-Interview- Two Piece Face (5/22/23)

Two Piece Face talks about their dynamic live show, dealing with the pandemic and much more.


From: Oregon
Sounds like: Rock/Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Two Piece Face" and is there any meaning behind it?

(Mo)I was (bass) in the band Dryseason from 2008 to 2014, we experienced a fair amount of popularity in Southern Oregon, including some major shows and a record deal. I helped write a lot of the material, so 2PF is basically an extension of that sound. Fred is a guitar player, I am a bass player, so this band is us doing things we aren’t used to. Mason was born in 06 and he grew up around that sound and music. We bought him a baby drumset for his first birthday and he has been at it ever since. I started playing music with Fred at church in the mid 2000’s and he and I have been a part of each other’s projects throughout the years. We decided to do this band after covid subsided. The name Two Piece Face came from where I work, it is a term in plywood. Each sheet has a face, back and center component and can be one or two pieces. I thought Two Piece Face had a better sound than Two Piece Center or Two Piece Back….plus there are no other bands out there with the name, and getting a unique band name can be a struggle.

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

The main person I hope to influence is Mason, this is his first band and I am trying to show him the ropes as best I can. As a group, we try to put on a dynamic live show. There are times where we go full blast, but there are also slow, melodic and quiet parts too. I try to write riffs that sound good (duh) but also give Mason things to play off of that will interest him. Our lyrics mostly come from my experiences and whatever sounds clever in my head. Some of my lyrics have deep personal meaning, some of them are just random things my brain generates.

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

I’m not sure I can even describe it to myself, haha. We are constantly growing and our sound is evolving. We have heavy guitars and drums, melodic vocals that are sometimes aggressive and sometimes not. Having a catchy hook is important to me, even if you don’t necessarily like a band, sometimes their song can get stuck in your head against your will, and I think it’s hilarious that humans are wired that way.

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

I know all three of us would have a completely different answer to this. My answer would be Saint Asonia, 36 Crazyfists, Gojira. Mason love Slipknot and any project Tommy Vext is a part of. Fred would probably say Black Sabbath.

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

Covid wiped out all ages venues in our area. Since Mason is 17, we struggle to find shows around here. A lot of people that we see at our shows say “I haven’t been to a show in ages” and it seems like people don’t go out as much. Not sure if that is a post-covid thing or not.

6. What’s your take on the current state of Rock/Metal?

I exited the music scene around 2014. Social media was a thing, but not the driving force that it is now. I am having to learn to navigate that. It seems like gear has changed too, a lot of bands use in ear monitors, click tracks, backing tracks, amp modeling and computers instead of … everything I’m used to, which is none of that. I guess that applies to music in general, not just rock/metal.

7. What's the current music scene like there in Oregon?

It’s pretty dead. We lack venues, especially all ages ones. There aren’t a ton of bands in our areas either, so I want to trade shows with bands but am having a difficult time finding any. The last show we did was with a punk band and a psychedelic band. It was cool and we all had fun, but our styles were completely different. Mason had a difficult time finding kids his age that play music, so that was part of my motivation to start this band.

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

I don’t use streaming services, I still have CDs in my truck. I didn’t even have a smart phone until recently so feel free to call me a caveman. I don’t know how to answer this, but if I know anything about the music industry, it’s that the artist doesn’t get paid enough. Selling a single t-shirt at your show will generate more revenue than thousands of streams, so I always gravitate towards merch.

9. What's next for Two Piece Face?

We are working on recording and booking. So, as much of that as possible….plus learning social media and marketing that way. We have a music video planned as well.

10. Any shoutouts?

Jason Cake has been instrumental in helping us record, and he has mentored Mason in the ways of drums for a very long time. Joe from Middle Rogue Audio and the Haul have been booking us locally. Nik and JP from Dadcast had us on their podcast recently.