December 6, 2022 by M.B. Edwards
With devilish smiles, wicked hooks and bLink-182 adjacent vocals, New Jersey has another band that takes us back to dramaramaland; The Front Bottoms.
They have incredibly loyal fans that follow them throughout the country; and why not? They pump out an infectious grooves that grab you.
They released their latest EP, “Theresa,” in September and are touring the US this winter. On select dates of their Champagne Jam 2022 Tour, fans will get an added treat as The Front Bottoms will have special guests Slothrust and Sydney Sprague joining them.
Since everyone likes a good origin story, The Front Bottoms has one for us. Brian Sella and his long-time friend Mathew Uychich formed the band back in 2006. Sella is the crooner, guitar, and the lyricist, while Uychich bangs on the drums all day.
After releasing their first two albums, “I Hate My Friends” and “My Grandma vs. Pneumonia,” along with their first extended play, “Brothers Can’t Be Friends,” the band’s first real exposure to the masses came in 2011 from their debut music video for “Maps.”
Their fans wanted more and the guys delivered. They followed up by releasing three studio albums, “Talon of the Hawk,” “Back on Top,” and “Going Grey,” and three EPs. The latter two studio albums peaked at number six on the US charts for Top Alternative Albums and number 10 in the Top Rock Album on Billboard. Not too shabby!
They released additional tunes that did incredibly well for them: “Pease Sign,” “Camouflage,” “Everyone Blooms,” “Ginger,” and “More Than it Hurts You,” which is becoming a fan favorite at shows.
Their new release, “Theresa,” is the reason for the current five-week tour, and is considered a third installment to the band’s “Grandma” EP series. The first installment was “Rose,” named after Uychich’s grandmother who happened to pass away during the recording of the album. The second EP in the “Grandma Series” is “Ann,” named after Sella’s late grandmother “Theresa” is named after Uychich’s other grandmother.
Next year looks to be incredible for the band: They will be playing with Muse, Tenacious D, and The Mars Volta at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in Atlanta. They will also be performing at the Adjacent Festival with bLink-182 and Paramore in Atlantic City.
For OC concertgoers, they may sound very familiar because they took the stage at this year’s Ohana Fest. On this current tour, OC Music News will cover them on December 11th in Raleigh, NC, at The Ritz.
After that show, the guys will head towards home, stopping in parts of Virginia and then Philadelphia later this month.