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Interview:
The Front Bottoms at The Fillmore, 3 Things To Know
 

By Gary Graff
ggraff@digitalfirstmedia.com, @GraffonMusic on Twi

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The Front Bottoms are at the top of its game these days.

The New Jersey rock duo released its fourth album, “Going Grey,” this month, which was recorded at studios around the country. Featuring the singles “Get Numb,” “Raining” and “Vacation Town,” it finds the group still growing stylistically but also re-embracing the raw energy of its early recordings.

The Front Bottoms spent the summer touring the U.K. with blink-182, and coming back home the group is larger halls and to bigger crowds than ever before...

• Singer, guitarist and co-founder Brian Sella says “Going Grey” was something of a reaction to its predecessor, 2015’s “Back On Top,” which was it debut for Fueled By Ramen records. “With the Front Bottoms we look to play live, so when we go into the studio to try to make a new record playing it live is a huge influence on us,” Sella, 29, says by phone. “It kind of changes from project to project. The last album we went out to California for, like, five weeks and it was a very draining process, and towards the end it wasn’t as inspiring as I was hoping it was going to be. So this time we said, ‘Let’s break it down to a couple days at a time so we don’t burn out on anything and keep it fresh. So we did a couple days in L.A. a couple days in Austin (Texas), we recorded at a studio in the U.K. when we were on tour over there and in upstate New York and in Jersey in Asbury Park. We just wanted to be a little more relaxed and break it up and take our time with it. And it worked out really well.”

• Though founded in Woodcliffe Lake, N.J., the Front Bottoms relocated to Asbury Park a couple of years ago for both pragmatics and pleasure. “Our merch company runs out of Asbury Park,” Sella explains. “So before we would have to drive down there two times a week or something to get merch or approve ideas and stuff. So we said, ‘Why don’t we make the move down there. We can live at the beat, live the good life,’ and that’s it.” How often does he hear about Bruce Springsteen, though? “Every day,” Sella says.

• Sella claims he wasn’t aware the Front Bottoms was British slang for female genitalia when the group formed during 2008; He’s simply heard actor Patrick Stewart use the phrase in the film “Sexy Beast.” “I figured, ‘OK, that kinda fits,’” Sella recalls. “Then when I went over the U.K. the first time, all these kids were like, ‘Oh...’ They basically explained to me what it meant, and honestly if I knew nine years ago that anybody would know what it meant we probably would’ve gone with a different name. But now it’s kind of a badge of honor; If you can get past this name and really get deep into the music, you’ll love the name even more. or at least that’s what it seems like.”



If You Go:

• The Front Bottoms, Basement and Bad Bad Hats.

• Tuesday, Oct. 24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

• The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward Ave.

• Tickets are $43.50 and $33.50.

• Call 3130961-5451 or visit thefillmoredetroit.com.

Web Site: www.thefillmoredetroit.com

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