LIVE: The Front Bottoms, o2 Institute, Birmingham (26/2/18)

US indie-rock outfit The Front Bottoms brought their live show to Birmingham as the band marks a decade since the release of their first album.

A committed and loyal crowd lapped up their performance with plenty of jumping around and dancing throughout – even at the back of the room it felt like the ground was shaking.

Frontman Brian Sella interacted well with the crowd between songs, thanking them for coming out to see them on a cold February night. The crowd was predominantly young, largely early 20s, and with lots of enthusiastic singing along – and a fair bit of crowdsurfing for good measure.

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The Front Bottoms, Birmingham, 26/2/18 (photo: Arta Gailuma)

The three-piece – which, along with Sella, includes Mathew Uychich on drums and Tom Warren on guitar and vocals – is bolstered on the road with the added assistance of Jenn Fantaccione on various instruments including violin and trumpet, Roshane Karunaratne on keys, and Erik Kase Romero on bass. It’s a set-up that gives them a rich, beefy sound on stage.

Sella’s inimitable style – together with the energy and interaction of their show – makes for a highly entertaining and totally fun show, with a infectious sound and very honest, conversation-like song lyrics that deliver a truly feelgood vibe.

Review & Photos: Arta Gailuma

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