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London, United Kingdom
The Front Bottoms
“This is a pop soundtrack for learning to live in the moment.” – Los Angeles Times
“… one of the leading lights of the New Jersey pop underground.” - The Newark Star-Ledger
“NJ’s best acoustic/indie/pop act” - NJ Underground
“Simply put, The Front Bottoms play an eager and honest brand of indie rock/punk. They are catchy and accessible but they are simultaneously punk as hell…” - AbsolutePunk
”… what guitarist/vocalist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich lack in bluster and dissonance, they make up for with lingering hooks and magnetic charm.” - Alternative Press
“The Front Bottoms is an out-of-left-field candidate for the best debut album of 2011.” - All Music Guide
“Disc of the Week… an indie pop sound similar to that of Piebald with the vocal styling of Say Anything.” - The Aquarian Weekly
“a promising debut boasting the inspired goofiness of a latter-day Jonathan Richman.” - DRUM Magazine
“… the album is endlessly fascinating.” - The Daily News “Top Ten of 2011”
”The young duo’s smart, irreverent, self-titled debut strikes a deft balance between the comical and the emotional…” - NPR
“quirky, endearing and unapologetically unpolished duo” - The Bergen Record
“Band to Watch in 2011… I am almost certain that the Front Bottoms will remember this Summer as the Summer their careers finally took major flight.” - The Indie Post
“…quirky love songs with dollops of synths, trumpet, and strings that command your attention” - The Jersey Journal
The state of power pop and pop-punk lately has made me feel a little disappointed. While I can appreciate a good recording and sometimes glossy tracks can still work, I am starting to grow tired of the monotony. Countless bands keep churning out the same shit album after album and occasionally songs are over polished to the point of stripping away the personality. The only thing that keeps me from entirely losing faith within that genre are the bands that thrive on the fringes of the mainstream and can appreciate the fact that a little roughness and imperfection add personality to a song. The fuzzy and rough-around-the-edges pop found on Cheap Girls’ debut Find Me A Drink Home is the perfect antidote for my indifference towards the genre. Buzzing guitars, earnest vocals, and relatable lyrics are what fuel Cheap Girls' energetic debut effort. While Cheap Girls' album may be a breath of fresh air and a welcome listen to those who loved the raw and sloppy tendencies of 90’s indie and alternative, those who prefer the cleaner production of today’s pop-punk and power pop bands may want to stay away. - AbsolutePunk
One of the beautiful things about huge music festivals like SXSW is that they bring a lot of really incredible bands out of the woodwork that you might never have been exposed to otherwise. Music is promoted, buzz is generated, shows are seen, more buzz, more shows, repeat forever.
Incredible Band No. 1 on my list to see this year is Cheap Girls, an Indie-punk-lo-fi-garage-college-rock-noise-pop three-piece from Lansing, Michigan. Okay, so I don’t know exactly how to categorize them. But who says you need to categorize good music? As you might have guessed from the title, their sound reminds me a little of Dinosaur Jr. à la J Mascis & co., but it’s not a straight comparison by any means and I really just wanted to use the word “dinosaur” in one of my reviews.
In all seriousness, Cheap Girls have taken the chapter of angst-fueled alternative rock made popular by Dinosaur Jr., The Lemonheads, Superchunk, and other similar acts from the late ’80s and ’90s and modernized it, while still retaining some wonderful ’90s flair. Let me make this clear: this is the exact kind of band I want to be in. The sheer amount of sound generated by just three guys is pretty super impressive; energetic drums, monstrous distorted melodic guitar, and unassuming earnest vocals create the perfect recipe for a soundtrack to Windows Down Because The Weather Just Took An Amazing Turn For The Better. Which, coincidentally, is the exact environment in which I introduced myself to Cheap Girls. It’s the “power chill aesthetic,” a phrase that I just made up but that also seems to fit perfectly in this instance. It allows members Ben Graham, Ian Graham, and Adam Aymor to go as energetic as possible without sounding over-the-top or melodramatic, and it also makes you air drum voraciously in public without caring what people think. - By Matt Jones of Mattneric.com
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