Photos: The Front Bottoms at House of Blues (San Diego, CA)

Sledding With Tigers (San Diego, CA), Weatherbox (San Diego, CA), and The Front Bottoms (New Jersey)
June 14th, 2013
House of Blues in San Diego, CA

The Front Bottoms have come a long way since I last saw them play the House of Blues. They went from an audience of about 15 people to an almost sold out show this time around.  They had two local San Diego bands open the show.  First up was Sledding With Tigers who are pretty much the cutest folk-punk band I’ve ever seen.  Even the count offs to songs were cute “uno, dos, tres, catorce” come on!  They were great at getting the crowd participating, irking the crowd that the non-movers probably shouldn’t be at a show anyway -but in a really really nice way.  You can and should check out their music here.  Weatherbox is awesome.  I mean, any band that lists Kurt Vonnegut as an influence is okay in my book (sorry I had to, I couldn’t help it).  But even if that wasn’t the case Weatherbox is/has been making great music for years even with the loads of lineup changes.  So it didn’t surprise me to see such a lively crowd for them.  Especially towards the end when the pushing started to get crazy and the crowd surfers made their way to the front. That same crowd energy only increased when The Front Bottoms began to play.  It was obvious the whole crowd was as endeared with The Front Bottoms as I was. I’m not sure if it’s Sella’s vocal delivery or the narrative lyrics but there’s something very familiar about The Front Bottoms. Not that they sound like any other band but it almost feels like you’re at a buddy’s house watching friends play.  They started with a song off their newest record Talon of the Hawk called “Skeleton” and then sprinkled older songs in as they went. The crowd at times sang louder than singer Brian Sella, it was a beautiful sight to see.  The Front Bottoms are killing it right now and you should be there to see it -tour dates are here.

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Setlist:
Skeleton
Mountain
Tattooed Tears
Peach
Rhode Island
The Feud
Father
Backflip
Au Revoir
The Beers
Lone Star
Santa Monica
Swimming Pool
I Swear To God The Devil Made Me Do It
Twelve Feet Deep
Funny You Should Ask
Flashlight
Maps
Twin Size Mattress
Bathtub

Thoughts?

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