Interview with Mathew Uychich
of THE FRONT BOTTOMS
Talking all things “GOING GREY”
Following on from their hugely successful major Australian tour earlier this year, New Jersey indie rockers The Front Bottoms have announced the release of their new album Going Grey, for Friday, October 13.
Produced by The Front Bottoms and Nick Furlong at studios in London, Texas, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut, Going Grey is available for pre-order now. The album is heralded by the lead track, Raining, available now at all DSPs and streaming services.
Going Grey finds The Front Bottoms embracing the impermanence of life and finding flexibility in the face of change. Having relocated band headquarters to the coastal New Jersey community of Asbury Park during the demoing stages of the album, Going Grey sees the band acknowledging the nostalgia of simpler times with admiration, while welcoming the inevitable unknowns of life.
Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Brian Sella and drummer Mathew Uychich, the New Jersey-based band made their Fueled By Ramen debut with 2015’s acclaimed studio album, Back On Top, highlighted by singles HELP and Cough It Out – the latter named by NPR Music as one of its “Favorite Songs Of 2015.” The album earned copious critical attention, with NOISEYdeclaring “What really hits home with The Front Bottoms is the ragged honesty and raw wound emotional urgency of the songs.” The A.V. Club praised The Front Bottoms’ “steady maturation,” noting the band had “the confidence to eschew jangling crises for a quieter set of contemplations.” SPIN applauded the album’s “fuller sound,” suggesting, “Signing to Fueled By Ramen gave them the opportunity to further polish their winning melodies and conversational lyrics.”
We had the chance to have a chat with Mathew Uychich (Drummer) from The Front Bottoms.
You guys are releasing your latest album ‘Going Grey’ very shortly through Fueled By Ramen. This is your second major label release, what was it been like for the band to be thrown out to the bigger part of the music world?
Its awesome. It’s like you learn so much from the music industry. Our label; Fueled By Ramen is so awesome. Definitely the best label we’ve ever been on. It’s really great having an awesome label like that that kind of trumps us and lets us do all these wacky ideas and never really cared to give us too much direction. They’re letting us be us so it’s great.
Have you had a chance to meet some of the other bands signed to Fueled By Ramen as well?
Yeah of course. It’ll be like i’m in the city and the president of Fueled By Ramen will be like ‘yo Paramore is playing a secret show, do you wanna go?’ and I’ll be like sure. Things like that happen which is kind of cool. The roster (of bands) on Fuled By Ramen is awesome. Fun is on the label. Paramore obviously as well. Against The Current.
What should fans expect from going grey?
I think that they can expect some newer sounds maybe. I don’t know. I guess they can expect the new Front Bottoms songs; the next wave of them.
Going Grey; Produced by Front Bottoms and Nick Furlong at studios in London, Texas, California, New Jersey, and Connecticut, whats it like being able to create an album all over the world?
It’s sweet. New places; so you’re getting different experiences when you travel to a lot of places and working with different studio people. So different engineers – it kept changing which was cool and the whole time we had Nick with us. I think just the different change of scenery made it great.
Would you say that Going Grey sees the band acknowledging the nostalgia of simpler times with admiration, while welcoming the inevitable unknowns of life.
Yeah so I think that was a bit of it and I think a lot of time just passing and not realise what is going on. That aspect too. Until you’re like see something like your hair going grey and you’re like damn time is going on.
Lets talk music videos for a moment. Within the video for Raining the video (and lyrics for raining) state:
It was raining when they let me out of the hospital
I had nothing in my pockets
Still had the bracelet on
wearing of a hospital band
and then in the video for Vacation Town you see the hospital like wristband again. Was this intentional?
Yes. Yes it was intentional.
So you would say the two songs are linked?
Yeah thats a definite link between the two videos and we had a couple more that continue to connect themes and things.
This is quite a strange question but imaging if Going Grey was just a crayon from a crayon box. Would the colour that best describes the album actually be grey?
Yes it would.
Is there any actual reason behind this?
Grey is just my colour right now.
You’ve toured Australia before. I wanted to know of the aussie snacks you have tried? Or are there some certain snacks you cant wait to get your hands on again.
Yes. A lot. Nothing that I remember. I don’t eat meat. You’ve got good cheese, you’ve got good chippies. I can’t remember what I would get when we stopped at service stations.
Clubs, Theatres or festivals, do you have a preference when you play live shows?
I think my preference for a show would be like 500-1000 people. You get a good vibe when you play to a show like that.
How has your live performances evolved since you first began playing music together?
When we first started playing music our live performances would be anywhere – in a kitchen or a living room; now its evolved a lot. There used to be just two of us and now we have a violinist and a keyboardist, a bass player, a guitar player, a horn section. So we keep expanding and then obviously the production level of the shows have increased.
And one final question before I let you go. What has been you favourite album released in 2017 so far?
So I had someone ask me this question and I said my Spotify has stopped working like a few months ago, so I haven’t really listened to any new music but I do know a few of my friends who have released some awesome new records this year and yeah I don’t really know, I don’t listen to music.
Do you have older preferences that you listen to generally today or just never really have the time?
Over the last couple of days we’ve been listening to a lot of Tom Petty.
Be sure to pick up or stream a copy of Going Grey soon
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