First Avenue Mainroom will be the place to be on Friday, June 29th. The Front Bottoms will be in town playing a two set show. Set number 1 will be the ‘Rose’ and ‘Ann’ EPS followed by a set of ‘Going Grey’ in it’s entirety plus some oldies that you best believe I will be screaming along to. The Front Bottoms are an indie rock duo from New Jersey whose music is a wildly eclectic blend of pop, rock, and punk influences accompanied by witty lyrics that offer a rapid-fire, slightly surreal perspective on the world around them. The Front Bottoms are vocalist Brian Sella on guitars and vocals and Mathew Uychich on drums and bullhorn. Hailing from Bergen County, New Jersey, Sella and Uychich have been friends since they were ten years old, and started writing songs together when Sella was in sixth grade.
After years of making music on their own, Sella and Uychich decided to take their act to the stage at a high school talent show, where they played an original song as well as a Modest Mouse cover. Sella’s mother hoped to encourage the boys by buying them some time at a local recording studio, where they managed to record 12 songs in just three hours. With enough original songs to play a set, the Front Bottoms were booked to play an all-ages show at a club in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey with a handful of local bands; there they met Casey Lee Morgan, who was running sound that night and recorded music in his home studio.
Morgan began doing sessions with the duo, and in 2008, the Front Bottoms put out a self-released album, I Hate My Friends, and hit the road, making their way up and down the East Coast and playing any makeshift venue that would have them. Another D.I.Y. album, My Grandmother vs. Pneumonia, was released in 2009, and an EP appeared in 2010. Early on in their touring exploits, Brian Uychich (Mathew’s brother) joined the duo on keyboards and vocals, but he left the group in 2011 to pursue his education, and the Front Bottoms returned to a duo.
In 2011, the band signed a deal with respected New Jersey independent label Bar/None Records, and their first album for their new sponsors, simply titled The Front Bottoms, was issued in September 2011. They followed it up with 2013’s Talon of the Hawk, and in 2014, released a six-song EP of previously unreleased fan favorites titled Rose, which is supposedly the first in a series of EPs to be named after the bandmembers’ grandmothers.
In April 2015, they released a split EP called Liberty and Personality with rapper GDP, followed by their third studio album, the Fueled by Ramen-issued Back on Top, in September of that year. Over the next two years, the Front Bottoms continued to raise their profile, playing at Coachella and Austin City Limits as well as touring the U.K. with blink-182 and Frank Turner. In October 2017, they released Going Grey, their second LP for Fueled by Ramen.
Opening up the show will be Kevin Devine by himself. Having seen Kevin with his band multiple times, I’m definitely stoked to see what he does solo. Kevin Devine is an independent singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY. He plays alone, with his Goddamn Band, and as a member of Bad Books.
Tickets are still available here.
Remaining Tour Dates:
June 23 – Denver, CO – Westword Music Showcase
June 24 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
June 26 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
June 27 – Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
June 29 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
July 1 – Morgantown, WV – Mainstage Morgantown