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Live Review: The Front Bottoms @ Fillmore Charlotte

The Front Bottoms, with openers Mobley and The Joy Formidable brought a vibratnt show to the Fillmore in Charlotte earlier this week.


Mobley took to the stage first wearing a television on his head and launched into an incredible one-man performance as he moved flawlessly from instrument to instrument. As a performer, he was generous with his audience engagement and had the crowd captured almost immediately. Like a breath of fresh air, his music was invigorating to witness live.

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable was up next and they brought a solid, action-packed set of pulsing reverb and powerful vocals. As they tore through hits like "Whirring" and "Y Bluen Eira" the crowd never stopped bopping along. Their chemistry on stage was palpable through their banter between songs as well as the sheer magnitude of each member's talent. Their fifth and latest album Into the Blue was released last month and is chock full of beautiful melodies.

It was time for The Front Bottoms to take the stage and crowdsurfers immediately began keeping venue security on their toes. Lively and beautifully off-kilter, the New Jersey band launched into a healthy setlist that included hits like "Twin Size Mattress" as well as newer cuts like pop-tinged ballad "More Than It Hurts You" from their recently released EP Theresa.

The Front Bottoms

With each band member bringing their own unique energy to the stage, they worked together flawlessly to give their fans everything they could have wanted from a TFB show. Singer Brian Sella's eccentric vocals seemed to explode out of him onstage much to the delight of fans reaching out across the barricade. The enthusiasm from the crowd never waned throughout the set as they shouted every heart-wrenching word with complete fervor. Live music at its best, The Front Bottoms gave a performance full of raw emotion and energy that was returned to them tenfold from their dedicated fans.

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Photos by Keira Lindgren


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