Friday the 13th is supposedly an unpromising date, steeped in superstition and assumed by some to bring bad luck; however, if you're the popular folk-punk band The Front Bottoms, you might be more inclined to make Friday the 13th your lucky day.
On a day that continues to inspire unease and fears of misfortune, the New Jersey-based band dropped their new album, Going Grey, and unveiled the official music video for the single “Peace Sign." You can watch the dramatic Nathan R. Smith-directed video above.
Going Grey, produced by the Front Bottoms and Nick "RAS" Furlong, is the band's fourth full-length studio album and second with major label Fueled By Ramen. Highlighted by the lead tracks “Vacation Town” and “Raining,” Going Grey is the follow-up to 2015's Back on Top (Billboard #32). More confident and secure, the new record is a unique take on the coming-of-age story, depicting the mental leap from feigned adulthood to bona fide adult responsibility, coupled with the resilience necessary to embrace that critical growth while welcoming the inescapable unknowns of life.
Known for his emotionally authentic lyrics, frontman Brian Sella shared insight into how the new LP turned out to be a reflection of his personal life in a press release. “I think that regarding the album, it’s just coming to terms with the fact there’s no choice about growing up. It’s neither good nor bad, happy or sad. It’s just what happens; I do have a lot of grey hair." He summed it up by quoting a line from the new song "Everyone But You": "'It doesn't get worse, it doesn't get better / You just get old, and it lasts forever'...the world doesn’t stop turning, it’s just life.”
Originating from Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey, the Front Bottoms consists of Sella and his long-time friend, and original bandmate, Mathew Uychich (drums). The duo has known each other since they were eight and ten years old, respectively, and have been making music together for a considerable extent of that time, including playing a couple of talent shows in high school. They decided to form a band in August 2007 and left behind careers working in a grocery store (Sella) and landscaping (Uychich), never to look back.
Known for their tireless touring, the Front Bottoms trekked across the U.K. in the summer of 2017 with Blink 182 and Frank Turner. They have also commanded stages at famous festivals including Coachella, Austin City Limits, Panorama and Shaky Knees.
The team is now getting ready to head out for their winter 2017 tour that begins on Oct. 19 and takes them to 28 major U.S. cities, starting with a sold-out show at the iconic House of Blues in Boston. The band will be joined by Basement and Bad Bad Hats. The tour will close out on Nov. 25 at Terminal 5 in New York City.
The duo's excitement for the album and tour are palpable. You can check out The Front Bottoms' complete itinerary below. Tickets are on sale now with all tickets purchased online to receive an instant download of GOING GREY. Select show tickets are available right here on AXS.
The Front Bottoms Going Grey tracklist
01 “You Used To Say (Holy F*uck)”
02 “Peace Sign”
04 “Vacation Town”
05 “Don’t Fill Up On Chips”
06 “Grand Finale”
09 “Far Drive”
10 “Everyone But You”
The Front Bottoms Tour Dates
Oct. 19 - Boston, MA - House of Blues *
Oct. 20 - New Haven, CT - College Street Music Hall *
Oct. 21 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom *
Oct. 22 - Buffalo, NY - Riverworks *
Oct. 24 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore Detroit *
Oct. 25 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues *
Oct. 26 - Chicago, IL - The Metro *
Oct. 27 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues *
Oct. 28 - Columbus, OH - Express Live *
Oct. 29 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant *
Oct. 31 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theater * (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Complex *
Nov. 3 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom *
Nov. 4 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre *
Nov. 6 - San Francisco - The Regency Ballroom * (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 7 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern *
Nov. 10 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues *
Nov. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl *
Nov. 12 - Phoenix, AZ - The Van Buren *
Nov. 14 - Houston, TX - House of Blues *
Nov. 15 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues *
Nov. 16 - Austin, TX - Emo's *
Nov. 18 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade *
Nov. 19 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues *
Nov. 21 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore Charlotte *
Nov. 22 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore Philadelphia *
Nov. 24 - Silver Spring, MD - The Fillmore Silver Spring *
Nov. 25 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 * (Click here for tickets)
* w/ Basement & Bad Bad Hats