 and '90 playing out of state and touring with California SXE heroes Insted. When Face Value finally played Cleveland again in August 1990, the band received a wild response from a sold-out Babylon A-Go-Go and realized that Cleveland had finally taken to the band in a big way, as the straight-edge/youthful HC scene in Cleve had exploded. They made the Babylon their home base and sold it out 3 times. Erba was bringing in national HC bands like Slapshot, Tad, Government Issue, Burn, Inside Out, etc. and a somewhat not-so-friendly rivalry with Integrity ensued as both bands drew huge crowds and slammed each other in the media. The band released a full-length tour-de-force LP on Conversion called "Price Of Maturity" in '91. They also released a live 7" on the Nemesis label called "Loud" and toured relentlessly from '90 through '93 to wild responses and large crowds,doing the entire US three times. On tour in the Southeast in '92, bassist Tony Hinton had to leave the band to report to Mansfield Reformatory for a 4-year prison sentence. Several replacements followed. A second full-length Lp "Kick It Over" had been recorded and was released in spring '93 on Doghouse Records.

However,the scene by this time was changing from the positive,open-minded feel-good atmosphere that had embraced Face Value to a more dogmatic,tough-guy circus centering on being "hard" and focusing on veganism, metal-core, money-making
and Integrity thug-worship. Face Value was viewed as a relic and a caricature from the past and combined with the poor reception that "Kick It Over" received (the record saw the band playing more rock-oriented stuff without the speed and angst of their classic releases, much like latter-day SSD or DYS) signalled the beginning of the end for the band. Vocalist Erba was disgusted by the face of the new scene and it's further departure from its original inception as punk rock's leaner, faster offshoot and decided to leave the band after the '93 tour in September. The last show with Erba was Dec. '93 in front of 400 people at the old Flash Gordon's with Verrucose (featuring Disengage frontman Jason Byers) and Gag Reflex (featuring Wedge and Chard who went on to form the H-100s and Nine Shocks Terror with Tony Erba).

In 1994 Doghouse records offered 'Face Value,' a European tour. Front-man Erba Declined and Face Value recruited Cleveland Crossover singer Tommy Viets, for the European tour. After returning from Europe Face Value cut another album entitled "Choices" on We Bite Records; with new singer Jeff Desterhaft. The band did one last U.S. tour in 1997, after which saw the departure of drummer/foundering member Scott Doland.

The band still continued with fill-in singers, bassists and drummers for a handful of reunion shows.

"Coming Of Age" 7",Conversion Records,1990 5,000 pressed
(still being repressed by Revelation Records without consent of the band)

"The Price Of Maturity" LP 1991 Conversion Records 10,000 pressed
(that we're legitimately aware of)

"Loud" 7" live single ,1992 Nemesis Records 3,000 pressed

"Kick It Over" LP, Doghouse/Cargo Records 1993 5,000 pressed

"Choices" LP, We Bite Records,1994 5,000 pressed.

There is also a second group called Face Value, which is a Genesis tribute band.

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