Hot Chocolate Tour ‘14
The Front Bottoms
The Wild, You Blew It!
26 S. Chestnut St.
Ventura, CA, 93001
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
The Front Bottoms
Bar/None Records is proud to announce the highly anticipated album Talon of the Hawk by New Jersey's The Front Bottoms on May 21, 2013. For a band whose much-celebrated self-titled debut album resonated amongst a very broad audience and whose music covered equally as much territory, The Front Bottoms are gearing up to explore even more territory with a bigger and brighter new sound that's much more realized yet very much The Front Bottoms.
Written mostly on the road over the span of the last year, Talon of the Hawk is the sound of a band that is coming into their own. "It's hard to say how much The Front Bottoms means to us," they both say. "It has become so much of a lifestyle at this point. It's not our jobs, hobbies, nor our obligation. It's just who we are." At once immediate and catchy while also complex and profound, the music of The Front Bottoms is a study in contrasts, something The Daily News caught on when they called their debut "endlessly fascinating" and crowning it one of the Top Ten for 2011. Bob Boilen of NPR chimed in, saying "the young duo's smart, irreverent, self-titled debut strikes a deft balance between the comical and the emotional." Charming and comical with a very real heart, their music isn't just a byproduct of their overactive youthful imaginations… as they stated earlier, it's just who they are.
Kicking off the record with the snarky send-off "Au Revoir (Adios)", it's evident that Talon of the Hawk isn't a departure but an extension of their last record. Their ode to marijuana, "Skeleton" is an herb-inspired rock song that's just begging to become a sing-along staple at their live shows. The driving melody of "Lone Star" begs to be blasted out of the windows of a cross-country road trip. It is this very visceral and tangible sense of imagery that makes The Front Bottoms so relatable and so refreshing. Brian's trademark stream-of-conscious lyrics is most evident on the seemingly-inspired-by-"La Bamba" track "Back Flip", which explores regrettable tattoos, the process of breathing, and anticipating the changing of traffic lights. The contemplative and epically soaring "Twin Size Mattress" (the first publically released track from the album) embodies everything that made them such breakthrough artists… the surreal lyrics, Brian's obtuse phrasing, the fascinatingly intricate guitar melodies, and Mat's confident drumming. The song's video – a road film of sorts – begins and ends with their van… the perfect embodiment of their last two years spent on the road, logging in hundreds of show, playing for thousands of fans, traveling countless miles of pavement. Find the video here:
The Front Bottoms will be hitting the road on a national tour soon after the album's release, starting off with their triumphant return to Hoboken's Maxwell's on June 1st and spending the next six weeks circling the US and wrapping up mid-July in Cambridge, MA's Sinclair (tour dates below). Tickets will be available starting 12noon EST on Thursday, March 28th at http://tfb.ducatking.comfor all shows EXCEPT the following: Washington DC June 2nd (http://goo.gl/w6Gy8) and Philadelphia June 11th (http://goo.gl/15Tmd - password: hawk).
Formed in Northern Jersey, The Front Bottoms grew organically throughout the underground. First tackling local Jersey media like The Jersey Journal ("…quirky love songs with dollops of synths, trumpet, and strings that command your attention"), The Star-Ledger ("It is hard to come away from an encounter with The Front Bottoms without developing protective feelings about the band akin to those that Jonathan Richman's fans feel about him") and Aquarian Weekly ("an indie-pop sound similar to that of Piebald with the vocal style of Say Anything… Impressive!"), the band quickly garnered rave reviews from national outlets such as Alternative Press, Filter, All Music Guide, DRUM Magazine, Beyond Race Magazine, AOL, Absolute Punk, Jersey Beat, and Sputnik Music among many others, and even caught the eye of the Los Angeles Times who declared "This is a pop soundtrack for learning to live in the moment."
The Front Bottoms is Brian Sella (vocals/guitar), Matt Uychich (drums),Tom Warren (bass), and Ciaran O'Donnel (keys/trumpet/guitar). Talon of the Hawk will be released on Bar/None Records on May 21, 2013.
From Atlanta, GA, the WILD are a bunch of friends who love playing music and sharing in the DIY philosophy of music, art, and politics. This is what The WILD has to say about themselves...
'We are five friends having a great time playing music together... We all feel the best when we are traveling together and getting to see old friends, making new ones, jumping off of high things into water, and playing music every night. right now everybody lives all over the country.... We're from Atlanta, Lexington, Denver, Brooklyn, and Massachusetts... We write songs that are political and personal.'
What pine magazine had to say about the WILD:
'The celebratory storytelling and punk-folksy delivery of this four-piece makes you wonder how such clean guitars could get your body shaking so hard. The Wild are a lot of fun, and their approach, defiant in a Bob Dylan sort of way, should give kids everywhere the feeling that they can make a difference in the world, no matter how bad things get in the interim.'
You Blew It!
You Blew It! might be one of the last great hold-outs in the emo revival that took over the last decade. More sane than Algernon Cadwallader, less sonically-spacious than Cap'n Jazz, YBI! cherrypicks from 90's emo and indie in a fashion that many have aimed for but few have achieved. These cat-loving, taco-eating dudes have been holding it down in their native Orlando scene since February 2009. Since then, they've had enough lineup changes to see something like twelve members come and go all while completing four out-of-state tours and a few notable gigs with The Get Up Kids. They have two releases under their belts, including a self-released, self-titled EP in 2009 and The Past In Present EP in the following year (Good Friends Records). Their upcoming full-length, Grow Up, Dude, will be released in April 2012.
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