Sunday, 14 July 2013

The Front Bottoms

The self-titled and Talon Of The Hawk have been removed by request from their label.

The Front Bottoms are a two-piece acoustic/indie/pop/dance/folk/punk/yougetthepoint band from Bergen County, New Jersey that formed in 2006. They used to be a three-piece, but after switching their third member (a keyboard player) two times, they settled with keeping two members and playing with touring musicians. They put out most of their albums themselves, until they signed to Bar/None Records, which put out their past two albums. Their debut with Bar/None contained the songs from a previous EP titled Slow Dance To Soft Rock (which I don't have the individual album of) and what would have been their next self-released EP titled Grip 'n' Tie, which was never released since the songs ended up on the self-titled album.

This band has an amazing sound. They write some insanely catchy songs that tend to be upbeat in sound (usually because of the drums), but not always in subject matter, which touch upon personal matters, but don't do so in a dramatic, heart-on-the-sleeve way. The lyrics tend to be little stories and anecdotes, and are simply told as if they were campfire songs or stories (albeit sometimes very depressing ones) The songs are mostly acoustic guitar-driven in addition to the drums and vocals, though their earlier material features keyboard and their recent stuff features a ton of instrumentation, like bass and trumpet in addition to other odd instruments. Vocally, Brian Sella is quite quirky, which can be both a good and bad thing depending on who's listening. I personally love it, of course, and think it matches the band's personable sound and aesthetic perfectly. For some reason, his tone kind of reminds me of Tom DeLonge (blink-182), though the stylings of the two are very different. Maybe there's a hint of Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!) in there too, but Brian's really got a voice of his own.

I love this band, and would probably say that they are one of my personal favourite modern bands. So I would highly, highly recommend anybody checking them out, because they are unbelievably good, and just keep getting better. Seriously, this band can do no wrong. Enjoy.

1. Carry Me Down The Street
2. I Wrote A Book
3. Jim Bogart
4. Molly
5. Not Yet
6. So Sick We're Dead
7. The Winds
8. The Bells

Note: Not the official track list order

1. You Wouldn't Be Laughing
2. Lipstick Covered Magnet
3. Lonely Eyes
4. Taking My Uzi To The Gym
5. Current Events
6. Pale Beneath The Tan (Squeeze)
7. Push-Ups
8. Twelve Feet Deep
9. Be Nice To Me
10. If You're Happy

1. Flying Model Rockets
2. The Wrong Way
3. Just As Big Twice As Swollen
4. Christians Vs. The Indians
5. The Distance That I Fell
6. The Supply Of Power (La La La)
7. So Sick We're Dead
8. The Cops
9. Water-gun-knife
10. More Than It Hurts
11. Hello World
12. I Wrote A Book

1. Christians Vs. Indians
2. Flying Model Rockets
3. More Than It Hurts You

The Front Bottoms (2011)
1. Flashlight
2. Maps
3. Looking Like You Just Woke Up
4. Mountain
5. Rhode Island
6. The Beers
7. Father
8. Swimming Pool
9. The Boredom Is the Reason I Started Swimming. It's Also the Reason I Started Sinking
10. Bathtub
11. Legit Tattoo Gun
12. Hooped Earings

Talon Of The Hawk (2013)
1. Au Revoir (Adios)
2. Skeleton
3. Swear To God The Devil Made Me Do It
4. Twin Size Mattress
5. Peach
6. Santa Monica
7. The Feud
8. Funny You Should Ask
9. Tattooed Tears
10. Lone Star
11. Back Flip
12. Everything I Own

1. Flying Model Rockets
2. Lipstick Covered Magnet
3. Twelve Feet Deep
4. Jim Bogart
5. Be Nice To Me
6. Awkward Conversations

1. GDP - Limousine
2. GDP - Parking Garage
3. The Front Bottoms - Wolfman
4. The Front Bottoms - Handcuffs

1. Cough It Out
2. West Virginia

1. Motorcycle
2. Summer Shandy
3. Cough It Out
5. Laugh Till I Cry
6. Historic Cemetery
7. The Plan (Fuck Jobs)
8. Ginger
9. 2YL
10. West Virginia
11. Plastic Flowers


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  3. Hey, I just wanted to say you/you guys are really fucking rad and I love this blog. But anyway, I just wanted to request some Manchester Orchestra and Say Anything. Have a great day.

    1. They already have a post for Manchester Orchestra

  4. Can't forget the Rose EP! LOVE your blog by the way! Most amazing thing! Keep it up!

    1. The Front Bottoms - Rose EP (2014)

  5. last two don't work i'm sad

  6. Can you guys please put up the split with GDP & The Front Bottoms?

  7. The Front Bottoms / GDP Split (2015)

    The Front Bottoms - Cough It Out / West Virginia (2015)

  8. pls get Back on Top when it's out!!!

  9. no talon of the hawk? or self titled album either? ):

  10. Can you put up the new tfb album "back on top"

  11. Talon of the Hawk and the self titled album doesn't have links!

  12. Back on top please

  13. Thank you for putting Back on Top up, I know a lot of people appreciate it.

  14. Thx so much for back on top. The band Wavves next please?

  15. Would appreciate it if you could add a link to download their self entitled album.

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  20. The file for Brothers Can't Be Friends is gone )-: any chance it can be found elsewhere?

  21. Brothers Can't Be Friends, anyone?