A funny thing about mosh pits: the people in the middle of them are the nicest people you’ll ever meet in your life. I bent down to tie my shoe, and people made sure I wasn’t trampled and then applauded my freshly-tied sneakers. The only downside is that I was unable to take any videos, which sucks for all of you readers, because the New Jersey-based band’s live show is inexplicably energetic.
Last night YGM visited downtown Manhattan’s famed Bowery Ballroom to see one of my personal favorite bands ever: The Front Bottoms. The venue’s 550-person capacity pretty much ensures an intimate show with dedicated fans who know every word, and last night was no exception. From the goofy opening involving an inflatable snowman and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to the shout-along lyrics closing out the band’s own “Twin Size Mattress,” the small room shook with the force of the sing-a-long vibe.
Lead singer Brian Sella kept the crowd amused with commentary, notably when he introduced the song “Father” by telling the crowd it was his dad’s birthday and then saying “This next song goes out to him.” I was also ecstatic that the band played a couple of older songs: “More Than It Hurts You” from My Grandma Vs. Pneumonia and “Taking My Uzi to the Gym” from their first album I Hate My Friends.
After the show, I discovered that I had lost my jacket, which I must confess I’m quite broken up about. However, the silver lining is that I stuck around for so long looking for it that I was among the last to leave. So when a man came down and said “Brian is signing things outside,” I was more than happy to meet a huge idol of mine. I got my vinyl copy of The Front Bottoms signed and he even apologized for not playing “Twelve Feet Deep (an older song which YGM resident Front Bottom fans were requesting all night).” Apology accepted Brian. Apology accepted.