The Front Bottoms: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (by NPR Music)
When I first saw The Front Bottoms, I was stunned to see 350-plus singing, shouting club-goers repeat verse after complicated verse back at singer Brian Sella. Then it happened again at a hot, sweaty club in Philadelphia, and later in D.C., and then again in Baltimore. The community that’s formed around these songs — as total strangers purge deep emotions in a public space — is a beautiful phenomenon, a testament to the passion and compassion that this band radiates. It speaks to the nerve that’s gets pinged with lines cried out: “I wanna be stronger than your dad was for your mom,” or this phrase in one of 2013’s best songs, “Twin Sized Mattress”:
I wanna contribute to the chaos
I don’t wanna watch and then complain
'Cause I am through finding blame
That is the decision that I have made
And when you hear the uncomplicated but memorable music, you realize that the talent in this band isn’t about instrumental craft and years of playing scales; it’s about the shortest distance in emotion from band to audience. At the Tiny Desk in the bright of day and with office lights on, it was a tough to get the call-and-response effect that happens in a darkened late-night room. But it’s not hard to look at The Front Bottoms’ faces — especially Sella’s sweet smile — and understand this band.
The Front Bottoms’ new album, Talon of the Hawk, will be on my year-end Top 10 list for all these reasons. It’s all about heart and soul — frequently avoided and hard to convey, but tremendously rewarding coming from a band that gets it right.
depression is when you don’t really care about anything
anxiety is when you care too much about everything
and having both is just like whatHaving both is staying in bed because you don’t want to go to school and then panicking because you don’t want to fail. Having both is wanting to go see your friends so you don’t lose them all, then staying home in bed because you don’t want to make the effort. Having both is insanely hard and sucks to deal with.
-rips shirt off-
-runs through the hall naked-
-puts clothes back on-
-is 10 again-
THIS IS EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE
Really hoping this is a legit anime, not a crappy kids cartoon like the Ash one