The Rundown: The Front Bottoms are a two-piece Indie/Acoustic band from New Jersey, U.S. Formed in 2006, the original lineup consisted of Brian Sella (guitar, vocals), Mathew Uychich (drums, backing vocals), and Brian Uychich. In 2010, Brayn Uychich left the band to focus on school full time.
The band has released three studio albums, “I Hate My Friends” (Self-Released, 2008), “My Grandmother VS Pneumonia” (Self-Released, 2009), and “The Front Bottoms” (2011) and one EPs, “Slow Dance to Soft Rock” (Self-Released, 2010). In June 2011 the band signed with Bar/None Records to release “The Front Bottoms”.
The Front Bottoms are quite original and have a wonderfully refreshing sound. The singing style of Brian Sella is similar to that of Cake in that it’s more like story-telling laced with “traditional” singing.
For me, the focal point of the band is the lyrical genius that is Bryan Sella. I also really enjoy the cinematography of their videos, which are beautifully shot. The Front Bottoms aren’t a hard Rock n’ Roll band. They are more reserved and quiet. Yet the lyrics can be harsh and blatant which compliments the the softness of the music.
I am reluctant to make this comparison, but at times The Front Bottoms reminds me a bit of Dashboard Confessionals with the simplicity and honesty of their music. If, however, the mere thought of Dashboard makes you sick, as it does me, don’t worry. The Front Bottoms are much, much better than Dashboard without the cry-baby aspect. MarsBands.com thinks you will like this band because of their simplicity, complex, stark lyrics and refreshing sound.