The Front Bottoms have been a solid part of New Jersey’s musical history. Brian Sella infuses his lyrics with sensitivity and angst that speaks to the emotions of his listeners. Their sound is a specific, unique one combing powerhouse drumming from Mat Uychich and acoustic guitar from Sella. With two studio albums, an EP, and older self-released songs, The Front Bottoms hold an impressive discography.
The band released two singles earlier this summer and today the prayers of fans have been answered. The Front Bottoms debuted a third new song, “Help,” announced their new album, Back On Top, as well as US and European tour dates. The eleven song LP arrives September 18 and is currently available for preorder with exclusive merch bundles. Fan Club presale tickets will be available on August 1st at 10 am and general ticket sale will be available on August 7 at 9 am.
The US leg of the tour, officially titled “Back On Tour,” begins October 14th in New York City with dates all over the US up until November 29 with performances from Elvis Depressedly and The Smith Street Band. The European leg of the tour will begin in February and The Front Bottoms will be joined by Kevin Devine and the Goddamn Band.
Back On Top features the signature style of Sella (vocals, guitar) and Uychich (drums) while also departing from the sounds they have been building for years. Sella and Uychich, along with Tom Warren (Bass) and Ciaran O’Donnell (Guitar, Horns, Keyboards) are a well oiled, familiar unit proven in the self assured sound of the new album. The record, the bands first for Fueled By Ramen, is a varying array of energetic music ranging from the bigger rock sounds of “No Plan (Fuck Jobs)” to the melodic vocals of “Cough It Out.”
The critically acclaimed New Jersey band has continually released prolific albums beginning with their self titled record in 2011. Back On Top is sure to deliver the same powerful emotions The Front Bottoms are known for while combining new musical styles.
Below is the Back On Top track list and click here for more information on tour dates and tickets.
2) Summer Shandy
3) Cough It Out
5) Laugh Till I Cry
6) Historic Cemetery
7) The Plan (Fuck Jobs)
10) West Virginia
11) Plastic Flowers
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