01.13.16 - "Another cold January in Chicago..."
We've busy rehearsing for a show at Reggie's in Chicago on Wednesday, January 27, 2016. We'll be opening the show promptly at 8 pm, so please aim to arrive at the venue early so that you don't miss our performance (psst... come closer... closer... okay, that's close enough... psst... we're going to play a brand new song!!!). We'll be sharing the stage with Lever, Civil Youth, and TheyCallMeBiz. We hope to see you there! For more details, Click Here.
In case you couldn't tell from the graphic above (and below), I'm excited for Street Fighter V, which is coming out in February. Almost there...
01.01.16 - HADOUKEN!!!!!!
I mean... "Happy New Year!!!" ;)
We're playing a show at Reggie's at the end of the month! Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
2015 was an awesome year for us. We played our first anime convention, we were mentioned in The Daily Herald (one of Chicago's most prominent publications), and we met some of our heroes, among other things. In 2016, we hope to release an acoustic EP! It will consist of acoustic versions of existing songs, completely re-imagined tracks, maybe a cover or two, and a completely brand new song!!! We performed a bit of the new song at our most recent show and the crowd loved it! Please look forward to it. :)
Join us for one last look back on 2015 with the collage below. Thank you to everyone who made it such an amazing year! Here's to 2016!!!
12.VIII.15 - Merry Happy!!!
Err... Happy Holidays!!!
We've recently confirmed a show at Reggie's! Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 27, 2016.
It's that time of the year again... 'tis the season to listen to "(Burning) Under the Mistletoe," our cover medley which features Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" and a dual guitar solo of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." Click Here.
I recently wrote a review of the movie The Anthem of the Heart for Anime Chicago! Two of the film's themes center on breaking out of your shell and using music as a form of communication. As a songwriter/performer who suffers from a bit of social anxiety (don't we all?), this movie really hit close to home. Please read what I had to say about it here.
10.31.15 - Happy Halloween!!!
If you haven't seen FaceCast Episode 15: Steam Powered Ballad, watch it below! :)
For a small gallery of photos from the filming of the video, Click Here.
In other news, check out this article I contributed to Anime Chicago! Summer of Scandal (part 1).
10.06.15 - "What We All Need Is A..."
Steam Powered Ballad? It's that time of the year again! Here's an acoustic cover medley video: https://youtu.be/9tL03z7COKQ
07.21.15 - "You can't see California without Marlon Brando's eyes..."
We were recently back in Southern California for a cousin's wedding when THIS happened...
That's us with Corey Taylor of Slipknot (center) and Randy Blythe of Lamb of God (left). WHAT?!?! A joint signing was held at a small bookstore in West Hollywood. We didn't even know of this until an hour before the event. Some plans fell through, I caught a tweet about the signing, and before you knew it, we were posing for photos with 2 of our heroes. Meeting Corey and Randy was so surreal. They both loved James' Macho Man shirt! Corey did the patented Macho Man finger spin and let out an "oooh yeeeeeah!!!!" as Randy chuckled. I'm sure that I was a blithering idiot during the signing, but hey, we got to meet 2 of our idols in one fell swoop!
The first concert I ever went to was at The House of Blues in Chicago when Lamb of God were on tour with Mushroomhead. Corey has been a constant vocal and lyrical inspiration. If you listen to our songs closely, you just might hear it. Oh, and remember this ? ;)
Special thanks to the staff of Book Soup for taking the photo! -Brian
07.06.15 - "Ignite my circuits and start a flame..."
WOW. Where do I begin? Anime Midwest was AMAZING! Special thanks to Ryan and Molly for squeezing us on to a slot on the mini stage this year. Thank you to the accommodating and helpful staff. And of course, THANK YOU to everyone who caught our set! We work hard to make sure that you walk away from a Face Time Police show smiling from ear to ear. We'd like to put together a photo gallery or collage of this event, so, whether you took photos of us while we were performing or while we were walking around the convention, please share your pics (or videos) with us on Facebook or Twitter.
We'll post more afterthoughts soon, but in the meantime, here's a photo of the opening band (us!) with the headliners, Steam Powered Giraffe. We're big fans of SPG, so it's quite an honor to be on the same bill. :)
Photo by GeekShot Photography.
07.02.15 - Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Stay hyped! :)
Also, read Geek Girl Chicago's interview with me (Brian) here:
Lauren asked some GREAT questions! This has to be our most revealing interview yet!
Face Time Police at Anime Midwest
We hope to see you at Anime Midwest! We have something special for those of you who are able to catch our set! We'll probably post pictures on Twitter or Facebook soon with more info about this, so check often! ;)
06.15.15 - "Start with me and the world will be even bigger than ever before..."
We're getting closer to our performance at Anime Midwest! Here's teaser #2!
Face Time Police at Anime Midwest
The song in the video is an acoustic rendition of "Shissou" from the anime series "Ouran High School Host Club."
What's next? We're working on something special for those of you who are planning on catching our set. Is it anime related? Of course it is! Stay tuned...
06.02.15 - Follow us...
It's happening! We're performing at Anime Midwest this year! Please watch the teaser/announcement below:
Face Time Police at Anime Midwest
The song in the video is our rendition of "Follow Me" from the anime series "Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad."
05.23.15 - SCANDALOUS!
Last weekend, I attended Anime Central. ACEN was a stop on Scandal's "Hello World" world tour. I've been a fan of theirs for a few years now, so it was awesome to finally see them live... and get a CD signed... and take a photo with them... yeah, I was freaking out!!!
On the topic of anime conventions... we have been confirmed for the "mini-stage" at this year's Anime Midwest! We will be playing on Friday, July 3, at 3 pm. It's our first anime convention gig, so I'm quite anxious to play at Anime Midwest. James and I will be unveiling a special acoustic set that we've been working on for the past couple of months!!! More details to come... :)
04.05.15 - Happy Easter!!!
02.17.15 - "And it beats too fast for her pace..."
We'd like to bring you into our world a bit more by giving you a glimpse of what interests us in addition to our music. This Sunday, on 2/22, we're going to live tweet the WWE event, Fastlane. Feel free to tweet along with us. Are you going to boo Daniel Bryan? Rally behind Roman Reigns? Let us know!
Also, I've been pretty active on my Twitch channel, so please check it out. Last week, I streamed the new game "Evolve." It's really unconventional and interesting. The concept is simple... each match consists of 4 hunters vs. 1 monster. You can either select to be one of the hunters or be the monster! How awesome is that?! If you're even the slightest bit familiar with FTP, you know which side I'm picking. Hint: "bold enough to be the..." ;)
Watch my streams live at: http://www.twitch.tv/Brian_FTP
Check my profile for my streaming schedule. If you can't tune in live, you can also check out the Past Broadcasts or the Highlights sections. Here's a highlight from Evolve (umm... release the Kraken!): http://www.twitch.tv/brian_ftp/c/6107514
02.14.15 - "My heart is too sweet for her taste..."
Happy Valentine's Day! If you like us, then we love you!
01.25.15 - Let's Get Ready to Rumblllllllllllle!
We love pro wrestling and video games, so in honor of the Royal Rumble, James and I will be live streaming a WWE 2K15 Royal Rumble match today at 3 pm (Central Standard Time).
I will be using our custom wrestler, undead luchador “Murphy You Are A Elf” (it’s an obscure reference from The Simpsons) and James will be using Sami Zayn. If our characters get eliminated, we’ll continue to play as the other random Rumble contestants until the match ends.
Watch it live at: http://www.twitch.tv/Brian_FTP
I plan to stream more games, so please keep an eye out for updates and new content on my Twitch channel. I streamed the new Final Fantasy XIV updates all week, and I can't wait to get into Final Fantasy Type-0 (and hopefully the Final Fantasy XV demo) in March. In case you couldn't tell, I love Final Fantasy. :) -Brian
01.01.15 - Happy Something or Other!
2014 was quite an eventful year full of ups and downs for us! During the first half of the year, it felt like nothing was going our way. I started off the year with a severely sprained wrist which left me out of commission for a few months. James' mystery vocal ailment also reared its ugly head once again. There's nothing scarier and more frustrating than these stupid, random occurrences that threaten our art and our music. Whatever. We fight. We adapt. We do what we have to do in order to keep moving forward. It's going to take much more than a weak wrist and hoarseness to stop us. :)
In 2014, we finished our music video double feature for "Runnersmile" and "Of Man and Monster!" Each song and video focuses on a different aspect of our art. "Of Man and Monster" captures the energy of our live show and our rock/punk/metal influences while "Runnersmile" showcases our more adventurous pop or alternative hip-hop side. We also managed to find time to arrange and film an acoustic cover medley of Knotfest bands which caught the attention of Revolver magazine! Variety and diversity. That's what it's all about.
Outside of our band, I also got back into concert photography! Please check out this gallery specifically since it's the first that James and I shot together. Anyway, here's to 2015! We have quite the list of what we want to accomplish this year, so stay tuned. Thank you so much for giving a damn about this little band of brothers. Cheers! -Brian
12.15.14 - 'Tis The Season...
We call this cover medley "(Burning) Under The Mistletoe." It features our take on Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" and Irving Berlin's "White Christmas." Please share it with anyone who isn't a Grinch. :)
10.XIII.14 - Bare Bones Exposed...
This year, we're making the metal pilgrimage to Knotfest. In celebration of the trip (and this year's line-up), we've prepared this special acoustic cover medley which features interpretations of songs from various artists on the bill. How many artists/songs can you identify?
9.19.14 - Duality
Today is the big day! Watch our music videos for "Runnersmile" and "Of Man and Monster" below! Please help us spread the word about this double feature. Each song and video shows a different side of Face Time Police. "Runnersmile" showcases our pop/hip-hop side while "Of Man and Monster" is more rock/punk/metal. Enjoy!
Click Here to purchase the album from our official online store.
1. Of Man and Monster - Click Here