Review: The Front Bottoms / ‘Talon of the Hawk’

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The Front Bottoms / Talon of the Hawk / Bar/None Records 

Despite its totally badass title, Talon of the Hawk is an album that doesn’t take itself very seriously. That’s pretty obvious right from the opening song when the chorus belts out “Au revoir!” with the linguistic grace of Brad Pitt’s character in the “Gorlami” scene of Inglourious Basterds. It goes on, “Awe rev wah! You probably don’t even know what that means!”

That opener pretty much sets the tone for the rest of the album. Really, nothing about The Front Bottoms is serious, from their songs about getting high and regrettable tattoos to their goofy delivery. Even their band name lacks seriousness. Hopefully, it is a reference to the phenomena of having a butt so big that you can see it from the front, as Mos Def once brilliantly documented: “I seen her on the ave, spotted her more than once/ Ass so fat that you could see it from the front

Musically, The Front Bottoms are a pretty bare bones operation. The band often tours as a two-piece. And even then, they’re not overreaching with their musical abilities. Their drumkit is usually nothing more than a bass drum and a hi-hat and their guitar work is sometimes just a few notes half-assedly strung together.

But Talon of the Hawk stands out by taking nothing and turning it into a catchy, poppy album that is all kinds of fun. Even if the album isn’t timeless, it will be good for a few summer jams.

 Stream the album below, via Noisey:

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