The Front Bottoms is a name that I have recognized for years, but it wasn’t until very recently when I finally gave their discography a fair chance. In fall 2017, the indie rock band set off on a U.S. headlining tour in support of their latest release, Going Grey. Accompanying the band were supporting acts Basement and Bad Bad Hats.
The band played two dates in the city of Chicago, and luckily, I was able to catch the first show at Metro Chicago on October 26. Despite the fact that I was only familiar with about 75% of the songs, the band clearly performed both an extensive and eclectic setlist—something that every concert-goer would agree is crucial for having a good time.
The first song of the setlist was “You Used to Say (Holy Fuck)”, which is also the opening track to Going Grey. The crowd’s energy was high from the start, with everyone belting out the lyric, “Holy fuck, I’m about to die” at the beginning of the chorus. A few songs later, they played what is possibly my personal favorite The Front Bottoms song— “Maps,” a track featured on their self-titled album. The strings at the very beginning is what makes the song immediately recognizable, as well as the quick-paced and catchy verses that makes everyone in the room want to sing along. Other songs played from the fan-favorite self-titled include “The Beers”, “Flashlight” and “Father”.
Another highlight of the set was the quirky song, “Au Revoir”, one that the audience had a fun time singing along to. Towards the end of the night, the last few songs of the set list included fan-favorite “Twin Size Mattress,” as well as a new song, “Grand Finale.” In fact, “Grand Finale” is my favorite track from Going Grey. While I would definitely say it is one of the band’s most radio-friendly songs due to its gang-like vocals and various instrumentals, the catchy lyrics is what makes it so enjoyable to listen to. To end the night, the band performed a three-song encore: “Twelve Feet Deep”, “Lipstick Covered Magnet”, and the new and upbeat, “Ocean”. After giving the band’s discography a few listens prior to the show and having the opportunity to see the band perform live, The Front Bottoms definitely puts on a show that any indie music fan will enjoy.
Check out some pics of the show from our very own Annayelli Flores below!