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Alex DiVincenzo
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Kicking off the record with the snarky send-off “Au Revoir (Adios)”, it’s evident that Talon of the Hawk isn’t a departure but an extension of their last record. Their ode to marijuana, “Skeleton” is an herb-inspired rock song that’s just begging to become a sing-along staple at their live shows. The driving melody of “Lone Star” begs to be blasted out of the windows of a cross-country road trip. It is this very visceral and tangible sense of imagery that makes The Front Bottoms so relatable and so refreshing. Brian’s trademark stream-of-conscious lyrics is most evident on the seemingly-inspired-by-“La Bamba” track “Back Flip”, which explores regrettable tattoos, the process of breathing, and anticipating the changing of traffic lights. The contemplative and epically soaring “Twin Size Mattress” (the first publically released track from the album) embodies everything that made them such breakthrough artists… the surreal lyrics, Brian’s obtuse phrasing, the fascinatingly intricate guitar melodies, and Mat’s confident drumming. The song’s video – a road film of sorts - begins and ends with their van… the perfect embodiment of their last two years spent on the road, logging in hundreds of show, playing for thousands of fans, traveling countless miles of pavement.

Jun 1 Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ)
Jun 2 Black Cat Backstage (Washington, DC)
Jun 4 The Jewish Mother Backstage (Norfolk, VA)
Jun 5 Local 506 (Chapel Hill, NC)
Jun 6 Roc Bar (Jacksonville, FL)
Jun 7 Wills Pub (Orlando, FL)
Jun 8 Drunken Unicorn (Atlanta, GA)
Jun 10 Fitzgerald’s (Houston, TX)
Jun 11 Mohawk (Austin, TX)
Jun 13 The Rhythm Room (Phoenix, AZ)
Jun 14 House of Blues (San Diego, CA)
Jun 15 Constellation Room (Santa Ana, CA)
Jun 16 Brick & Mortar Music Hall (San Francisco, CA)
Jun 18 Backspace (Portland, OR)
Jun 19 The Vera Project (Seattle, WA)
Jun 21 The Shred Shed (Salt Lake City, UT)
Jun 22 Marquis Theater (Denver, CO)
Jun 23 Jackpot (Lawrence, KS)
Jun 24 The Firebird (St. Louis, MO)
Jun 26 Triple Rock (Minneapolis, MN)
Jun 27 Subterranean (Chicago, IL)
Jun 28 Pike Room @ The Crofoot (Pontiac, MI)
Jun 29 Musica (Akron, OH)
Jun 30 Smiling Moose (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jul 1 The Waiting Room (Buffalo, NY)
Jul 2 Lost Horizon (Syracuse, NY)
Jul 10 The Space (Hamden, CT)
Jul 11 World Café Live (Philadelphia, PA)
Jul 12 Webster Hall (New York, NY)
Jul 13 The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA)

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