by Marie Scarsella, edited by Erik van Rheenen
The Front Bottoms didn’t start out as a serious band. Their first songs were recorded in one take, not mixed or mastered, and immediately thrown on the Internet. They’re also named after vaginas. But that doesn’t mean their early songs weren’t top notch, and that they didn’t evolve into something that’s a bit more serious. With their latest release, Rose, that progression is evident, and its turned those old, unmastered tracks into something totally new without losing their personality.
“Flying Model Rockets” opens the EP, and it has a little more punch than its original version. It’s slightly faster, slightly more jangly, and slightly more powerful in its new form. “Lipstick Covered Magnet” follows suit, incorporating a faster pace and cleaner gang vocals. The incorporation of the cleaner chanting adds an entirely new facet to the already multidimensional song. While it was always a strong track for the band, this version makes it hit just that much harder.
“Awkward Conversation” is the EPs rawest track, however, it is not raw in the sense that it is gritty or poorly recorded. Instead, it’s raw emotionally. Singer Brian Sella spills his heart on the acoustic track, and despite its simplicity, the track’s intensity builds with each strum.
More and more albums seem to be coming out every year that we love here at PropertyOfZack, which is why we thought it would be a great idea to post a Midway Albums Of The Year List today on the site. The list includes our top ten albums and EPs through this point in the year voted on by POZ team members. So without further adieu, the PropertyOfZack Midway Albums Of The Year List can be seen below!
The Front Bottoms are out on the Hebrews Tour. Check out their set list from the tour below after the jump.
PropertyOfZack is continuing a new string of Playlist features from individual team members to highlight specific feelings or desires. Next up is titled Let’s Take Me Home To California by Deanna Chapman.
I gave the east coast a try and quickly realized it was not the place for me. Don’t get me wrong, New York is great and all. I’m just one of those people who needs more open space and while I’ve been on the east coast I’ve definitely missed that and I’ve missed driving. Also, don’t even get me started on how much I miss being able to have In-N-Out whenever I please.