Photo by Ian laidlaw
The Front Bottoms have spent the last seven years building up a reputation grassroots style. From self-released albums to unassailable live shows, the New Jersey quartet has garnered praise from journalists and fellow musicians alike. They’ve opened for everyone from Brand New to Say Anything, and completely stole the show at this year’s Skate and Surf Festival. Now, after a pair of acclaimed albums on Bar/None Records, the band is set to make their Fueled by Ramen debut with the September 18th release of their latest LP, Back on Top.
Considering how close to the end of summer Back on Top drops, it’s fitting that the album’s latest single is an ode to summer love. “Summer Shandy” strolls along on staccato guitar notes and a sturdy marching drum, punctuated here and there with the sudden burst of trumpets. Frontman Brian Sella’s rambling lyrical delivery is the song’s true centerpiece, though, as he pines about a romance he knows will never last. “I got a whole list of reasons I should stop before I start,” he sings to himself as much as to the object of his affection. “But the only thing stronger then my head is my heart.”
Take a listen below.
In addition to the track itself, The Front Bottoms have shared an extended video for the song. The 15-minute clip sees the band enjoying and exploring Fairbanks, Alaska, including taking a dip in some hot springs and checking out the nearby Santa Claus village. They even get to meet some local Natives for some dancing and wilderness lessons. Check it out below.