If looks could kill, Face Dancer would be one of the most wanted bands in America. This good-looking, hard-driving rock quintet, which has worn down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway in building a large regional following, recently released a strong debut album on Capitol Records. Wednesday night they showcased their original work at the Bayou, the Georgetown club where they honed their talents off and on for three years.

At its best, Face Dancer's heavy metal methodology is charged with a passion and directness that augurs well for its future. In lead singer Carey Kress, the band has a provocative focal point - when Kress is prancing around the stage, jolted by the power cords of guitarists Jeff Adams and David Utter, one senses an embryonic Arrowsmith or Foreigner. The latter's first professional date was also at the Bayou.

Problems occur with the other vocals and a lack of variety; to Face Dancer, Variety is a trade journal. This is still a young band and with the right push, Face Dancer's name could well be on the lips of America. They will next appear in concert with the Charlie Daniels Band at the Merriweather Post Pavilion on June 21st.