Not In The Face started as a joke. Two friends in Austin, Texas thought it would be funny to start a cover band playing hyperactive renditions of classic R&B, Doo-Wop, and Rock ‘n’ Roll songs. The joke ended when their rock experiment was an unexpected hit. The Houston Press described the group as "Queens of the Stone Age mated with The Temptations."
The original twosome: (singer/guitarist) Jonathan Terrell and (drummer) Wes Cargal, formed the group in 2009. The band’s word-of-mouth reputation earned them a showcase in the SXSW Music Conference, major market U.S. tours and supporting slots with bands like ZZ Top, Guitar Wolf, Black Lips, and David Allen Coe. They released their first LP “Bikini” in 2011 to regional acclaim. KUT radio ranked the record in their Top Ten Albums of 2011.
In 2012, Not In The Face released the 4-song “Walk” EP, which saw the band cranking up the volume even further. The band added firebrand lead guitarist Michael Anthony Gibson the same year. They earned spots in the Fun Fun Fun Festival and national tours with legendary punks X and the Reverend Horton Heat.
In June 2013, the band traveled to Vancouver to work with legendary executive producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss) and producer Garth "GGGarth" Richardson (Rage Against The Machine, The Jesus Lizard, The Melvins, Biffy Clyro). Soon after, the band added bassist/vocalist Ross Dubois to cement their low end. Not In The Face is a force of nature on stage and equally explosive on their new record, which will be available exclusively at ACL in the Waterloo merchandise tent prior to its full release in 2014