Jul 22, 2013

The Front Bottoms to play Skully’s Tuesday 7/23

Whether it was playing one of our CMJ Showcases back in 2010 or one of our SXSW Showcases in 2012, RethinkPopMusic has been a longtime advocate of The Front Bottoms.


The thing that I love most about this band is that they are impossible to categorize. Yes, the lyrical content is of the emo variety, but your not going to find that retching whine, think more Tom Waits. And while technically a two-piece, you’re not going to hear some revamp of the blues flush with guitar solos and self-indulgence. So what do the Front Bottoms sound like?


According to Wikipedia “acoustic-dance-indie-punk” is how to describe The Front Bottoms’ sound. Well, there’s one thing I know with certainty, they sure as hell didn’t write that. I do know that Brian (Vox/Guitar) would never admit to having a desire to honestly describe their sound… and its just as likely he couldn’t even if he wanted.

However, I recently read a review by Bob Boilen of NPR that really resinated with me: “the young duo’s smart, irreverent, self-titled debut strikes a deft balance between the comical and the emotional.”

I agree that the lyrics have serious depth, but the delivery deprives them of perceived sincerity and can quickly be mistaken as comical. Combine that with their onstage antics and one can be distracted enough to forget that both Brian and Matt are very accomplished musicians.

Have no idea what I’m talking about?

Read This:

 I have this dream that I am hitting my dad with a baseball bat 
And he is screaming and crying for help 
And maybe halfway through it has more to do with me killing him 
Then it ever did protecting myself 
And I believe that yeah, dad, maybe no one is perfect 
But I believe that you are pushing your luck 
It just sucks it played out like this 
A terrible movie and you can tell none of the actors even give a fuck

Then Watch This:


See you at Skully’s…

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