Words & Photos by Kyle Bergfors

Walking into this show I honestly had next to no idea as to what to expect. I don’t listen to any of these artists and have never seen any of them live either so this was an extremely fresh experience for me. By the end of the night I was sold on the entire line up. From start to finish, each artist brought their own unique musical sound that, while all sounding different, all still blended together extremely well. Kicking off the show was Bad Bad Hats, featuring a low-fi esq vibe, while not extremely energetic, is still insanely catchy and will be stuck in your head for days. Bad Bad Hats released their debut LP back in 2015 so I am sure they will be releasing new music in the near future.

Bad Bad Hats

Following Bad Bad Hats was Basement. I’ve always heard the name Basement being thrown around mainly in the form of my friends within hardcore being huge fans and I honestly understand why now. Basement delivers a melodic hardcore style of punk that brings to mind a nostalgic ‘90s D.I.Y sound. While Basement seems to be the type of band to not tour all that often, when they do tour their fan base definitely makes sure to show them love on every stop of the tour consisting of people chanting along all the words and crowd surfing their way to the front. Even if you are not a fan of Basement, if you have the chance to see them live I highly encourage it.


Last, but not least was The Front Bottoms taking stage. Even though it was starting to get late, no one seemed to care as the crowd began to chant, sing, dance, and bouncing around from start to finish. The Front Bottoms have an extremely dedicated fan base and that was in full view at the show where just the night before the same tour package played to a sold out Metro music hall. Maybe it has to do with that The Front Bottoms rarely playing Chicago, but I believe there is much more to it. From The Front Bottoms’ catchy style of indie rock fused with blends of pop, rock, and punk influences being paired to their witty lyrics that offer an insight into the world, The Front Bottoms leave their fan base more than satisfied and eager for the next time they will playing their city.

The Front Bottoms


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