Saying that The Front Bottoms has a strong and faithful fanbase would be an understatement. Starting off their set with Celine Dion’s ‘My Heart Will Go On’ the sold out show’s crowd was already pushing against the barricades enough to nearly tip them over before the band even hit the stage. The New Jersey formed band opened with a their song Skeleton, a fitting one for the 4/20 holiday considering the song is all about getting high. This is The Front Bottoms second US tour since the release of their album Back On Top with their new label Fueled by Ramen but they made sure to sprinkle new songs and old fan favorites evenly throughout their set list while still pulling out a 4 song encore at the end. There was also the awkward moment when a fan threw his phone on stage and asked Brian to call his mom, which he did…the only problem was it was a little too loud for the conversation to be audible to anyone in the venue. Their show, despite being another tour for their new record, was still full of the Brian Sella with his acoustic guitar that fans originally fell in love with. ‘Back on Top’ was definitely a little different than TFB’s previous albums, in a few words it seemed more put together, less organic and ‘cleaner’ than their other releases. When TFB signed to Fueled by Ramen there was definitely some worry among the fanbase that they were going to sell-out and the sound of the band we all loved would change. So, if Back on Top wasn’t your favorite TFB album, you definitely should not stray away from their shows. I’d actually recommend going even more if you weren’t head over heals for Back on Top because it’s clear at the live performance that BoT was simply the next step for The Front Bottoms and the band is just growing. Growth in music is something that should be applauded, not punished. The Front Bottoms are back at Coachella this weekend and then continue on their tour through May.
Photos By Marissa Sandoval