After over a month on the road with Basement and Bad Bad Hats, New Jersey natives The Front Bottoms said farewell to the Going Gray tour with a sold out show at Terminal 5 in New York, NY. The bubbly indie trio Bad Bad Hats kicked off the show, the whole crowd dancing and clapping along, even though many were unfamiliar with the band. From the first note, the energy in the room felt contagious. After a short but vibrant set, Basement took the stage. Playing favorites from all three of their full length albums, including their most recent release Promise Everything, the UK emo band kept the energy high. Crowd surfers were constantly trying to make their way up front, the whole crowd screaming along every word.
Touring on their new album Going Gray, The Front Bottoms finally capped off the night with a high-spirited and dynamic set. Just before they stepped on stage, the lights dimmed, with VHS clips of a mannequin on the beach playing on the big screens on either side of the stage. Ocean sounds echoed, and the crowd of nearly 4000 people started chanting “TFB! TFB!” until the band walked out, kicking off their set with “You Used To Say (Holy Fuck)”. Everyone was on their feet all night, singing and dancing and crowdsurfing until the very end. They played old favorites including “Au Revoir (Adios)”, “Skeleton”, and “12 Feet Deep”, as well as many new tracks such as “Peace Sign” and “Vacation Town”. Throughout the entire hour-and-a-half set, there wasn’t a single dull moment.
The Front Bottoms put on some of the most joyful and exciting shows this scene has to offer, and their dedicated fans reciprocate the energy the band puts out. On this particular tour, each band brought something a little different to the table, their different styles fused together by their flawless ability to entertain and connect with a crowd. The night was certainly one to remember, and the perfect way to celebrate the release of Going Gray and the month-long tour supporting it. Going Gray is out now on Fueled By Ramen Records.