NJ indie rockers The Front Bottoms come to Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Sept. 15
From a press release:
The five-song collection, led by the single “More Than It Hurts You,” serves as the third installment of the band’s popular “Grandma” EP series and features new recordings of never-before-released fan favorite songs.
During 2014, the guys unveiled the “Rose” EP, named in honor of drummer Mathew Uychich’s late grandmother who passed the same year. Four years later, the “Ann” EP followed, named after guitarist/vocalist Brian Sella’s grandmother. “Theresa” finds them continuing the tradition by reheating tracks from their earliest days and properly releasing them for the first time.
In support of the new recordings, The Front Bottoms will return to the road for a five-week headlining tour across North America with support from special guests The Joy Formidable and Mobley. The new dates are set kick off at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, New York on Sept. 14, followed by the Sherman Theater in Stroudsburg on Thursday, Sept. 15.
For the next two months, they will visit major markets coast to coast, with stops at festivals such as Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois; Ohana Festival in Dana Point, California; and Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas.
Doors at the Sherman (524 Main St., Stroudsburg) open at 7 p.m., and the all-ages concert starts at 8 p.m.
Last month, The Front Bottoms headlined a special sold-out three-show residency at White Eagle Hall in Jersey City. The shows marked their first live performances since the 2021 iteration of their popular year-end bash, Champagne Jam. Last year’s annual holiday festival was held at The Strand in Providence, Rhode Island and saw the duo celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their breakthrough self-titled debut album.
Comprised simply of Sella and Uychich, The Front Bottoms have gripped listeners and press around the world with their ragged honesty and emotional urgency. In 2020, they released the celebrated album “In Sickness & In Flames,” a 12-song collection produced by Mike Sapone (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Boston Manor, Mayday Parade).
NME attested, “‘In Sickness & In Flames’ is a defining work that showcases a sonic universe, rather than a structured set of songs, expertly capturing the inescapable tension of 2020.” A.V. Club declared, “The Front Bottoms are as vibrant as ever on ‘In Sickness & In Flames,’ a reliably great collection of folk punk anthems that rattle the soul with crunchy riffs, electrifying hooks, and Brian Sella’s idiosyncratic lyricism, which remains as amiable as it is anxiety-ridden.” Uproxx added, “‘In Sickness & In Flames’ features the band’s biggest choruses to date, anchored with hooks and deeply personal songwriting that will turn heads,” while The Fader hailed it as “a celebration of sorts for a band perennially on the fringes of a major breakthrough.”
The Alternative detailed, “While ‘In Sickness & In Flames’ was written prior to the pandemic, so much of it feels so tethered to our present collective experience, from the introspection and reflective growth that is showcased in the songwriting, to the sweeping highs and lows of the music itself. This album is the perfect companion piece to the anxiety of standing in the face of uncertainty.”