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The Front Bottoms @ Maxwells 1.28.12 (show review, video)

(Photo from 2011)

The Front Bottoms

By: Terrance Pryor

What a difference a year can make. The Front Bottoms returned home to a sold out crowd at Maxwell's on Saturday ending their East Coast tour with Mansions.

Mansions, solo project of singer songwriter Christopher Brower, started off the evening with a delectable live set. Brower & Co. will be back in the area with A Great Big Pile of Leaves on March 3rd at Knitting Factory and March 4th at Asbury Lanes.

Brick & Mortar were up next and turned heads with their intriguing mix of indie rock and samples. Vocalist Brandon Asraf got the crowd amped up while balloons and glitter flowed through the venue. The duo released "Heatstroke" back in October. You can pick it up at a name-your-own-price here.

One year ago, The Front Bottoms played at Maxwell's after a snowstorm hit the area. Many things have happened to the band since that show and their sold-out performance on Saturday was sort of a "Thank you" to all of their fans, old and new.

Before their set, the band got dressed for the occasion... by putting on dresses. After the wardrobe change, the band opened with "Flashlight" from their self-titled album and kept the energy going. The sold out crowd sung along to every word as if it were their last.

During "The Beers", drummers from Brick and Mortar and Mansions took the stage for a triple dose of drumming. For the encore, the band performed "Flying Bottle Rockets" which was the first song they performed at their Maxwell's show a year ago.

You can check out some video from the show below. Be sure to pick up The Front Bottoms' self-titled album (released on NJ label Bar None Records) on iTunes.