â€œThese are the songs that people ask for when weâ€™re on tour,â€ says vocalist/guitarist Brian Sella of The Front Bottoms, about their new six-track Rose EP (Bar/None Records); â€œTheyâ€™re songs that were either weâ€™ve played live at shows or weâ€™ve had kicking around that we couldnâ€™t let go of.â€ A collection of some of the best tracks of their career so far, named after drummer Mathew Uychichâ€™s grandmother Rosemary, Rose marks the first in a series of EPs named after their grandmothers which they plan on releasing in the future. â€œThese songs were also Matâ€™s grandmother Rosemaryâ€™s favorite songs,â€ he explains. â€œSo it was kinda fittin that we named this EP Rose.â€ Launching the CD with the crowd pleaser â€œFlying Model Rockets,â€ it kicks off with an epic and bombastic bang. Epic and conversational, the track propels listeners through their trademark clever lyrics have started massive sing-alongs at their live shows. â€œLipstick Covered Magnetâ€ and â€œBe Nice To Meâ€ continue the punk thematics while the moody and introspectiveâ€œAwkward Conversationsâ€ projects the tension of a relationship on the verge of collapse. The immediate smiling infectiousness of â€œ12 Feet Deepâ€ posits the story right in the middle of that precarious time between high school and college when kids have to confront a wider world. The first song and video released â€œJim Bogartâ€ puts Brian in the uneviable position of pining for a girl who doesnâ€™t reciprocate his feelings.
The band have also released a video for the song “Jim Bogart,” which is from the upcoming EP.