The Front Bottoms “Talon Of The Hawk” Tour with Weatherbox
Mohawk in Austin, TX on June 11th, 2013
Since I first heard The Front Bottom’s extremely quirky yet sharp-tongued self-titled record back in 2011, I’ve been hooked. As a result, I had very high expectations for their follow-up record, Talon Of The Hawk, as well as finally seeing their live show, and both exceeded my wishes completely. Being able to catch Weatherbox – albeit only the end of their set – made the night one for the books, as well.
Although I only caught the end of Weatherbox’s set, I quickly realized exactly why they are the perfect opener for this tour. Like The Front Bottoms, Weatherbox’s extremely sharp witted and equally odd lyrics, some of which are now near classic, had the whole crowd yelling along with their fists in the air. I was very lucky I was able to see “Trippin’ The Life Fantastic,” as the signature guitar riff and ending chant of “I’ve been walking in circles again” proved the perfect start to the night for me.
Honestly, I’m still not sure I’ve ever heard a band like The Front Bottoms. The outlandish lyrics and odd instrument inclusions such as a trumpet and tambourine would normally sound so out of place for most bands, but not with these guys. Their music – both recorded and live – is about as interesting and matchless as it gets. Few bands could open a set with a song that includes the lyric “I’ve got very strong bones” with as much conviction and personality as The Front Bottoms are able to convey.
The band played almost twenty songs, which included almost every song from both their self-titled record and Talon Of The Hawk. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to gauge which songs were “crowd favorites,” as the band fit right in at the small venue in Austin. However, the yelling of “And I will remember that summer / As the summer I was taking steroids / Cause you like a man with muscles / And I like you” probably topped the loud factor. I mean seriously, who thinks of lyrics like that.
The quirkiness of the records transferred wonderfully to the live environment. People were stagediving, crowd surfing, running up on stage, spilling drinks, belting their lungs out. Handclaps and stomping galore occurred throughout the set. It was a mad house in a tiny room. Chaos of an environment mixed with the simplicity of the music. An unexpected match made in heaven? Not sure – but it worked. From the haunting ending of “Swimming Pool” through The Front Bottom’s true masterpiece that is “Twin Sized Mattress” and the song that probably made many of us fall in love with this band (“Flashlight”), the set was one for the books.
Au Revoir (Adios)
Legit Tattoo Gun
Swear To God The Devil Made Me Do It
Funny You Should Ask
Twin Sized Mattress
There’s a reason why Weatherbox has been around for almost a decade and why The Front Bottoms continue to grow and dominate with their uniquely odd and brilliant jams. There are days when I sit and think I’ll never hear another band with the outlandish wit that edges toward some form of brilliance like The Front Bottoms, and I’m fine with that. Let’s embrace it now. Go check out Talon Of The Hawk if you haven’t, and catch this tour if you can.