Picking a single thing that I’m looking forward to in the rest of 2013 isn’t very simple, as there’s so much to choose from. Maybe an upcoming album that everyone’s been waiting for from an established band like Arcade Fire or Arctic Monkeys? Or perhaps a debut from an artist that’s destined to be ‘the next big thing’, such as Clean Bandit or London Grammar? How about another festival? While these are all things I’m very excited for, I’m going to choose something a bit smaller. Something that might otherwise go unnoticed. One of the things that I’m most looking forward to in the second half of 2013 is a UK tour from the New Jersey band, The Front Bottoms.
If you’ve not heard of The Front Bottoms, I’ll bring you up to speed. Their music is a blend of indie and punk that is made up of catchy melodies and singalong choruses, strung together with truthful and honest lyrics about the ups and downs of life and love. Though the subject can vary from hopeful and optimistic to angsty and dejected, the passion behind it remains constant and gives an open insight into frontman Brian Sella’s head. All of this is backed by dancey drum beats from Matt Uychich, which help the songs to progress both rhythmically and dynamically while ensuring that the crowds have something to dance along to at the band’s live shows.
The Front Bottoms are no strangers to playing in the UK, and in fact it was only three months ago that they last toured here, but seeing their last show at Hare & Hounds in Birmingham was more than enough to leave me desperate to see them again. Since that tour, the band have released their second album on Bar/None Records, Talon of the Hawk, an album that is as brilliant and consistent as their self-titled release from 2011.
Their UK tour sees the band play shows in Scotland and all over England throughout September, with the indie-pop singer-songwriter Allison Weiss making her debut UK appearances as the lead support act for the tour. The full dates and venues can be seen on the poster below.