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.
Say Anything Announce Tour With The Front Bottoms, You Blew It!
Hit The Deck kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack Staff Writer Zac Lomas is preparing to take the festival by storm. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put make a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in the UK. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at Hit The Deck this weekend as well!
I really shouldn’t need to write anything in order to sway all the Hit The Deck festivalgoers to catch Brand New’s set at this year’s festival. Brand New shows have the propensity to sell out within seconds, so their recently announced string of European and UK festival dates is a godsend to anybody looking to catch the elusive emo rockers without totally breaking the bank. While the recent increase in Brand New sightings gives promise that the Long Island group may actually write new music before we all die (young and save ourselves), one never knows when Jesse Lacey and company will slink back off to hibernation, making their performance at Hit The Deck nothing short of “can’t miss.”
The Front Bottoms
Brian Sella and Mathew Uychich may not have won POZ’s scandal-tinged March Sadness, claiming the coveted Kings of Emo crown, but that’s not to say they aren’t some of the most angst-riddled youngsters on the scene today. This angst serves the duo well and has won them the adoration of fans worldwide; fans who have no reservations about going absolutely nuts over the all-too-honest lyrics of Sella. I think it’s pretty safe to say that few people can create as much chaos with an acoustic guitar as Brian Sella and it would truly be a shame if you didn’t make that a part of your titillating Hit The Deck experience
One can only have so much genre-bending fun before words like progressive-funk-shoegaze- blues seem a bit superfluous, but the amalgam of Nordic prog-metal known as Kvelertak make all of those hyphens seem worth it. With a party ethos that makes pouring out an entire tankard of ale into a drinking-horn seem like the most reasonable thing to do, Kvelertak should have no problem setting off the shindig that is Hit The Deck. However, Kvelertak is not just about imbibing in mass quantities of fermented beverages, but also the intricately laced virtuoso of the guitar trio featuring Vidar Landa, Bjarte Lund Rolland, and Maciek Ofstad, all of whom are certain to dazzle in the live setting.
PropertyOfZack Editor in Chief Erik van Rheenen sat down with Brian from The Front Bottoms a few weeks ago at SXSW. We chatted with Brian about SXSW, the reaction a year later to Talon Of The Hawk, writing new songs and writing on the road, touring for the rest of 2014, and much more. Check out the interview below!
by Erik van Rheenen
Just to get started, can you say your name and what you do in the band?
Sure. My name is Brian, and I play guitar and sing in the Front Bottoms.
So, how’s your South By Southwest Experience been?
So far, it’s been pretty chaotic in the best way possible.
Yeah, you’ve played three showcases already.
The last time we played South By, we had like two shows a day, which was insane. So we decided, let’s pack three shows a day and take a day off. So we have two shows on Friday, we have today off, and we played three shows yesterday. I kind of like that schedule.
Do you switch your setlist up at all to keep yourselves sane?
You’ve got to mix it up. And it’s like, we figured there’d be the same people at some of our shows, so we should give the people what they want, you know? Switch it up a little.
Are you guys planning on playing “Burn Harvard Burn” at all?
That song, we recorded for a friend of ours who was making a movie. And we recorded it, like, two years ago, and then the movie just came out. So it’s just a song we did for a movie. Probably we will never play that live.
I didn’t know that song had been kicking around for that long.
Like I said, it was for a movie, so it really didn’t have anything to do with us. It’s more like we made it and then gave it to the movie, and it’s a long process to put out a movie. They had to get the money for it and stuff, and I think they just got a release date for it, so they put out the soundtrack with it, and we were lucky enough to be on the soundtrack. You know, it’s just a fun little ditty.
Speaking of movies, you guys just released a music video not all that long ago for “Backflip.”
That’s right, yeah.