"It was surreal to be walking down Mark Hoppus' driveway to go have a barbecue with him."
Eleven years ago, The Front Bottoms were the sort of band that’d travel to play some kid’s dorm room. Today, Brian Sella and Mat Uychich are probably still down with dorm shows -- in principle, at least -- but their prospects have grown somewhat. They spent their summer playing arenas with Blink-182 and recently released the witty, hook-filled Going Grey, their second LP for Fueled By Ramen. They’re an indie rock band with a pop-punk heartbeat, and thanks to years of keeping it real, the size of their cult fan base regularly confounds outsiders.
“I've been saying this thing: ‘You are who you hang out with,’" Sella proclaims, reflecting on the crazy, utterly unique projection of the past decade-plus. “That’s what I’ve realized as I’ve gotten older -- that’s what it comes down to… Keeping in touch with people that are cool and doing creative things.”
On this week’s #AlternativeFacts, the singer-guitarist tells his story, a DIY how-to guide on how he and Uychich built the legend of Front Bottoms. It all really comes back to that mantra, the one you see in the headline above.