CONCERT REVIEW: Front Bottoms have ‘best night’ of their lives

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First Posted: 7/15/2013

One thing that was definitely on everyone’s mind at the World Cafe Live in Philadelphia on July 11 was that The Front Bottoms are the real deal.

They are not an up-and-comer that may one day rise to playing arenas and headlining huge festivals or fall into the pit of many other bands and dissolve. The only question surrounding them is how long it will take them to get to the top, because if Thursday was any indication, The Front Bottoms are here to stay.

Playing to a sold-out crowd made up mostly of young adults, the indie punk group from New Jersey put together a crowd-pleasing 17-song, 70-minute set.

Perhaps the toughest task for TFB was following a very good and energetic performance from Georgia’s The Wild, an indie/folk/rock hybrid that could not have done a better job warming up the crowd. The band is like a fast, punkrock version of Mumford & Sons, incorporating catchy riffs from the banjo while rocking out and stomping the stage.

TFB took the stage after setting up a great party atmosphere in the crowd. As DMX’s “Party Up (Up in Here)” blasted through the speakers, beach balls were circulating around and glow sticks that were handed out just before the lights dimmed, shined, and soared through the air as everyone loosened up and prepared for the headliner.

The Front Bottoms, made up of Brian Sella (guitar/vocals) and Mathew Uychich (drums), were accompanied by touring musicians Tom Warren (bass) and Ciaran O’Donnell (guitar/keys/trumpet). The four opened with “Skeleton,” a popular song off the band’s latest release, and went right into “Fireworks.”

Every person in the crowd was singing along as Sella overlooked and watched with a huge smile on his face through the set. About 20 minutes in, he even exclaimed, “This is the biggest headline we have ever played to date.”

It’s easy to pick up on why the Jersey natives are so popular among young adults. With the lyrics of every song telling a story that is accessible to everyone, the band is easy to relate with.

The Front Bottoms may have related to people in a different way as well. With many references to marijuana and alcohol, it’s clear there is a sense of rebellion while listening to the band.

Sella even gave thanks by saying, “I want to thank every single one of you for making this the best night of our lives, and I’m going to get f—ked up think of every single one of you.”

Without ever hearing a song from the group, they are able to keep you listening, engaged, and wanting to hear more. Seeing this band live is going to generate a lot more interest, especially with their sophomore release “Talon of the Hawk” being far from a slump.

People seem to have an intense connection with The Front Bottoms, and the live show explains it all.