The Front Bottoms climbing toward the top
Punk/indie duo The Front Bottoms has always been a DIY sort of act, starting out as a home project for longtime friends Brian Sella (on vocals and guitar) and Mathew Uychich (on drums) when they were still teens. The band has expanded over the years, recruiting Uychich’s brother Brian for a while, and currently touring as a four-piece with Tom Warren on bass and Ciaran O’Donnell on guitar and keyboards. The core duo has also moved from low-fi, self-distributed releases to more polished albums on major label-affiliated outlet Fueled by Ramen, hitting the Billboard top 50 with Fueled by Ramen debut Back on Top in 2015.
Sella and Uychich have remained committed to their quirky, ramshackle aesthetic even as their music has gotten more popular and accessible, though, balancing the ragged folk-punk of their early releases with more pop-friendly hooks. All Music called the band’s latest album, October’s Going Grey, “still wily enough to please longtime fans while adding new layers to their sound,” and Stereogum praised lead single “Raining” as “grand and reflective and damn near arena-ready.” From bedrooms to arenas would be a pretty impressive trajectory for any band.
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