Entries tagged with: The Front Bottoms
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms at BV-SXSW 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Say Anything is another of the 2000s bands that were almost entirely ignored by indie music critics, though I still maintain that if 2004's ...Is a Real Boy and all of the earlier material leading up to it (that they reissued as All My Friends Are Enemies: Early Rarities last year) had come out during the #emorevival, it'd be treated far more nicely. Max Bemis & co. just announced that they'll release a new album, Hebrews, via Equal Vision this year (6/10), but Say Anything haven't ever really put out a great followup to ...Is a Real Boy, so #emorevival or not, their time to shine just might be behind them.
To further the Say Anything/#emorevival discussion, the band has just announced a tour which features support from The Front Bottoms, The So So Glos, and You Blew It!, three bands that have definitely crossed over to indie rock fans/critics lately, and who we are definitely currently fans of. Not to mention none of these bands are wildly different from Say Anything. (Okay, well The So So Glos don't fall under the "emo" umbrella, but they're at least "pop punk" and did just open for Brand New and now this, so...)
The tour hits NYC on June 28 at Best Buy Theater and also includes nearby stops in Philly, NJ, Connecticut and upstate NY. Tickets for the NYC show go on sale Thursday, April 3 at noon. All dates are listed, with some streams/videos, below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Against Me! / Touche Amore / The Front Bottoms
SXSW is currently underway, and while we still have three day parties and a metal showcase ahead of us, we kicked off our BrooklynVegan events with our official showcase at Red 7 last night (3/12). Unfortunately, we did have to keep the capacity lower than usual after the previous night's over-sold Chance the Rapper show was shut down by the fire marshal. That kept a lot of people waiting on the line outside, but we hope everyone who did get in had as great of a time as we did.
The eccentric and funny Harvey Sid Fisher kicked off the show, which was otherwise an all punk lineup. He could have been hilariously out of place, but he didn't act like it at all and the portion of the crowd who was there seemed entertained (at least we were!), even if they were a little confused. And once Harvey's band joined him to perform his Astrology Songs, they kind of sounded like a band you could have once heard at CBGB. After Harvey, the show kicked into punk mode with sets from Placeholder, Frameworks, Cheap Girls, The Front Bottoms, Touche Amore and Against Me!.
Placeholder, who toured down to Austin from Philly, kept saying on stage how crazy it was to be playing a larger venue than the DIY spots they frequent (something they also talked about in our interview with them), but they didn't sound like a basement band at all. Sounding way more aggressive on stage than on record, they were crunchy, loud, and solid performers that we hope to see on bigger stages again in the future.
After them it was Gainesville screamo kids Frameworks, who are also relatively new (their debut album comes out soon), but we also thought sounded very tight. Their post-rock style build-ups, interludes between songs, and harshly screamed vocals made for a pretty intense set ahead of the two head bopping/singalong bands to come. The first of those, Cheap Girls (who also have a new album on the way), brought us right back to the '90s with their power pop bashers that wouldn't have felt out of place on KROQ. It wasn't lighthearted stuff though. Like Placeholder, they kicked the aggression up a notch with a punk kick and sneering nasally vocals.
Speaking of nasally vocals, The Front Bottoms followed with what we thought was one of the most flat-out fun sets of the night. Maybe it wasn't crazy as a headlining Front Bottoms show, but they're still the kind of band to induce word-for-word shout-alongs from the crowd no matter where they are, and they did just that. It was a total blast in the crowd and the guys seemed like they were in great spirits on stage too.
And speaking of shout-alongs, they didn't stop at all for Touche Amore's set next which had mini mosh pits and the crowd yelling with Jeremy Bolm whenever he ditched his mic. Because of the reduced capacity in the venue, you could navigate the crowd more than at a regular Touche Amore show, but that didn't phase the band or any of the smiling faces in the front rows. Before they made it to Austin, we caught the band in NYC, and as always it was a treat to see them again.
The show wrapped up with a set from the reinvigorated Against Me!, who are back this year with a new lineup, a new album, and sounding great as ever. The new songs fit right in with the older ones, and I didn't realize until last night how many words I knew to the new record. Like with Touche Amore, there was a ton of energy from the crowd up in front, and everyone including the band looked like they were having a ton of fun. We know we were, and if you were there we hope you did too.
In sadder news, our show last night was only a few blocks from the tragedy that struck SXSW, a drunk driving suspect that killed two and injured 23 outside of The Mohawk. Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of the victims, and we hope anyone who was out last night got home safely.
More pictures from our SXSW showcase below...
The Front Bottoms last released Talon of the Hawk in 2013. This coming week, they'll come to Austin for SXSW where one of their shows is the official BrooklynVegan showcase on Wednesday night after playing the Run For Cover/Brixton Agency day party the same day (flyers below).
TFB have also shared a cover of "Burn Harvard Burn" by Bar/None president Glenn Morrow (The Individuals, a) which will appear on the soundtrack of upcoming film HairBrained. Listen below.
Meanwhile, we cornered the band and asked them 5 QUESTIONS:
1) What is your favorite venue to play in the country and why?
FB: One of our favorite venues to play in the states is Firehouse Pizza in Normal, IL. The main reason is because Zak is a god of a man. He knows how to take care of a band and is super generous.
photos by Lance Nelson, words by Andrew Sacher
Michigan rockers Cheap Girls are set to release their fourth album, Famous Graves on May 13 (pre-order). It's their first for Xtra Mile Recordings after leaving Rise Records, and sees them back with longtime producer/engineer Rick Johnson after 2012's Laura Jane Grace-produced Giant Orange. The band's sound hasn't changed much, still enamored with the alt-rock and power pop sounds of the '90s, but they continue to hone their songwriting, resulting in some of their best material yet.
Cheap Girls are touring with Against Me! soon, and as discussed, both of those bands will come to Austin for SXSW where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 12 with Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Frameworks, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors).
Ahead of the tour, I spoke to bassist/vocalist Ian Graham via IM about the new record, their new label, their favorite NYC shows they've played, their relationship with Against Me! and more. We've also got a set of pictures of the band from the Famous Graves recording sessions in this post. More of those pictures, the interview, list of tour dates, and more, below...
photos by Jeremy Silveira, words by Andrew Sacher
Gainesville screamers Frameworks recently inked a deal with Topshelf Records, who will release their debut LP, Loom, on April 29. The material on their excellent EPs had them set up to be one of the better newcomers in the modern screamo scene of bands like Touche Amore and Pianos Become the Teeth, but on the full length, the band is beginning to distance themselves from that. The album's title track, which you can stream below, brings in elements of major key indie rock and afrobeat punk that may be one of the closer things to a middle ground between the Talking Heads and Pg.99.
As discussed, the band will be heading to Austin for SXSW, where they'll play the BrooklynVegan showcase at Red 7 Patio on Wednesday, March 13 with Against Me!, Touche Amore, The Front Bottoms, Cheap Girls, Placeholder and special guest opener Harvey Sid Fisher (7 PM doors.)
After SXSW, the band will head out on a tour with NJ emo band Gates which hits NYC on April 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketfly for updates. All tour dates are listed below.
Ahead of all this, we hit up guitarist Andrew and singer Luke on IM to discuss the new album, the Gainesville punk scene, and Luke's disapproval of Andrew's love for John Mayer. We've also got some pictures of them recording Loom with Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) in his San Francisco studio. More of those pics, the interview, list of dates, and new song stream, below...
Against Me! / flyer / Touche Amore
The 2014 BrooklynVegan official nighttime SXSW showcase will take place on Wednesday, March 12 at Red 7 Patio (611 E. 7th St. in Austin, TX). SXSW badges are welcome, and we'll also have some general admission tickets for sale at the door (come early!).
For this year, we kept things on the punky side with a 1 AM headlining set from the reinvigorated punk vets Against Me! who are back with a new lineup and album this year. However, it starts rather un-punk (or maybe the most punk?) with a 7:30 PM opening very special guest set from occasional actor and cult singer Harvey Sid Fisher, who is probably best known for his album Astrology Songs in which he performs songs about the 12 signs of the Zodiac. He'll be performing all twelve! The album came out on Gregg Turkington aka Neil Hamburger's Amarillo Records, which also makes Harvey labelmates with Anton LaVey. Don't be late!
After him, the distortion pedals get turned on for Lancaster, PA fuzz rockers Placeholder, followed by Gainesville post-hardcore newcomers Frameworks (whose debut LP is due out on Topshelf this year), then '90s alt-rock radio lovers Cheap Girls (who just announced a new album), NJ's wordy folk punks The Front Bottoms, and finally post-hardcore rippers Touche Amore taking the stage at midnight right before Against Me!. That's the flyer above.
The Red 7 show is one of a few BrooklynVegan events at SXSW this year. Our metal blog Invisible Oranges will be announcing a metal showcase soon. We also have three day parties at Red 7 (3/13-15, lineups coming soon), and a BrooklynVegan/BV Austin-curated portion of the Flatstock stage on 3/15 with Austin artists Mother Falcon, S U R V I V E, and Bronze Whale.
Hope to see you there!
by Bill Pearis and Andrew Sacher
still from Kevin Drew's "Good Sex" video
It's been a while since we've done one of our video roundups, but there were just too many good videos this week to pass up the opportunity. (Plus, in honor of Valentine's Day, there's some v-day-themed ones worked in here.) We already posted a bunch this week, like Little Dragon, Thurston Moore, Metronomy, The Notwist, Thundercat, OFF!, Marissa Nadler, Arctic Monkeys covering The Beatles, Mission of Burma covering The Beatles, Polica, DTCV, La Femme, The Marked Men's return to NYC, and more, yet there were still plenty of cool ones we didn't get to. Check out recent videos from Kevin Drew, The National, Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht, Phantogram, La Dispute, The Front Bottoms, Guided by Voices, Blouse, Chelsea Wolfe, S. Carey, Death Grips, Quilt, Shellshag and Twin Shadow & Samantha Urbani covering The Smiths, below.
Montreal punk festival Pouzza Fest is returning to multiple venues in downtown Montreal from May 16-18 to this year. The lineup includes The Hold Steady (who play NYC tonight [2/6]), Dillinger Four, Chixdiggit, The Lillingtons, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Placeholder, Reagan Youth, The Holy Mess, The So So Glos, Gates, Night Birds, SNFU, Tim Barry, Amanda X, Russ Rankin (of Good Riddance), and many more. 3-day passes are on sale now. Full lineup and flyer below.
The Lillingtons (whose members since formed Teenage Bottlerocket and Stabbed In Back) were initially active during the '90s, associated with other Ramones-inspired bands like The Queers and Screeching Weasel. They briefly reunited for a new album in 2006, and finally hit the stage together again at Riot Fest Chicago in 2013. They've also got two Northeast dates before Pouzza Fest, including one in NYC on May 16 at Knitting Factory with related band Stabbed In Back. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (2/7) at 10 AM.
Speaking of, The Queers will be in NYC soon too. All dates are listed, with some streams and the Pouzza lineup, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms @ Shea Stadium - 12/28/13 (via Terrence Meade)
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...
The 2014 SXSW Festival is coming up soon -- March 11 - 16 in Austin, Texas -- and they've just announced the third round of showcasing bands which is a massive update. That includes Mary Timony's Ex Hex (who we just speculated about), Dum Dum Girls, Natural Child, Ratking, Buffalo Daughter, Action Bronson, Perfect Pussy, Nothing, Windhand, Angel Olsen, Sharon Van Etten, Vic Mensa, Deniro Farrar, Roosevelt, Pure Bathing Culture and a whole lot more. Full list of third round bands is listed below.
intro by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
The Front Bottoms' Talon of the Hawk (out now on Bar/None) was one of the more fun records of the year, mixing folk punk and indie pop in a way that was pretty easy to get stuck in your head. We asked them for their top albums of 2013, and drummer Mat Uychich sent a list that pretty much sounds like what you'd imagine they listen to. It also includes both 2013 albums by Kevin Devine (whose band Bad Books the Front Bottoms opened for in July) and the newest from Tiny Moving Parts (who open the Front Bottoms' upcoming show at Shea). You can check out the full list below.
The Front Bottoms also have other upcoming dates, including another sold-out NYC show a day earlier at Bowery Ballroom (12/27), and a tour with You Blew It! that hits Long Island on January 30 at 89 North (tickets).
All of their dates are listed, along with a video and the top 10 list, below...
Smif n Wessun are playing Mercury Lounge on December 2. Tickets to that show go on AmEx presale today at noon, with a general on-sale starting Friday (11/08) at noon.
Dropkick Murphys and Lucero are going on a St. Patrick's Day tour that hits NJ on March 10 at Starland Ballroom and Long Island on March 11 at The Paramount. Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday (11/8) and there's a venue presale for the Paramount show starting Thursday (11/7) at 10 AM. No NYC date on this tour at the moment, but Lucero will be in NYC this Friday (11/8) at Terminal 5 for a show with Titus Andronicus and The Menzingers. Tickets to that show are still available, and we're also giving away a pair.
The Front Bottoms' upcoming BV-presented show in NYC is sold out, but they just announced a tour with You Blew It! that comes to the area for a Long Island show on January 30 at 89 North. Tickets for that entire tour, including the LI show, are on sale now.
Escort and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound are playing The Bell House on November 23. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Browse our 'Tickets On Sale' tag for more recently announced NYC shows.
The Front Bottoms have an upcoming tour which already includes sold out shows happening in NYC on 11/13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg with Manchester Orchestra and O'Brother, and on 12/27 at Bowery Ballroom with HfmO: A Hall and Oates Tribute and The Bynars.
Now, we at BrooklynVegan are proud to announce that we're teaming up with PopGun to present a holiday show that The Front Bottoms will headline in NYC. It happens at the intimate Shea Stadium on December 28, a day after their bigger show at Bowery Ballroom. The very funny Chris Gethard (who also hosted our Bouncing Souls show) is on the bill, in addition to Minnesota mathy post-hardcore trio Tiny Moving Parts. Tickets for the show go on sale today (10/23) at 10 AM.
The Front Bottoms' newest album, Talon of the Hawk, came out earlier this year via Bar None. It's a fun, catchy, and very lyrical album that's folky, poppy, and punky without really being folk, pop or punk. If you haven't heard it you can stream it in full, along with the updated list of tour dates, below...
The Front Bottoms at Made In America 2013 (via Ryan Soroka)
Folky NJ pop punks The Front Bottoms were just in Philly over the weekend for Made In America and played a hometown show at The Stone Pony right before that. They're set to tour as an opener for Manchester Orchestra this fall, which brings them to NYC on November 13 for a sold-out show at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and they've now finally added a headlining NYC date to their schedule. They'll play Bowery Ballroom on December 27 with The Bynars. Tickets for that show go on sale today (9/4) at noon.
Updated dates are listed, along with some videos of the band at Made In America, below...
Cloud Nothings at BV-SXSW 2013 (more by Sarah Frankie Linder)
As discussed, the Jay Z-curated Budweiser Made In America Festival is returning this weekend to Philly's Benjamin Franklin Parkway (8/31-9/1), and the mostly pop/rap/R&B festival just got a little more, um... punk. Aside from the fact that it already included The Gaslight Anthem (who are pretty much a festival regular by now anyway), the lineup now includes Cloud Nothings, Restorations, Balance & Composure, The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, PUJOL, and more. And you thought it was weird when Jay Z saw Grizzly Bear.
UPDATE: And one more: Wavves was added to the TBA slot on Sunday.
Other non-punk additions that have happened since we last spoke include Rudimental and The Underachievers. The full schedule was also recently announced, and you can check that out below.
Many of the artists playing Made In America also have NYC or NJ shows this weekend (or soon after), including The Front Bottoms, Diarrhea Planet, Rudimental, The Underachievers, Kendrick, Ab Soul & Jay Rock, AlunaGeorge, Haim, and 2 Chainz.
Made In America schedule below...
The Front Bottoms on NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series
NJ folky pop punks The Front Bottoms have seemingly not left the road since the release of their catchy, lyrical new album Talon of the Hawk, and they've just announced another set of US dates for this fall. They'll be opening for Manchester Orchestra on the tour, and it hits Brooklyn on November 13 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday, August 29 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Monday (8/26) at 10 AM.
The Front Bottoms also play a headlining hometown show this month at The Stone Pony on August 30 (tickets).
The band just filmed a Tiny Desk Concert for NPR, which you can watch, along with the list of all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
DOWNLOAD: The Front Bottoms - "Skeleton" (MP3)
The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
As mentioned, New Jersey's The Front Bottoms are releasing their new nasally folk punk record, Talon of the Hawk, on May 21 via Bar None Records. You've already heard the first single, "Twin Size Mattress," and the duo are now unleashing another track from the album, "Skeleton." This song's one of the more power pop cuts from the album, and like the last single, it's biggest strengths are in the conversational lyrics. "I got so stoned, I fell asleep in the front seat. I never sleep in the front seat -- I'm too tall, but I got so stoned," Brian Sella sings in the song's pre-chorus. It sounds more like a next-morning story than a summer anthem, but effectively works as both. You can download that track above, or stream it below.
As discussed, the band will be supporting the new album on a tour which hits the NYC area for a now-sold-out show on June 1 at Maxwell's. Since we last spoke, the band added another date happening at the same venue a day earlier (5/31), but that one is sold out too. They also open for Bad Books at Webster Hall on July 12, and you can still get tickets to that one.
Updated dates are listed, along with the new song stream, below...
by Andrew Sacher
The Front Bottoms at Mercury Lounge in 2011 (more by Chris La Putt)
New Jersey folk punk band The Front Bottoms released their self titled debut LP back in 2011 and they're set to release its followup, The Talon of the Hawk, on May 21 via Bar None Records. On the album's first single, "Twin Size Mattress," you'll hear traces of John K. Samson, Hutch Harris, and John Darnielle in frontman Brian Sella's nasally wordy delivery, which of course doesn't make them the most groundbreaking band, but the familiarity is also exciting. And like those singers, Brian's lyrics make for some pretty good facebook statuses and things to drunkenly yell along with your friends at parties, like "I begged you to stay, you said 'Hey man I love you, but NO FUCKIN' WAY!'" Check out the video for that song below.
The band will be supporting the new album with a US tour that kicks off in their home state on June 1 at Maxwell's with support from Weatherbox. Tickets for that show go on sale Thursday (4/4) at noon. After making their way around the country, they'll return to the NYC area for a show on July 12 at Webster Hall opening for Bad Books (the project of Andy Hull and Kevin Devine, who have covered The Front Bottoms). Tickets for the Webster Hall show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with the new video, below...
Hoboken Arts & Music FestivalFull 3-stage music schedule below...
Sunday, May 6, 2012
11am to 6pm
takes place on Washington St. between Observer Highway to 7th St.
Over 300 Artists, Crafters, Photographers, Sculptors, Local Businesses, Restaurants, Food Vendors, local non-profits & more
Rain or shine - Admission is Free
The Fest is back for round 11 (!) adding bands from across the spectrum of punk rock for the multi-day Gainesville, Florida extravaganza. The Fest announced its initial lineup earlier this month but has doubled that number, bringing the total tally to a whopping 217, and there are more to go! The lineup includes Lagwagon, Naked Raygun, Baroness, Red Fang, Off with Their Heads, Torche, Valient Thorr, 7 Seconds, F.Y.P., Braid, Titus Andronicus, Toys That Kill, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Frank Turner and many more (see below). Tickets are now on sale (and sold out quick last year).
Full lineup is below, expect to see some surprises at The Fest as well; Sleepytime Trio reunited there last year.
photos by Chris La Putt
Princeton played mostly new songs at Mercury Lounge last night (2/24), their first of three NYC shows this weekend. Before the show they had a very non-vegan meal next door at Katz's Deli with Chris La Putt who photographed them there and at the show. All of those pictures, including one of their setlist, are in this post.
NJ's The Front Bottoms, who had to cut their set a bit short due to a broken guitar string, opened the gig. You can also catch them Saturday night in Manville with Titus Andronicus and at other upcoming NJ shows which are listed at their MySpace.
Porcelain Raft (and Aislyn) played the late show in the same venue last night. Chris didn't stay for it though, so maybe he'll catch 'em tonight (2/25) at Glasslands.
Princeton's next shows are at Cameo tonight (2/25) and at Union Hall on Saturday (2/26), both with Bell and Erika Spring of Au Revoir Simone. Takka Takka also plays the show tonight. More pictures and a video from Mercury Lounge (and of pastrami...), below...