There wasn’t a voice in all of Sunshine Theater that didn’t know every word to every song by The Front Bottoms this past Wednesday. The band from New Jersey headlined following performances by the two openers Diet Cig and Brick + Mortar.
Diet Cig had the crowd dancing right from the start. Front woman Alex Luciano told the audience “I’ve got my dancing shorts on tonight,” and she made brilliant use of them. With Luciano jumping around the stage, the lyrics written for the angsty sex-crazed teen in all of us, and the high energy electric guitar and drumming from the duo’s Noah Bowman, Diet Cig won the hearts of everyone in that audience.
Brick + Mortar followed with a truly performance-based performance that would have been right at home at any music camp’s stage at Burning Man. The band rocked out with heavy guitar and heavy bass while simultaneously orchestrating crowd involvements with massive gloves, crowd surfing on a blow-up mattress, and dancing with signs and green alien blow-up dolls. Fun met rock on the stage during that set, and it set the tone perfectly for the headliners.
When The Front Bottoms emerged from a fog-covered stage, the audience erupted, and continued to erupt throughout the entire set. Crowd surfing and moshing were features from start to end as lead singer Brian Sella owned the stage. The vibrance of the lights echoed the vibrance of each song performed with the flawlessness of a band who truly knows how to put on a show. By the time the ceiling of balloons was released into the crowd everyone other than Sella had lost their voice and had a permanent smile plastered onto their face. The Front Bottoms showed exactly why they have such adoring fans, and the opening acts only made the show better.