The Front Bottoms is an American indie-folk-punk band originating from New Jersey, United States.
Formation and Early Releases (2007-2010)
In August 2007, after Brian Sella (vocals, guitar, lyricist) finished his first year of college, he and childhood friend Mathew Uychich (drums) began playing together under the name The Front Bottoms. Soon after, Uychich's brother Brian Uychich (keyboard, vocals) began sitting in on their practices and asked to join the band, playing an old keyboard he found in the Uychich family attic. This completed the original lineup, with which the first two albums and EP were recorded.
The Front Bottoms spent the next few years playing locally around New Jersey and eventually doing extensive tours around the country. In between tours, Sella worked at a grocery store and Uychich worked in landscaping. During this time, they put out a self-released album titled I Hate My Friends in 2008, an EP titled Brothers Can't Be Friends the same year, and a second album in 2009 called My Grandma vs Pneumonia. Additionally, a 5-song cassette was handmade by the band in 2009 called Calm Down and Breathe which featured three songs that would later be on their self-titled album (Father, Swimming Pool, and the Beers) as well as two other tracks (More Than It Hurts You and The Bongo Song). Only 30 of these tapes were made.
Self-Titled Album and Success (2010-Present)
Around 2010, the band started writing material for what would become their self-titled album. They released an EP called "Slow Dance To Soft Rock" which contained six tracks later remastered for the LP. A second EP, "Grip N' Tie", was planned to be released later that year but was cancelled. The songs that were on it were instead combined with the previous EP to produce an entire album. In late 2010, the band filmed a music video for "Maps" and posted in on youtube, which gave them great exposure. On June 2, 2011, the band had announced they had signed to Bar/None Records and would release their eponymous third record on September 6, 2011.
As of fall 2010, Brian Uychich left the band to concentrate on school full-time. He then started a new band known as Zak Spade and The Love Enemies, of which Sella and Mat Uychich are alleged members. They replaced him with a new touring member, Drew Villafuerte, who also plays bass in addition to keyboards. Around 2012, Villafuerte stopped touring with the band as well, citing the extensive touring as too difficult. He was replaced by Tom Warren and Ciaran O'Donnell, who are the current touring members.
In March 2013, The Front Bottoms released a video for "Twin Size Mattress" on youtube in promotion of their next record. The Front Bottoms' fourth studio album, Talon of the Hawk, was released on May 21, 2013.
On June 17th, 2014, the "Rose" EP was released. "Rose" is a 6 track record that contains 5 songs previously heard on their early independent releases which were re-recorded and one new song.