Photo by Brian Reilly

Six years after forming a band as students at Pascack Valley High School in Hillsdale, NJ, indie pop duo Front Bottoms has announced that it is signing with independent label Bar/None. “We’re very excited, and we have been for a while,” says vocalist and guitarist Brian Sella. “It kind of validates the whole situation for us.” The New Jersey-based label, which has worked with Of Montreal, They Might Be Giants and Yo La Tengo, plans to release Front Bottoms’ self-titled debut album in late August or early September. Until then, Sella and his bandmate, drummer Matt Uychich, will play a handful of shows in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Front Bottoms’ debut album will combine its two uptempo and angst-driven EPs, Slow Dancing To Soft Rock and Grip ‘N’ Tie, the former of which the duo recorded in a friend’s basement. Sella and Uychich plan to follow up their debut by cutting a new record this fall, another exciting development for two musicians still working less-than-glamorous day jobs. Sella, who works at a ShopRite in Westwood, NJ, said that he is looking forward to the possibility of leaving his job at the supermarket behind. “It would be super nice if I was able to tour around the country on somebody else’s dime and play to people who actually care about my music,” he says. But Sella remains level-headed and realistic: “I think pushing carts is probably going to be in my future for a while.”

Tour Dates For Front Bottoms:
06/11 – New York, NY – The Studio at Webster Hall
06/16 – Scranton, PA – Vintage Theater
06/18 – Rutherford, NJ – Cupcake Festival
06/25 – Oakland, NJ – Waynestock Music Festival
06/30 – Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes with Bomb The Music Industry! and Cheap Girls
07/08 – Teaneck, NJ – Mexicali Live with He Is We