by Holladay Allen
Native Foods Cafe
I first met Scott Shiflett almost 10 years ago. I had just started at Native Foods Cafe probably a month before and was new to California, having hauled myself all the way across the country from Florida (perhaps the weirdest state ever). How many times I listened to Face to Face's Disconnected on my drive across the country... I am not quite sure, but needless to say when I brought his order to the table.... I was stoked!
"Are you Scott Shiflett the bassist for Face to Face?" I can't remember exactly what he said.... and I think he had sunglasses on... but it was a "Yes I am" in some form of another... And I think I said something to the extent of "That is so rad. I love Face to Face! Holy cow. This is awesome." Dorkus malorkus... but I didn't care. For realz, Face to Face's Big Choice was a large part of the soundtrack to my high school daze... and I can't even begin to tell you how many times I heard Ryan Key (from the now popular band Yellowcard) belt this song out in divey hang outs throughout the Jacksonville area when he first started his pop-punk parade in Modern Amusement. Oh nostalgia. Anywho, it has been great chit-chatting with Scott and his lovely wife Rie whenever they stop in for a bite or I run into them at other LA haunts eating vegan food.
And I am beyond stoked to catch him and Face to Face on their upcoming tour, for their new album Laugh Now, Laugh Later, with Strung Out (another life long favorite). CLICK HERE for dates.
So here is the full, uncensored interview with Scott from the In the Spotlight section of the Native Foods Cafe Newsletter:
Where are you from? I was born in Santa Barbara California but spent a little time living in Chicago, Maryland, Malaysia, Hawaii etc... I've lived in Los Angeles now for about twenty years.
What is your sign? I'm a (triple fire sign) Leo
What inspired you to become vegan/ vegetarian? Although I support animal rights and health concerns are never far away it was really just a good old fashioned aversion to consuming flesh that did the trick. I guess it was the "gross out factor" that finally motivated me to make lasting changes in my diet.
If you were to come back as an animal what would you LIKE it to be? A Lion
If you were to come back as an animal what do you THINK it would be? A housecat
Do you have any pets? If so, what kind and what are their names? 1 1/2 cats a Cymric (long haired Manx) named Belo and a tabby we "share" with our neighbor named Puppy
What do you want to be when you “grow-up”? Responsible
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why? London in the mid sixties... or Hawaii so much of what i really love in so-called pop culture was going down there and then... Hawaii because it's Hawaii....( I love the idea of getting away from it all and it's so beautiful and laid back there )
What is your favorite current menu item at Native Foods Café? I love the Scorpion burger (extra chipotle sauce) and seasoned fries with a Watermelon juice.. or the Greek Gyro bowl (tough call)
What is your favorite dessert? Peanut butter parfait
What are your favorite bands? the Beatles, the Beach Boys, the Damned, the Clash, the Jam, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Killing Joke, Wire, Gang of Four, Bauhaus, Bjork, Pixies...
What was your first concert ever? Not counting Buddy Rich (my dad took me) it was the Kinks on their Low Budget tour in 1979
When did Face to Face form? 1991...20 years ago this year!
What is you most memorable moment playing in Face to Face throughout the years? The time Milo from the Descendents sang Bikage with us comes to mind... or when we played with The Reverend Peyton and his Big Damn Band.... or when Andrew W.K. joined us for a version of Bill of Goods... i guess i remember having fun with our guest friends because it breaks things up a bit....
What is Face to Face up to these days? We have a new cd "Laugh Now, Laugh Later" coming out May 17th, right around when we'll be on a headline tour of the US (and Canada) with Strung Out and the Darlings.
What do you do in your free time? I play music in one of many other projects such as Viva Death or Saucer X which i do for enjoyment although i wont complain when they're raking in billions...(laughs) that or reading books...
Click play below and get ready to melt your mind.... or just hear a really good song...HA! Thanks Scott!