[Interview] The Front Bottoms Chat at Bonnaroo
This past weekend Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival took Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee by a storm. Famous artists like The Weeknd, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and U2 took to the main stage for nights loaded with music. One of the best things about Bonnaroo are seeing the opening acts on What Stage, and this year did not disappoint. For their first Bonnaroo ever, The Front Bottoms performed at Bonnaroo with a satisfying set that had a great turnout. We had the opportunity to chat with them while at ‘Roo, and these guys don’t disappoint.
“First time ever. It felt very positive.”
And positive it was. The group took to the stage with a strong start opening with “Skeleton.” On the very center of the stage was a long white couch where one lonely man sat. During the course of their set this guy never once moved. Even when someone is a giant teddy bear costume walked out and sat next to him, nothing changed.
“We just have a couch guy who comes out and sits. So we couldn’t do without him.”
“He’s the best in the business. We sought him out. We found him, he’s the best guy. And now he’s part of our group.”
The crowd was full of people with totems dancing. Even out in the beating sun, there were people giving it their all. We sang to the songs and danced to the music. Fans began to crowd surf to the front of the stage. At some point, a running make-shift circle pit of totems sprung up in the very center of the crowd. At one point Brian Sella brought out a Coors Light on stage, despite the blazing sun and suffocating heat, and shot-gunned a beer.
“One thing we forget? Our dignity.”
“And probably our toothbrush.”
They sang us “Get Numb”, which is their most recent track about the frustration of today’s world. The band kept telling us just a few more songs, but no one wanted it to end.
“We wish more people would like us.”
But we do. We do like you. When their set closed with “Au Revoir (Adios)” I was legitimately disappointed that it was over, as were many others. We all wandered onto the next show. I, for one, would love to see a headlining tour with The Front Bottoms and I know they would, too. Their performance brought such a quirky accepting vibe to Bonnaroo, and they fit right in.
You can check The Front Bottom's upcoming tour dates and cities here.
Photos by Sidney Spear for Bullet Music.