The Front Bottoms released their fantastic debut full-length album this past Tuesday on Bar/None Records and lead singer Brian Sella was kind enough to write-up a Track-By-Track guide for PropertyOfZack to share with fans of the band. The Front Bottoms are definitely a name that you’ll be hearing more of in the future, so be sure to check out their album and to read up on the guide!
It’s not usually our style to tell people what the songs are about it’s more about connecting to the listener and having the listener draw their own conclusions about the meaning. We look at it as a way to vent and once someone hears our music, it becomes a way for the listener to vent about their own shit. It doesn’t matter anymore at that point what the song is written about.
Flashlight - it’s about someone having a hold over you. this is a recurring theme throughout a number of songs on our album. Our favorite line from the song is “I can hear your dog whistle from my bedroom”
Maps - This song is pretty self-explanatory. It’s about the idea of not knowing what’s next. Accepting the fact that your life won’t be as comfortable as everyone makes it out to be when you’re younger. It’s about finding out life is a longer road than you had expected. Favorite line: “Let me be a raft on a blue sea I’ll blend right in”
Looking Like You Just Woke Up - This was the quickest song we wrote. It happens to also be the shortest on the record. Same idea as from Flashlight - just someone having a hold on you. (One of our good friends fell in love with this girl that still had a boyfriend and so in order to make time with the girl, he hung out a lot with the boyfriend and her. He slowly found out that the girl he thought he loved was kind of a bitch and he found that maybe the one he really loved was her boyfriend. They have somewhat of a romantic relationship now. And they are living together.) The vibe of this song comes from that situation. Favorite Line: “It probably won’t get easier, just easier to hide”
Mountain: This song is actually about buying drugs in Pennsylvania. The line was originally “I bought weed. A big bag in Pennsylvania. I’m gonna light it up when I get home to Jersey” We changed it because none of us have bought drugs or smoked ganja. ever. Favorite Line: “They’re gonna ruin my whole summer. Stop taking pictures with your phone. Stop taking pictures with your phone.”