The Front Bottoms
The Front Bottoms
with support from Oso Oso and Sydney Sprague
The Van Buren
Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
About Oso Oso
Originally Oso Oso was solely the work of Lilitri, who wrote and released an EP, 2014’s Osoosooso, and an album, 2015’s Real Stories of True People, Who Kind of Look Like Monsters…, through Soft Speak Records. Wanting to embark on more ambitious tours, Lilitri enlisted a full band to join him, including the addition of Aaron Wims on drums. Subsequently, the band took part in the recording of The Yunahon Mixtape in 2017 and sophomore full-length album Basking in the Glow in 2019, the latter of which saw release through Triple Crown Records.
About Sydney Sprague
sydney sprague is making music for the end of the world.
the 29-year-old singer/songwriter, now a resident of phoenix, arizona, was encouraged by her parents to pursue songwriting early-on. she spent her formative years daydreaming alone in her room (decorated lovingly with britney spears and *nsync posters) and unknowingly incubating a talent that would ultimately lead to her future music career.
backed by familiar-yet-surprising hooks and hard-hitting, topical lyrics, sprague’s songwriting continues to evolve. with eyes on contemporaries like her 90’s idols, notably avril lavigne, she flawlessly carries that same fire, creativity, and wit into her 2021 release – maybe i will see you at the end of the world.
sprague knew exactly who she wanted to produce her next record: sam rosson (death cab for cutie, mac miller, pedro the lion) at hall of justice (seattle, wa). the album creates a world of sprague’s own creation: every detail, down to the apocalyptic artwork, was deliberately painted so that the disparate parts become most vibrant when viewed as a whole.
though not birthed in 2020’s quarantine, the album goes a long way towards helping listeners deal with our new reality. that’s because sprague can only be authentic: “maybe i will see you at the end of the world is my bucket list all checked off. it was my life goal to make this album at this studio with these people, and now that it’s done, and in your hands/ears – i can breathe easy.”
sprague announced that she had signed with rude records in october 2020. with an exciting team by her side she released two singles – “i refuse to die” and “steve” – both of which received a sweeping of support from the press, notably landing features in substream, refinery29, npr, uproxx, gig goer, alternative press, rock sound, and phoenix new times. Praised sprague’s outspoken lyrics and mature sound, declaring that the record is perfect “for those in the mood for some introspective indie rock by someone who isn’t afraid of speaking out” and calling ‘steve’ “your next must-listen.”