ALBUM REVIEW: THE FRONT BOTTOMS W/ ‘GOING GREY’
When The Front Bottoms release Back on Top at the end of 2015, the reception it got was incredibly varied. The album was their first release through major record label, Fueled by Ramen, and saw the band move towards a way cleaner production value that left us with polished vocals and stylised tunes that weren’t exactly to everyone’s taste. However their upcoming album, Going Grey, which is released on Friday 13th October, finds a much happier middle ground between the rawness of their self-titled days and their progression as a band.
As the name of the album suggests, these guys are no longer adolescents sitting in their bedrooms singing sad songs about girls. Whilst their music has undoubtedly matured, Brian’s signature, angsty vocals remain a staple of their sound on Going Grey. The familiarity they bring allow The Front Bottoms to experiment more with different genres from track to track without losing the album’s overall cohesiveness. The contrast between the two singles off the release showcase the kind of variation you can expect from the Going Grey, with ‘Raining‘ providing much more melodic tones and a somewhat dreamy quality to it, whereas ‘Vacation Town’ is a much more radio-play ready track you wanna sing along to.
The stand out songs on the album are ‘Don’t Fill Up On Chips’, which gives off similar vibes to their earlier stuff like ‘Lipstick Covered Magnet’ (think My Grandma Vs. Pneumonia if it’d been recorded in a proper studio) and ‘Far Drive’, with the beautiful optimism evoked by it’s lyrics and chilled out melody. Overall, Going Grey is a stellar album that should satiated longstanding fan’s expectations, whilst also making them accessible to an entirely new audience.
The band will head to the UK in early 2018, with support from everyone’s favourite Aussie punks, The Smith Street Band, to promote the album. Dates are as follows:
- February 9th: The Albert Hall, Manchester
- February 10th: Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow
- February 11th: O2 Academy, Newcastle
- February 14th: Mandela Hall, Belfast
- February 16th: O2 Academy, Sheffield
- February 17th: Rock City, Nottingham
- February 24th: The Pyramids Centre, Portsmouth
- February 25th: The Waterfront, Norwich
- February 26th: O2 Institute, Birmingham
- February 27th: O2 Academy, Bristol
- February 28th: The Roundhouse, London
Tickets for The Front Bottoms’ UK tour are on sale now at Ticketmaster and other outlets.