Sunday night The Front Bottoms came to Columbus and shared their quirky, self-confessional style of music with a full house at The Newport. Opening for Manchester Orchestra The Front Bottoms brought a full sound, reaching the corners of the hall with every song and engaging an enthusiastic Sunday night crowd.
Their latest release Talon of the Hawk is decidedly dense in its pop-punk delivery with lyrics catchy and yet still revealing in their honesty and simplicity. Listen twice, because the first time through the distracting lyrics and upbeat delivery may keep the listener from the soul-baring and sometimes too-honest lyrics that describe some painful epiphanies and all too common human situations.
The Front Bottoms’ “Tattooed Tears”
With the opening chords of “Skeleton” in the air the crowd instantly jumped to life. The connection between lead vocalist Brian Sella and his audience is distinct, more complex than just a man on a stage with a guitar. Following with “Maps” then “Tattooed Tears” one of the greatest crowd reactions came with the introduction to “Swimming Pool”. The sing-along crowd suddenly became an enthusiastic mass of folk who understood exactly what Brian meant when he belted out “There’s no doubt in my mind that if you could then you would try to crack my ribcage open and pull my heart right through.”
Talon of the Hawk is a departure from their early self-titled release on Barn/None Records in sound, much fuller and stronger in delivery, although both are recommended listening. The live show, although simple in stage set-up and seemingly plain delivers a full on donkey-kick and is a definite must catch live show.
Ending the show with “Twin Size Mattress” from Talon of the Hawk it was obvious that the band and the crowd both wanted more of each other, wanting a few more songs and a little more time.
Written by Meredith Underhill
OurVinyl | Contributor