Posted in music on January 7, 2014

by Andrew Sacher

The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
Front Bottoms

We're still playing catch-up a bit now that the holidays are over, and in light of that, here's a somewhat belated recap of our BrooklynVegan holiday party at Shea Stadium on December 28 with The Front Bottoms, Chris Gethard and Tiny Moving Parts.

Tiny Moving Parts opened the show, and I admittedly was only vaguely familiar with their record going into it, but it was pretty hard not be won over by their great-spirited, intensely delivered mathy post-hardcore. Much of the crowd also seemed unfamiliar, but almost no one looked unimpressed. They were followed by comedian Chris Gethard, who hosted our Bouncing Souls and Foxygen shows earlier in the year, but this time was doing a full set. He began it with the premise that nobody wants comedy at a rock show, and was proceeded by multiple planned "interruptions" from "crowd members" who "thought they could do a better job."

Eventually, Front Bottoms singer Brian Sella walked on stage and asked, "are you sick of this guy yet?" and he was then joined by his band for a super fun headlining set. They had played a sold-out NYC show at the much larger Bowery Ballroom a day earlier, so needless to say this show at the dingy Shea Stadium was PACKED, sweaty, and exactly the kind of way you'd want to see The Front Bottoms. The whole crowd went nuts, moshing, stage diving, and shouting basically every single syllable back at Brian. The guys in Tiny Moving Parts came back on stage to sing one of Front Bottoms' songs with them, they had tons of props like big inflatable creatures in the back of the stage (including a snowman), and Gethard and some other people threw balloons and light sticks into the crowd during the songs. If you came, we hope you had as much fun as we did.

The Front Bottoms are about to hit the road with You Blew It!, and the closest that tour comes to NYC is a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North (tickets). Meanwhile, you can catch You Blew It! in NYC when their tour with Prawn hits Shea Stadium on 2/8 with Crying and Living Room. YBI! are also streaming their new record on Pitchfork.

Check out a video of The Front Bottoms playing "Santa Monica" and a clip of "The Fued" from the Shea show, below...

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The Front Bottoms - "Santa Monica" at Shea Stadium - 12/28/13

The Front Bottoms - "The Fued" at Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (clip)

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Comments (16)

His name is Sella not Fella

Posted by think about it | January 7, 2014 3:20 PM

Does anyone over the age of 15 like the Front Bottoms? Honest question.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 3:21 PM

I like the front bottom, it's the best quadrant!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 3:45 PM

The Front Bottoms ist rad!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 3:59 PM

"His name is Sella not Fella"

Whoooops, that was a typo. Fixed, thanks!

Posted by Andrew Sacher | January 7, 2014 4:12 PM

@3:21 yes. honest answer.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 4:13 PM

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Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 4:18 PM

Was Chris Gethard as uninspired and bland and sad as during the Bouncing Soul show? :'(

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 6:24 PM

Oh wait, go fuck yourself. Honest statemetment.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2014 11:34 PM

I'm sorry but The Front Bottoms don't "rock"

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 12:33 AM

I wish I could write one song that a whole crowd would sing along and mosh too. And I wish I had a band to play the songs with.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 12:44 AM

^ Why stop there? Why not wish for a million dollars and a girlfriend too?

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 8:00 AM

This was probably the most fun show I went to in 2013.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 9:45 AM

I'm sorry, 9:45 - that really, really sucks. Hopefully you'll have a better 2014.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 10:07 AM

I went to a show by this band, they're call The Arctic Monkeys. They were a good band. That was probably my favorite of 2013.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2014 10:11 AM

Yes, January 7, 2014 3:21 PM. You would be surprised.

Posted by Anonymous | January 21, 2014 4:00 PM

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