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An indie band from Bergen County, New Jersey. Originally formed in 2006 as a three piece consisting of guitarist/singer Brian Sella, drummer Mathew Uychich, and keyboardist Brian Uychich. Since 2010, the band has officially consisted of just Brian Sella and Mat Uychich. They currently play and tour with Tom Warren and Ciaran O'Donnell. They’re notable for their somewhat humorous self-deprecating lyrics, using voicemails from friends in their songs, and being from Jersey.

They've released three albums and an EP on Hoboken label Bar/None Records, 2011's the Front Bottoms, 2013's Talon of the Hawk, 2014's EP "Rose", and 2015's "Back On Top". Prior to signing, they self-released 2 eps and 2 full-lengths.


The band provides examples of:

  • All Drummers Are Animals: Mat might use a pretty basic drum kit, but he plays pretty rough. He also has a tendency to make makeshift drums from whatever's around
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Brian takes his shoes off before every show and plays in his socks
  • Genre-Busting: Good luck figuring out how to label them beyond just indie (The Other Wiki labels them as “acoustic-dance-indie-punk”). Almost every time they’re asked to describe their music, they come up with something different
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Brian and Mat. They've lived together, worked together, slept in the same bed, are completely comfortable more or less cuddling, and talk very fondly of one another in interviews. Mat even has a tattoo of Brian’s face (from their album cover) on his chest
  • I Am the Band: Averted. Despite the fact Brian is both the singer and lyricist, Mat still tends to get represented a lot (even if he doesn't talk much) and contributes a lot to songwriting. Tom and Ciaran also tend to get significant air time as of late
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  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: What their self-released albums have become. I Hate My Friends and My Grandma vs. Pneumonia are relatively easy to find, but Brothers Can’t Be Friends and their assorted extra songs can be more difficult. Recently, fans have been setting up folders on sites like Mediafire or uploading the albums to Youtube to help people locate them
  • Old Shame: Most of their self-released material seems to be this. The only songs they’re likely to ever play from anything prior to Slow Dance to Soft Rock/the Front Bottoms are "12 Feet Deep", "Flying Model Rockets", and maybe "More Than It Hurts You"
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Some fans can be pretty insistent about spelling Mat's name as Mathew/Mat, not Matthew/Matt. He doesn't seem to care

Their music provides examples of:

  • AcCENT upon the Wrong SylLABle: The combination of Brian’s North Jersey accent and his tendency to elongate words can lead to this, especially in live performances where he changes lines without changing the music
  • Archnemesis Dad: In Father "I have this dream where I am hitting my dad with a baseball bat// And he is crying and screaming for help// and maybe halfway through it becomes more about me killing him// Than it ever did protecting myself"
  • Audience Participation: A few songs, most notably the chorus to "The Beers", where Brian tends to let the crowd sing over him. There's even hand gestures. "Maps" gets handclaps
  • Cluster F-Bomb: The speaker in the voicemail in the bridge of "Swimming Pool" manages to drop the F-bomb in some form or another about 14-15 times in roughly 30 seconds
  • Coming-Out Story: According to this article, it's the inspiration for "Hooped Earrings", though it’s not totally overt
    • "This is about a friend of mine that asked me to be there with her when she came out to her mother"
  • Gratuitous Foreign Language: The narrator of "Au Revoir (Adios)" uses basic French to try and insult the woman in the song (by implying she's stupid). She proceeds to throw it right back at him, but with Spanish
  • Long Title: "The Boredom Is The Reason I Started Swimming. It's Also The Reason I Started Sinking", "I Swear To God the Devil Made Me Do It"
  • Lyrical Shoehorn: The structure of the songs seems to be 'finish the music, then jam the lyrics in'
  • Non-Appearing Title: On their self-titled: "Looking like You Just Woke Up", "The Boredom Is The Reason I Started Swimming. It's Also The Reason I Started Sinking.", "Legit Tattoo Gun", "Hooped Earrings". On Talon there's "The Feud", "Lone Star", "Backflip"
    • Bathtub, which repeatedly uses shower instead of bathtub
  • One-Word Title: "Flashlight", "Maps", "Mountain", "Father", "Bathtub", "Skeleton", "Peach", "Backflip"
  • Rock-Star Song: Both “The Boredom Is The Reason…” and “Twin Size Mattress” are at least partially about touring and being in a band, but subvert this. The first talks about being stuck in a foreign country during the holidays alone due to touring. The second references the poor conditions they usually find themselves while on tour and how touring affects relationships
  • Rule of Pool – The music video for "Swimming Pool" opens with Brian pushes Mat into a dirty pool, clothes and all
  • Sex as Rite-of-Passage – A darker take in "The Cops"
    • "The first time I had sex it was a stranger in a bathroom. My friends were right, and since that day it's felt the same."
  • Stalker with a Crush: one way to interpret the opening lines of Flashlight
    • "Please fall asleep so I can take pictures of you and hang them in my room"
  • Unrequited Love: The bridge of "Swimming Pool", with the narrator being aware of it, but confused as to why they would be in love with him in the first place
    • "How low is your self-esteem, and how low could it possibly be? And I know, I know, you're in love with me and I've been ignoring you
  • Women Prefer Strong Men: "The Beers": "and I will remember that summer as the summer I was taking steroids, 'cause you like a man with muscle, and I like you"


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