Jersey-based indie-rockers the Front Bottoms released a video on AOL/Spinner for its new single, “Flashlight,” off of the duo’s latest self-titled release. The group’s intricately crafted song structures and witty, tongue-in-cheek lyrics about love, youth and partying have started to gain some attention beyond the borders of Bergen County, and with very good reason. Acoustic guitar melodies with pop-punk vocals from Brian Sella and urgent drums from Mathew Uychich make for an energetically raw sound that doesn’t fall into the abyss of crappy punk bands thanks to Sella’s sarcastic, rhythmic vocals that don’t always rhyme and don’t really need to.
The duo’s new video takes place in a basement, which Uychich explained to AOL/Spinner is him and Sella’s usual practice space. The video shows an everyday jam session for the Front Bottoms, complete with cement floors, piles of extension cords and a lack of lighting when the power circuit invariably trips. But the Front Bottoms doesn’t let a little less light to save power stop the show, as seen in the video during the band’s exuberant anthem. Whether it be performed by the light of lanterns hanging from the ceiling, flashlights, candles or about 300 glow sticks, the Front Bottoms belts out catchy, sardonic ballads in style.
The Front Bottoms will be playing CMJ completely lit-up and with all the power needed on October 22 with Kevin Devine and An Horse at the Highline Ballroom. Check below for more tour dates below.
Tour Dates For Front Bottoms:
10/22 – New York, NY – Highline Ballroom (CMJ Showcase)
10/25 – Philadelphia, PA – North Star Bar
10/26 – Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
10/28 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
10/29 – Columbia, SC – Bey’s
10/30 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
11/01 – Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub
11/02 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade-Purgatory
11/04 – Dallas, TX – Bryan Street Tavern
11/05 – Austin, TX – Fun Fun Fun Fest After Party
11/06 – Beaumont, TX – Tequila Rok
11/08 – St. Louis, MO – Cicero’s
11/09 – Chicago, IL – Beat Kitchen
11/10 – Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
11/11 – Canton, OH – The Auricle
11/12 – Lemoyne, PA – The Champ
11/13 – Pittsburgh, PA – Smiling Moose
11/15 – Hamden, CT – The Space
11/16 – Cambridge, MA – T.T. The Bears
11/17 – Rockville Centre, NY – Vibe Lounge