Recorded in multi-week spurts with producer Mike Sapone, both in The Front Bottoms’ New Jersey studio and Ghost Hit Recording in Massachusetts, You Are Who You Hang Out With features the singles Emotional, Punching Bag and Outlook.
Brooklyn Vegan hailed Outlook as “a crunchy, catchy, power pop-punk song with that distinct Front Bottoms flair,” while UPROXX attested that “‘Emotional’ shows a new direction, forward-looking and ambitious.” “[It’s] all of the best parts of the Front Bottoms’ aesthetic” raved PASTE, and Consequence urged “there’s plenty more classic Front Bottoms to come.”
For New Jersey’s The Front Bottoms, working on new music has always been therapeutic, but on their new album You Are Who You Hang Out With, having complete and utter fun took top priority for the duo of Brian Sella and Mat Uychich. It’s this carefree and laid-back mindset that colored the sessions for You Are Who You Hang Out With. Armed with the duo’s signature anthemic melodies, take-no-prisoners lyrics and tight musical interplay, every spin of the album is a chance to peek behind the curtain at two friends having one hell of a time doing what they do best. “Oh yeah, it had to be fun for us,” says Uychich of the freewheeling, oft-emotional sessions that resulted in You Are You Who Hang Out With. “Also, we said numerous times that we needed to make it sound like The Front Bottoms.” To hear Sella tell it, things had to feel comfortable for he and Uychich. Because, sure, they could get self-serious about their craft. But The Front Bottoms have never been that band. “So we had to keep it natural,” Sella says of the process that resulted in a stunning 10-track album full of explosive hooks and even harder-hitting melodies “Don’t force anything and just let the songs develop the way they develop. That’s just the way it’s meant to be.”
Earlier this week The Front Bottoms kicked off Part 1 of their You Are Who You Hang Out With US Tour featuring special guests Kevin Devine & The Goddamn Band, and tonight they’ll perform a special album release show at Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Part 2 of the tour will feature support from Vundabar and see the band performing two-night stands at Boston’s Roadrunner and Philadelphia’s Franklin Music Hall. Part 3 kicks off on the west coast with Slothrust supporting, and includes stops at Austin’s ACL Live, Nashville’s Marathon Music Works, and concludes with two performances at New York City’s Terminal 5. The band then kick off their 8-date UK tour in Sheffield on the 9th December and finish with their annual Champagne Jam show in London on the 17th December. They will be joined on the tour by special guests We Were Promised Jetpacks. Champagne Jam is the band’s annual festival and the very exciting line up will be announced soon. Tickets are on sale now. For more information visit www.thefrontbottoms.com.
Last year, The Front Bottoms released the Theresa EP, which features the singles More Than It Hurts You and Hello World. The five song collection serves as the third installment of the band’s popular Grandma EP series and features new recordings of never before released fan favorite songs. In addition, The Front Bottoms shared the standalone singles Lover Boy and Voodoo Magic, the latter of which the band enlisted Matt Skiba of Alkaline Trio to play guitar on.
Album Art by Ryan Draybuck
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THE FRONT BOTTOMS 2023 UK LIVE DATES
UK Tour Dates
09/12 – O2 Academy Sheffield, Sheffield
10/12 – Newcastle University Students Union, Newcastle Upon Tyne
11/12 – SWG3, Glasgow
13/12 – Manchester Academy, Manchester
14/12 – Rock City, Nottingham
15/12 – O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol
16/12 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
17/12 – O2 Forum Kentish Town, London (Champagne Jam)