The last time I saw The Front Bottoms was about a year ago. They were opening for Say Anything but ended up stealing that show. Last night, they finally got the headlining show they deserved and ended up selling out the venue.
The Front Bottoms is nothing more than four guys from New Jersey who are able to write songs about everyday life and make them catchy. Doesn’t sound too special does it? Well, it is.
You know when you’re at a local show and you hear a band and all you can think is, yeah, these guys have something… Well, The Front Bottoms have something. I couldn’t tell you what. I couldn’t tell you why I listen to them on repeat. I couldn’t tell you why I obsess over them. They just have something.
Maybe it’s the lyrics. Brian Sella, singer, has lyrics about everyday life. There’s nothing special about them other than he doesn’t try too hard. He’s honest and raw in the lyrics but at the same time, he’s not harsh. He sings about break-ups, breakdowns, love, life, and everything in between. It doesn’t seem like he’s trying to be anything but real. He doesn’t spruce up the lyrics, he doesn’t make it seem glamourous, he makes you feel like you wrote the lyrics. That’s the charm.
Maybe it’s the energy. Each time I have seen these guys, I have been blown away by the amount of energy they have and the energy the crowd gives off. It definitely helps that their music is upbeat and you can’t help but to jump and bounce to it. I swear it must have been close to 100 degrees in the Varsity Theater last night just due to the sold out crowd being unable to stand still.
Maybe it’s the fact that Brian Sella and the rest of the guys are so down to earth. Last time I saw these guys, I was able to buy my merch directly from them and chat with them for a bit. They were all super nice and down to earth. I didn’t feel like I was talking to touring musicians, I felt like I was catching up with some high school friends that I hadn’t seen in awhile. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to talk to them last night. They are quite a bit more popular than they were, their songs are now on the radio and they are selling out venues so they don’t just hang around the merch booth anymore. I still felt some connection to the guys as they played their hearts to the sold out crowd. Even though they seemed larger than life on stage last night, they were still those random guys I was talking up at the Say Anything show in my heart.
Everything about The Front Bottoms’ set last night was perfect. They played all of the songs I wanted them to hear. Brian’s voice sounded perfectly imperfect just like it does on CD. The band was tight but fun and the crowd was involved. That set, in itself, made last night a perfect night.
Last night wasn’t just perfect though, it was amazing. Not only did The Front Bottoms kill it, but I completely fell in love with The Smith Street Band. I had been hearing about these guys for awhile. After my blog post about the Frank Turner show (We’re Definitely Going To Hell), I befriended a kid named Steven who kept telling me if I like Frank Turner and Skinny Lister, I’d love The Smith Street Band. He was right.
The Smith Street Band is a rock band from Australia. They have been around for a couple years at this point but for some reason they were never on my radar. They are now. They really impressed me last night. Their lyrics are raw and honest just like the lyrics from The Front Bottoms only the music is a bit more raw and rock sounding. They only played for about thirty minutes but for those thirty minutes, I found myself wondering, why the hell have I not gotten into these guys before? I hope these guys come back again soon.
Last night wasn’t just perfect. It was amazingly perfect. Last night was one of those shows that I live for. One of those shows that gave me that feeling that I am constantly searching for every night of my life at a concert.
Elvis Depressedly— Unfortunately, the frontman was feeling a bit under the weather but they were still good!
Venue- Varsity Theater
Sausage Fest Meter- 4 out of 10
Broken Bones/ Injuries- None
Average Age- 20
Crowd Surfers- 36- 19 of which happened during The Front Bottoms’ last song
People Plucked From The Front Row By Security- 2
Spotted Flying Through The Sky- Bodies
Celebrity Sightings in the Crowd- Koo Koo Kangaroo