3505 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove, OR, 97116
Monday, August 7, 2023
Grand Lodge - Grand Lodge Concerts in the Grove
5 pm doors, 6:30 pm show
$40 GA advance, $45 Day of Show
All ages welcome
5 pm doors, 6:30 pm show$40 GA advance, $45 Day of ShowAll ages welcome
The Front Bottoms are an indie rock duo from New Jersey whose music is a wildly eclectic blend of pop, rock, and punk influences accompanied by witty lyrics that offer a rapid-fire, slightly surreal perspective on the world around them. On 2011's The Front Bottoms and 2013's Talon of the Hawk, the band's sound was defined by lean, angular melodies, wiry guitar work, propulsive drumming, and nervous but enthusiastic vocals. On 2015's Back on Top, the band moved up to major-label distribution as the guitars developed a more full-bodied sound and the tunes rocked harder, but their thematic quirks were essentially unchanged, and while they enjoyed greater commercial success, later releases like Going Grey and 2020's In Sickness & In Flames made it clear that fame was not about to change them.
The Front Bottoms are vocalist Brian Sella on guitars and vocals and Mathew Uychich on drums and bullhorn. Hailing from Bergen County, New Jersey, Sella and Uychich have been friends since they were ten years old, and started writing songs together when Sella was in sixth grade. After years of making music on their own, Sella and Uychich decided to take their act to the stage at a high school talent show, where they played an original song as well as a Modest Mouse cover. Sella's mother hoped to encourage the boys by buying them some time at a local recording studio, where they managed to record 12 songs in just three hours. With enough original songs to play a set, the Front Bottoms were booked to play an all-ages show at a club in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey with a handful of local bands; there they met Casey Lee Morgan, who was running sound that night and recorded music in his home studio.
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