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The Faceless’ Manager Explains The Band’s Troubled ‘Bay Area Death Fest’ Set


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The Faceless‘ troubled June 10th set at the ‘Bay Area Death Fest‘ in Berkeley, CA continues to dog the band. On that night the group were booked to perform their 2008 album “Planetary Duality” in full at the festival. However, a late arrival resulted in an abbreviated set with fans in attendance pointing out an allegedly sloppy performance from band mastermind Michael Keene.

Initially The Faceless began to delete negative comments about the set that were made on their Facebook, before later deleting the thread entirely. Last week, referring to this unflattering video filmed at the show in question, the band went on social media to livestream a show they were playing, while in part adding: “Don’t let one 15 second video mold your entire opinion on us.”

Overnight the group’s manager E.J. Shannon officially addressed the matter via Facebook. He revealed that van troubles were to blame for the band’s late arrival at the festival that night. He stated:

“I’ll address what happened at BADF. The Faceless left to head to the show and 30 minutes into the drive their van broke down. I had to find a mechanic to come into his shop on a Sunday to fix the van. By the time the van got fixed, it was cutting it very close for The Faceless to make it to the show on time to play their set.

At this point, a lot of bands would just cancel the show and move on to the next one. But we are really trying to turn The Faceless‘ reputation around and make things right with the fans, so we decided to have the band rush up to Northern California and play their set, despite being extremely late.

Once they got there, there were a few kinks that needed to be worked out with the laptop, so it took them a bit longer to set up than usual. It was the first day of tour, and they hadn’t gotten to sound check because they were so late due to the van breaking down. Lots of bands (not all, but lots) have issues on the first day of tour, but these are usually fixed during sound check. By the time they were able to get set up and start playing, they only had about 30 minutes before the venue had to cut them off due to a strict sound curfew. So they played what they could from Planetary Duality. As for the sloppy playing…would you play a perfect set after a stressful day like that?

Michael Keene is working on bringing this band back to where it once was. The rest of the shows after BADF have been great, and so will all of the future shows. Shit happens, but The Faceless is moving forward.”

He also went on to provide receipts for the work done on the van in reply to his post linked above. The Faceless saw a mass lineup exodus earlier this year and subsequently faced public allegations of Michael Keene having a heroin addiction being made by a former member of the band. At present they are out on the road with the following shows booked:

With AngelMaker:

06/19 Thunder Bay, ON – Crock’s
06/20 Winnipeg, MB – Park Theater
06/21 Regina, SK – The Exchange
06/22 Calgary, AB – The Distortion
06/23 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room
06/24 Kelowna, BC – The Habitat
06/25 Vancouver, BC – Astoria

With Lorna Shore, Dyscarnate & NOMVDIC:

06/26 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
06/27 Portland, OR – Dante’s
06/28 Boise, ID – The Shredder
06/29 Salt Lake City, UT – Club X
06/30 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
07/01 Denver, CO – Oriental Theater
07/02 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
07/03 Sioux Falls, SD – Big’s Bar
07/05 Green Bay, WI – Riverside Ballroom
07/06 St. Paul, MN – Amsterdam
07/08 Joliet, IL – The Forge
07/09 Kalamazoo, MI – Shakespeare’s Pub (feat. Dead Eyes Always Dreaming)
07/10 Louisville, KY – Diamond Pub Concert Hall

With Lorna Shore, Dyscarnate & Dead Eyes Always Dreaming:

07/11 Dayton, OH – Oddbody’s (feat. The Convalescence)
07/12 Detroit, MI – Harpo’s (feat. The Convalescence)
07/13 Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater
07/14 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
07/15 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
07/16 Waterford, NY – Chrome
07/17 Brooklyn, NY – Knitting Factory
07/18 Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
07/19 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
07/22 Tampa, FL – The Orpheum
07/23 Margate, FL – O’Malley’s
07/24 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade

With Lorna Shore, Dyscarnate & The Convalescence:

07/25 New Orleans, LA – Southport Hall
07/26 Houston, TX – Scout Bar
07/27 Austin, TX – Come and Take it Live!
07/28 Ft. Worth, TX – Rail Club
07/30 Mesa, AZ – Club Red
07/31 San Diego, CA – Brick by Brick
08/01 Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
08/02 W. Hollywood, CA – Whisky
08/03 Laguna Niguel, CA – The Karman Bar

[via MetalSucks]

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