The acoustic punk rockers play some tunes and introduce us to a melodica
The Front Bottoms, a band name which they explained was inspired by the famous speech Ben Kingsley made in the 2000 film ‘Sexy Beast’, brought their conversationalist style of acoustic-punk to The Attic Lounge along with something else we hadn’t seen up there yet, a melodica.
Hailing from New Jersey, The Front Bottoms stopped by The Attic Lounge while on the road with Kevin Devine to share with us some stories that have inspired their music and lyrics, and play a couple of songs from their most recent album. They opened the session with ‘Bathtub’, a song which front-man Brian Sella described as being lyrically inspired by real life situations, and musically inspired by The Mountain Goats (a band who are probably the closest comparison to The Front Bottoms that I can think of). They followed up this slower track with one of their dancier tunes, ‘Flashlight’, before finishing off their performances in War Memorial Auditorium, belting out the chorus of ‘Swimming Pool’ into reverb-loving oblivion, “There’s comfort at the bottom of a swimming pool.”
The Front Bottoms are out there to have a good time and by no means are trying to be anything they’re not, and this truly shows in their interview, which for me is the funniest interview we’ve filmed so far for the series.