In the van with The Front Bottoms

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Just got back from interviewing The Front Bottoms at their show with Kevin Devine at The End in Nashville. This was a brilliant show. For those of you who have been with me from the beginning, you will remember I interviewed The Front Bottoms back in November. I also met Kevin Devine a few years ago when he opened (with Mansions– see my interview with them as well!) for The Get Up Kids.

I drove nine hours to see this show. The drive got a little rough, and I started to think it might have been a bad idea. However, as soon as the show started, I knew that it was worth it. Completely.

The Front Bottoms are blowing up. The crowd was full of obsessed fans screaming and dancing along. I was one of them. Front row. Knew all of the words. Fan.

So was Kevin Devine. He spent a great deal of the show standing off-stage, singing along enthusiastically.

They played a new song, Twelve Feet Deep. It was completely true to their style and got me mega-pumped for their new album. They’ve definitely got a lot more to offer, and I’m looking forward to hearing it.

After their set, Kevin Devine came on. My friend, Regan, and I met up with Matt and Brian (The FBs) to set up the interview (after we watched Kevin’s set, of course).

Kevin played pretty much all of my favorites (hard to choose- everything that he does is gold), and the crowd was completely enraptured.

Once the show was over, Matt and Brian went to help load and then came back to bring Regan and I into the van for the interview.

It went great. These two guys are what every band should be- they are mega-talented, they love what they do, and they do not take it or themselves too seriously. They are just thrilled to be sitting in their cramped van talking about music and playing shows with great artists like Kevin Devine every night.

Towards the end of the interview, Matt gave me the scoop on what is next for the band. Touring for the summer and recording a new album. Perfect answer- exactly what I wanted to hear. I will be there, even if I have to drive another nine hours (let’s hope it doesn’t come to that).



Emily is an over-enthusiastic lover of music, books, movies, fashion, and culture in general. Her love of music spans across all genres (what is a genre anymore? she waxes poetic to herself), though she was nursed on true punk and will never understand “redneck country” music – tractors are not and cannot be sexy. Emily currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and considers herself to be a great wit, though she is still waiting on validation from a credible source.


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