Drusky Entertainment Presents
The Front Bottoms
A Great Big Pile of Leaves, The Artless
1306 E. Carson Street
Pittsburgh, PA, 15203
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 6:30 PM
This event is all ages
The Front Bottoms
What can we say about The Front Bottoms? We know we love them: a punk band that uses acoustic guitar, indie-rock dance grooves, Springsteen-y keyboard lines (this they might deny). Itâ€™s hook-filledâ€¦ itâ€™s anthemicâ€¦ itâ€™s confessional. Maybe Joni Mitchell by way of Green Day? They must have heard some Replacements along the way, and it seems like what Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers did for the Boston suburbs these guys are doing for Bergen County, NJ. But they still leave us scratching our heads. Just what the hell have the Front Bottoms alchemized?
With the wonders of the internet and their obsessive gigging, they are now known from New Jersey toâ€¦Spain (?) where director Pablo Nieto found them online and asked to create a video for â€śMaps.â€ť The video features Williamsburg, a farm (where Mathew sometimes works), and that aforementioned Econoline as well as some â€śloveableâ€ť hand puppets. Word of mouth and great reviews has them fielding calls from promoters all over the tri-state area.
New Jerseyâ€™s The Star-Ledger called them â€śone of the leading lights of the New Jersey pop underground. The groupâ€™s amalgam of punk, guitar-folk, lo-fi experimentalism, imagist-inspired poetry (drawing heavily on Sellaâ€™s upbringing in the Jersey suburbs) and playful humor (that betrays the singerâ€™s youth) has caught discriminating ears on both sides of the Hudson.â€ť
A Great Big Pile of Leaves
A Great Big Pile of Leaves sound like they were influenced by the best parts of Keane, Radiohead, and The Kooks and then mashed it all up to create various melodic configurations in their songs for their self-recorded six song EP The Fiery Works.