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Review Sun Nov 01 2015

The Front Bottoms Threw a Halloween Champagne Jam at Bottom Lounge

Cham•pagne Jam.

/Sham'pan Jam/


An event made up by the Front Bottoms during which each band member begins the concert with a full bottle of champagne. The show only ends when all the champagne bottles have been drained.

The Front Bottoms played their sold out Halloween show at Bottom Lounge in style last night dressed to the nines, with guitarist Ciaran O'Donnell in a soft serve onesie costume, bassist Tom Warren in a whipped cream onesie, drummer Mat Uychich dressed as a pink cupcake and lead singer Brian Sella as a sprinkle donut.

The foursome started the night rolling by taking to the stage in their confectionery costumes and toting a champagne bottle apiece. Sella explained to the crowd, "So this is a champagne jam. We're each going to drink from our champagne bottles, and the show doesn't end until we finish." They started things off with "Be Nice" from the 2014 release Rose followed by "Flashlight" from their self-titled 2011 album. They moved into their newest album, the 2015 release Back on Top with "HELP" and "Cough It Out" and then took us back with "Au Revoir" from 2013's Talon of the Hawk.

Sella took a short break from the music to show off the foursome's pumpkin carving chops, displaying a nice looking pumpkin with the Front Bottoms logo, which he promptly turned upside down and managed to wedge his head into. Extracting himself from it, the crowd started up a chant of "Smash it! Smash it! Smash it!" Sella promised that the pumpkin would be smashed by the end of the night (the only disappointing moment of this show was that this promise never came to fruition) but that we'd need to wait for it.

"This one is dedicated to everyone telling me to smash the pumpkin" Sella said, as he launched into "The Plan" which begins with, "I f***ing hate the comments, why do you feel you have to talk? Nobody asked for your opinion."

Working their way through their champagne bottles throughout the night Sella explained pointing to bassist Tom Warren, "Last time we had a champagne jam was for this guy's birthday. And he decided to chug his champagne. And as he was puking in the parking lot afterwards all he could get out was 'no pictures! No pictures! So let's maybe not chug this time."

The group worked their way through "Funny You Should Ask" and "Historic Cemetery" during which New Jersey rapper GDP dressed as Gumby made a guest appearance to rap the ending to the song.

The foursome ended things with "Skeleton", "Summer Shandy", "Wolfman", "Plastic Flowers", and "West Virginia" (making it through most of the new album) and wrapping up in a beautiful culmination of crowd surfing, dancing and yelling with the classic "Twin Mattress."

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john / November 2, 2015 12:06 AM

The pumpkin was made by a fan - Noah Gershenson who brought it all the way from the U.P.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

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