The Front Bottoms were making a stop at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago on their most recent tour, which coincidentally also fell on Halloween, so I knew I had to make it to this show. I’ve seen the Front Bottoms a few times, and each time they’ve blown me away with just how fun their shows can be, which made the fact that it was Halloween all the more interesting.
I missed openers Elvis Depressedly and most of the Smith Street Band due to some unfortunate circumstances with public transportation, but the little I did catch was pretty cool. The crowd was getting pretty rowdy and the room was full while the Smith Street Band was playing.
I didn’t think it was possible for the room to fit any more people, but as soon as the Front Bottoms got onstage, it was suddenly way more packed with people dressed in a variety of different Halloween costumes. The band opened with an older song off of 2008’s I Hate My Friends called “Be Nice To Me,” which was also re-released on the band’s latest EP, Rose. A majority of the songs they played were off their newest release, Back On Top, which came out earlier this year. They also played songs off their self-titled and Talon Of The Hawk. They played a few covers as well, one with a very drunk GDP dressed up as Gumby. They ended their set with an encore consisting of “Twelve Feet Deep,” “West Virginia” and “Twin Size Mattress”.