Meet The Band: The Front Bottoms


FOLLOWING the release of their recent album Back On Top, The Front Bottoms are out on tour and play Cardiff’s Globe on this evening. The gig will reflect the album which is both full of departures and a continuation of the work The Front Bottoms have been building on for years.

Brian Sella (vocals/guitar) and Mat Uychich (drums) have put together a vibrant array of new material with band mates Tom Warren (bass) and Ciaran O’Donnell (guitar, horns, keyboards).

Formed in New Jersey, The Front Bottoms have garnered critical acclaim thanks in part to a never ending tour schedule and a prolific run of releases beginning with their acclaimed 2011 self-titled debut. Andy Howells recently put questions to the band.


How did you come together as a band?
Boredom, and writing songs together was always fun.

How would you describe your music? And how does the recent album differ from your previous records?
I’d say our music is for a good time. I suppose the most recent album differs from previous albums because we have grown older, experienced more and been inspired in new ways.

Who are your musical inspirations?
The Beastie Boys.

Can you tell us about your current release?
Sure. The album is called Back on Top. It was released in September 2015 and I really enjoy playing these songs live.

What’s been your live show highlight so far?
Our fans. They are the best.

What can we expect from your forthcoming Cardiff gig?
A great great night. I can’t wait.

What can we expect from you in the future?
Hopefully more albums and that we keep being able to go on tour.

  • A version of this Q&A appeared in The South Wales Argus entertainment supplement The Guide on February 5, 2016.
  • Andy Howells is a freelance entertainment writer.

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