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Doing Asbestos We Can

Bar None Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Just over twelve months ago The Moms released the excellent Snowbird EP, a release that made a big impression on me last year and ended up being one of my favourite singles of 2016, so to say I was pleased when Doing Asbestos We Can arrived for review is something of an understatement, but as always there is also a sense of trepidation that relates to a release that follows up on something that bordered on perfection, have The Moms maintained the impetus they were building with release of Snowbird last year? 

Good Job picks up where Snowbird left off with a hook laden riff, and Fortunate Former carries on the upbeat knockabout feel, that even has brass added, courtesy of Ciaran O’Donnell of The Front Bottoms, to underline the playful feel. Doing Asbestos We Can doesn’t have the rough appeal that Snowbird carried, but it’s been replaced with something almost as appealing, there’s a more poppy sensibility to the debut full length, but this isn’t at the expense of the infectious hooks and energy that are still ever present throughout the album. Alongside their obvious punk rock roots there are other elements that have been thrown into mix including rock ‘n roll, on  the short and sweet Rock The Boat. and a pervading indie sensibility, and for me there seems to be a distinctly retro feel to the production on the album.

Doing Asbestos We Can feels more polished, the rough edges that were present on Snowbird have been smoothed out and there’s a slightly poppier feel, Whilst their sophomore full length doesn’t grab you with the knockabout charm that Snowbird possessed they re still a band that possess their DIY credentials, the album’s title relates to the fact that they still rehearse in a basement where the pipes are insulated with asbestos, but instead of the hard driving punk rock The Moms have taken a detour that comes across as an amalgamation of styles, it might be a change in direction but everyone knows that The Moms know best, and the end result is a fine, if not unexpected, sophomore album.

Doing Asbestos Be Can will be released on the 13th October and can be ordered via Bar None Records here

Modern Baseball Release ‘Bart To The Future Part 2: The Musical’

modern-baseball-nov-16Philadelphia’s Modern Baseball have released a Trump protest song today as part of 30 Days, 30 Songs called Bart To The Future Part 2: The Musical. The band had this to say about the new track,

It was impossible to say EVERYTHING we wanted to say about Trump. We knew that looking at him as a peer, rather than this untouchable figure, that we could judge and treat him like any other greedy, self centred, short-tempered, racist, sexist, unqualified person you meet in everyday life. Still, knowing that name calling will get you nowhere, we kept our examples generalized so that listeners can come to their own conclusions about how Trump really is, and how he would be as POTUS.

You can listen to Bart To The Future Part 2: The Musical here

Modern Baseball‘s Holy Ghost album can be ordered here

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Tours: Brand New / The Front Bottoms / Modern Baseball

Modern BaseballPhiladelphia’s Modern Baseball will be touring this fall alongside Brand New and The Front Bottoms.  The band will continue to support their recent LP, Holy Ghost, which dropped back in May Run For Cover Records.  The album was recorded by Joe Reinhart (Hop Along, Joyce Manor) in Philadelphia’s Headroom Studios.

Tour dates are below.

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Video: The Front Bottoms – Laugh Till I Cry

Front BottomsNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms have premeired a new music video for the song “Laugh Till I Cry.”  The track comes from the band’s upcoming full length, Back On Top, due out September 18, 2015 via Fueled By Ramen.

Watch the video below.

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Front Bottoms - Rose EP

The Front Bottoms

Rose EP

Bar/None Records
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Rating: 4/5

 
 

 

 

Before The Front Bottoms’ relative rise to the fore with last year’s Talon Of The Hawk, the band released a number of pre-2010 gems responsible for building their early fan base.  Lots can happen to a band’s style in a few short years, and the New Jersey duo/stage quartet acknowledges their growth with the select re-recording of earlier material in their new EP, Rose.  The EP takes a back-to-basics approach that curbs the keyboard electronics of their most recent material in favour of capturing more personal, more traditional full-band and acoustic settings that frame The Front Bottoms as the jaded spawn of Say Anything and Andrew Jackson Jihad.

Vocalist Brian Stella remains the emotional heart of the band, with instrumental accompaniment accenting his many frank and upfront declarations.  For instance, take the gradual build of “12 Feet Deep;” the initial acoustic strums could very well sustain the entire track, but the infusion of horns in the verse and the snapping of each drumbeat gives the track some serious legs in its final sprint to the finish.  A strong case for an early-career Blink 182 likeness emerges with more conventional tracks like “Flying Model Rockets,” particularly in chord selections.  Most benchmarks are fleeting though, and when “Lipstick Covered Magnet” follows up with Stella’s heavily enunciated lyrical expression and late-track parallel vocals, the ball rests firmly in The Front Bottoms’ court (not to mention the stylish female vocals surfacing throughout the minimalist breakup and moving-on piece, “Jim Bogart”).

Perhaps most importantly though, The Front Bottoms have always had a razor sharp tongue.  A snapshot of the gritty, vivid imagery driving “Awkward Conversations” rings true for each song on Rose.  “I personally think it’s too cold to have the windows open, but you want to smoke your menthol cigarettes,” states Stella forcefully in his account of trivial social encounters.  A sense of adverse egocentrism frames most songs – the type defining adolescent “me against the world” type thoughts at the onset of young adulthood.  There’s a morbid fascination that comes with listening to Stella squirm uneasily as he twists his way through many awkward situations.

With such a vibrant offering, it’s tough to find any significant fault in Rose.  The EP affirms the band’s status as an articulate and emotional upstart that has slowly emerged from under the radar as genre front-runners.  The Front Bottoms might not be for everyone (particularly those that harp on Say Anything), but as Rose demonstrates, their energy and vibrancy certainly places them at the top of their class.

Stream – You Blew It! – ‘My Name is Jonas’

You Blew it!Ahead of the digital release of their Weezer covers EP You Blue It on July 15th  (Vinyl coming on August 12th) via Topshelf Records, Orlando punk band You Blew It! have released a stream of My Name is Jonas via soundcloud. 

The band are currently on the road with Say Anything, The Front Bottoms and So So Glos – full dates below:

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The Front Bottoms Full EP Stream

Front BottomsNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms has launched a full stream of their upcoming new EP.  The EP will be titled Rose and is set for a June 17, 2014 release via Bar/None Records.  The band will be touring extensively this with Say AnythingThe So So Glos and Your Blew It! summer.

Listen to the full song extended play here courtesy Red Bull.

The Front Bottoms Announces New EP

Front BottomsNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms has announced details for a new EP.  The EP will be titled Rose and is set for a June 17, 2014 release via Bar/None Records.  The band describes the tracks as “songs that we’ve either played live at shows or had kicking around that we couldn’t let go of.”  The disc will follow their latest album, Talon of the Hawk, released in 2013 via Bar/None Records.

The band will be touring extensively this with Say AnythingThe So So Glos and Your Blew It! summer.  Dates are below.

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Video: The Front Bottoms – Backflip

thefrontbottoms_by_Lucia_Holm_PhotographyNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms have debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Backflip” and is from their new album, Talon of the Hawk, released in 2013 via Bar/None Records.

Watch the video below.

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Tours: You Blew It / The Front Bottoms / The Wild

TopshelfYou Blew It has announced that they will be heading on tour with The Front Bottoms and The Wild as part of the ‘Hot Chocolate Tour ’14’ early next year.  You Blew It! is gearing up for the release of their next LP in early 2014 via Topshelf Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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The Front Bottoms - Talon of the hawk

The Front Bottoms

Talon of the Hawk

Bar None Records
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Rating: 4.5/5

 
 

 

 

If there’s one thing I’m a sucker for, it’s simplicity. That, and songs I can relate to. The Front Bottoms’ latest effort Talon of the Hawk perfectly encompasses both of those things, and before I start, I do want it to go on record that I’m calling this a strong contender for #3 at least in my end of year list. 

Amusingly so, Talon of the Hawk is kicked off with a track that doesn’t even stretch to two minutes in length. However, Au Revoir – Adios manages to set the bar for the entire album. Brian Sella’s strained vocals and raw lyricism against very little music tell of a failed relationship, but refreshingly so, the cliché of this story is averted with the introduction of a full band effort midway through shouting about Rock n’ Roll and being misunderstood which hooks you in, in a way that only The Front Bottoms know how.

From there, the casual narrative doesn’t let up as Sella begins to bear all, and whilst his partner Matt Uychich does incredibly well to provide a steady beat to his band mate’s musings and the session musicians work relentlessly to provide a juxtaposing noise of jingling guitars and soft keyboard interludes, Sella’s lyricism feels like it could also work on its own as a spoken word piece. It tells of highs and lows, from Skeleton pulling on your heart strings as you remember every failed relationship and fuck up, to Twin Size Mattress pulling the pace back to an almost stand-still. It’s at this point that the band really comes together, and since up to now it’s been The Brian Sella Show, the track details the importance of friendship and pursuing everything you want to do, and it quickly becomes clear that no matter how you’re feeling, The Front Bottoms have a track to match it.

But after the calm comes the danceable indie-pop storm and with vocal styling that would give Blink 182’s Tom DeLonge a run for his money and catchy guitar riffs that should be the soundtrack to your summer, Talon of the Hawk just goes from strength to strength. There’s not much to it really, you don’t really have to sit and think about the lyrics, there’s no ambiguity, and with the likes of The Feud and Backflip proving that this whole album is nothing but a guy telling a series of anecdotes whilst his band mates regularly provide indistinguishable backing chants and 2005-style keyboard sequences.

Granted, The Front Bottoms may not be anywhere near performing in front of thousands of people on a huge stage with these kind of songs, but who cares? Give me a dingy bar, a disgusting beer and a few of my closest friends to sing along to this with over that any day. It’s important to recognise that Talon of the Hawk is a much bigger, more ambitious effort than 2011’s eponymous debut. There’s a fine blend of mature lyricism, and downright fun musical experimentation and if nothing else, this record should make you want to say ‘fuck it.’

Tour: The Front Bottoms (UK)

thefrontbottoms_by_Lucia_Holm_PhotographyNJ Indie dance-punks The Front Bottoms have announced they will be crossing the atlantic to tour the UK in September. The band are out supporting their latest full length, The Talon Of The Hawk (check out our review here) which was released back in May via Bar None Records.

Full dates below:

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Tour: The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die (US)

The World Is A Beautiful PlaceCT indie rockers The World Is A Beautiful Place and I am No Longer Afraid To Die (TWIABPAIMNLATD) have announced a fall tour alongside a veritable who’s who of the punk rock world. The tour includes shows with the likes of Pity Sex & Modern Baseball, Brand New, The Front Bottoms, Daylight and The Menzingers.

TWIABPAIMNLATD are supporting their latest full length, Whatever, If Ever, which was released via Topshelf Records in June of this year. It can be heard over on their bandcamp page now.

Full tour dates below:

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Tour: The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die (North America)

The World Is A Beautiful PlaceConnecticut emo band The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die are playing 4 sold out shows with Brand New in September and then hitting the US and Canada for additional dates with New Jerseys’ The Front Bottoms.

The latest release from The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die are supporting their debut full length LP, Whenever, If Ever, which was released in June of this year on Topshelf Records.

Full tour dates below.

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Video: The Front Bottoms – Funny You Should Ask

thefrontbottoms_by_Lucia_Holm_PhotographyNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms have debuted a brand new music video.  The video features the song “Funny You Should Ask” and is from their new album, Talon of the Hawk, released back in May via Bar/None Records.

Watch the video here.

The Front Bottoms Full Album Stream

Front BottomsNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms has debuted their upcoming brand new full length.  The new album is titled Talon of the Hawk, due out May 21, 2013 via Bar/None Records.

Listen below.

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Tours: The Front Bottoms

thefrontbottoms_by_Lucia_Holm_PhotographyNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms have announced a collection of upcoming tour dates.  The band will be supporting their upcoming new album, Talon of the Hawk, due out May 21, 2013 via Bar/None Records.

Tour dates can be found below.

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The Front Bottoms – Skeleton

thefrontbottoms_by_Lucia_Holm_PhotographyNew Jersey’s The Front Bottoms have debuted a brand new song.  The track is titled “Skeleton” and is from their upcoming new album, Talon of the Hawk, due out May 21, 2013 via Bar/None Records.

Listen to the song here.

The Front Bottoms – Tour/New Album/New Video

thefrontbottoms_by_Lucia_Holm_Photography
Bar/None Records
is proud to announce the highly anticipated album Talon of the Hawk by New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms on May 21, 2013. The Front Bottoms “Twin Size Mattress” Official Music Video can be viewed here.

The Front Bottoms will be hotting the road with a national tour this year. Tickets are available for purchase here  for all shows EXCEPT the following: Washington DC  June 2, 2013 purchase here  and Philadelphia June 11, 2013 purchase here – password: hawk. 

Tour dates can be found below.

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The Front Bottoms Detail New Album

The Front Bottoms have released album details for their next album, Talon Of The Hawk, which is set for a Mat 21, 2013 release.  The album follows their 2011 self-titled debut.

The track listing can be found below.

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Tours: Bad Books / The Front Bottoms

Front BottomsNew Jersey duo The Front Bottoms are set to open for Bad Books (featuring Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra) next month.

The tour kicks off on February 13, 2013 at Thompson House in Newport, KY and will see the bands playing eleven shows over a 12-day period concluding in West Columbia, SC at New Brookland Tavern. The dates are below.

The Front Bottoms’ self-titled debut was released on September 6, 2011 via Bar/None Records.

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Tours: The Front Bottoms / Bad Books

New Jersey indiepop duo The Front Bottoms have announced that they will be kicking off the new year with a tour with support from Bad Books (featuring Kevin Devine and Andy Hull of Manchester Orchestra).  The Front Bottoms released their self-titled debut back in September 2011 via Bar/None Records.

Dates can be found below.

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Video: The Front Bottoms – The Beers (Live)

The Front Bottoms have posted a new live video of them performing the song The Beers at Maxwells in Hoboken, NJ on January 27, 2011.

The track comes from their upcoming self-titled album, set to be released through Bar/None Records on September 6th.

 

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