First Impressions – The Front Bottoms

By Cherie

The concept is simple. Someone suggests two songs by the same artist and the person who’s turn it is has to listen to each song once and then write up their first impression of the band based on those songs.

Band: The Front Bottoms (suggested by Vasilis)

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Songs: Maps, Twin Size Mattress

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The second Maps started playing I knew I was going to like it. It had an upbeat tempo that drew me in immediately, and I was sold the moment I heard the violin. Vasilis warned me that I was probably going to have the song stuck in my head for days and I have to say he was right. The song was catchy and upbeat, and I liked the way that the song changed tempo throughout, never stagnating. The clapping and group vocals were used effectively to add an extra layer of complexity to the track. The lead singer reminded me a little bit of John Darnielle from Mountain Goats, vocally. Looking at the lyrics as I listened to the song I found a lot there that I could relate to. By the time the song was done I found myself wondering why on earth I hadn’t listened to their music earlier, despite knowing both my brother and Vasilis like the band.

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Twin Size Mattress I loved as well, though I’m glad I started with Maps because that one definitely drew me in a lot quicker. I liked the storytelling aspect of the song. Its a blend of fond memories with some regrets and bitterness mixed in. Its real and honest; not glossing over the bad aspects that make up personal memories, and that’s why I like it.

Overall I really liked this band and will be listening to more of them in the future.

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