The Front Bottoms Flood Williamsburg with Catchy Hooks and Balloons
Although New York City's bustling music community has been doing a pretty good job at keeping music venues full, it's still quite a feat to sell out on a Monday night in Brooklyn like New Jersey's Front Bottoms did – especially for a band just starting to gain the public ear. But the Front Bottoms have been delivering their unique brand of indie-emo talk-singing to fans since 2007 and already have four studio albums already under their belt.
They entered stage at the Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (June 22) beneath inflated letters "TFB" to deliver their partylicious live fervor as part of their intimate 'Motorcycle Club Party' for their fan club. While performing a rocking 22-song set for a packed crowd who could have easily went for another 22 songs, the band's message was clear: After recently signing to Fueled by Ramen, the Front Bottoms are on a mission to make a name for themselves.
Their set was loud, clamorous and as electric as it could get, which is intriguing considering the fact that frontman Brian Sella was weilding his usual acoustic guitar. The rest of the band packed power and force and the sound was incredibly on point. Drummer Mathew Uychich was loudest of all, holding the show's intensity to the highest of standards, with his brother, Brian, kicking it up yet another notch on the keys and with some blaring trumpet accompaniment.
The set included a plethora of songs, both old and new, and a bunch of songs from their most recent LP, Talong of the Hawk. Some of the most notable songs were "Skeleton Song;" crowd favorite "Au Revoir (Adios);" "Peach;" and their most popular single, "Twin Size Mattress" to end the show. They also performed both "Flashlight" and "Maps" from their 2011 self-titled album. Aside from their blow-up initials on stage, there was plenty of additional fanfare. They had a decadent stage setting with inflatable tube men occasionally flailing around onstage and bubbles and balloons blowing into the crowd. It was the perfect backdrop for their catchy and upbeat repertoire and there was even a surprisingly energetic mosh pit circling around in the middle of the floor while the band nailed every hook. Anyone who wasn't already a huge fan certainly became one. Check out photos from the show below.