The Front

The Front

BandAlternativeRock

The Front is anti-bullshit. We are inspired by Failure and failure, all that is sonic, our separation from youth and Sonic Youth. We don't listen to the radio and try diligently to remain outside of our own heads but we cry everytime we hear Radiohead.

Biography

THE FRONT
www.thefrontiscoming.com www.myspace.com/thefrontiscoming

"This buzzworthy trio churns out beautifully fuzzy, thundering rock, with adhesive riffs and emotive vocals which range from raw and delicate to powerfully full-throttled. Definitely keep an eye on these guys. And girl." - Alie Ward of the LA Weekly

"Very, very cool stuff." - Mark Sovel, Music Director, Indie 103.1, FM Los Angeles

"Lyrics of alienation, suspense, and despair, reminiscent of Nirvana's "Incesticide" or the Pixies--it strikes and electrifies... Beautiful, painful, enticing, magnetic, and unpredictable--songs made for usurping." - Jenn Kirchoff of Racket Magazine

"Fucking awesome." - Chuck P., DeeJay, "Dead Air", Indie 103.1 FM, Los Angeles

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Summer, 2005: Michael Bauer is offered a job for $90,000 a year on the conditions that he stay in St. Louis, Missouri, and cut his hair. Instead, the mild-mannered and level-headed guitarist asks his boss to please fuck off, and moves to Los Angeles to form a rock band. The Front is that band.

Michael (guitar/vocals), Kelly (drums), and Nico (bass) first met outside the infamous Echo nightclub in Echo Park, CA. Sharing an acerbic wit and common interests in hard distortion, melodic beauty, and fearless sincerity, the three soon found themselves sequestered in Michael's Silverlake practice space near the Elliott Smith wall on Sunset Blvd.

After a few months of dedicated rehearsal and occasional beer drinking, they booked their first gig at the Silverlake Lounge, opening for Future Pigeon; 150 people witnessed them rock a tight set of 6 songs.

Since then, The Front has shared stages with The Thermals, Gris Gris, Earl Greyhound, Jucifer, Great Northern, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (fellow Missourian rockers and friends), Burning Brides, Death from Above 1979, and been a fixture on the burgeoning music scene of Echo Park.

They now have over 50 shows under their collective belt, toured the West Coast, played sponsored Indie 103.1 radio shows at the Viper Room, The Knitting Factory, Little Radio, Spaceland, Safari Sam's, El Cid, and The Prospector, among others.

And in late 2006, The Front recorded their EP Smiles and Handshakes with Mathias Schneeberger (Queens of the Stone Age, Burning Brides, Twilight Singers, Great Northern, Mark Lanegan...) which quickly earned near-religious radio play on one of L.A.'s biggest and most respected stations, Indie 103.1. The LA Weekly has also taken notice, giving the band a full-page article, as well as several favorable mentions.

The Front just completed the mastering process and final artwork for Smiles and Handshakes, and are now shopping it around to various labels.

They also recently purchased a very nice van, christened "Betty White". It will see ten of thousands of miles of U.S./Canadian soil this year, as The Front embarks on their 2 week tour of the West Coast in May, and are planning a major U.S. tour for the summer of 2007.

On a personal note:

Michael enjoys running, major league baseball, dogs that do tricks, a solid gyro and giving backrubs.

Kelly enjoys giggling, driving Nico around town, doing all her friend's taxes and her new niece who will be rocking CMJ come 2027.

Nico enjoys wine, socks, poorly maintained facial hair, Harry Potter, and roller skating. Also: they love you, wish you the best of health and mind and hope you are okay.

Lyrics

It's All Exhaust

Written By: Michael Bauer

it wasn't chance
i locked down the garage door

duct tape, the hose
from tail to the car floor

it wasn't chance
you're away with the little ones

it's all exhaust
it's all exhaust so just let me sleep....

breathe in, hit play
surrounded by "let down"

duct tape, the hose
from tail to the car floor

peer in the rearview
my final preview

it's all exhaust
and it's all been lost so just let me sleep.....

Panic

Written By: Michael Bauer

the panic ensues
panic ensues i'm not used to these shoes
panic ensues
the rush is new

i always assume
i always assume i've got something to prove
i always assume
and i'm obtuse

panic ensues
i search for ways but i can't find your love
panic ensues
i search for days but i can't find your love

coming out my shell
i never felt so well
coming out my shell
i never felt so well
i never feel anything

Social Bat

Written By: Michael Bauer

she's got her focus on you
you shy from eye contact to
maintain your status off
but she's got her focus on you

why don't you give
you never give
why don't you give
you never give

social bat go, i cannot stand the way you crow

why don't you give
you never give
why don't you give
you never give

with my lip split i can see we're divided and i can't make it whole again

Discography

The Front- Smiles and Handshakes (2007)
1. Social Bat
2. It's All Exhaust
3. Panic
4. Natural Selection
5. Life Support
6. Cavalier
7. Insurgency Insecurity
8. Fuck the Tourniquet

You can hear 4 of these tracks at our myspace site which is http://www.myspace.com/thefrontiscoming

"It's All Exhaust" and "Social Bat" have been receiving radio airplay on Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles. Indie 103.1 started playing our cd even before they had received the mastered copy.

We just received our mastered copy about 3 weeks ago, sent it to them and they've been playing it religiously ever since. We are currently turning my apartment into a cd duplication factory and we'll be sending the cd to labels, publications, radio stations nationwide. I'll keep you posted on what happens.

The Front (STL)- Bite Your Lip (2005)
1. Ambulance
2. Minus Words
3. Template
4. Natural Selection
5. Life Support
6. Great Expectations
7. Alka Seltzer Doesn't Work for Me
8. Firecracker
9. You Like Your Arms
10. A Perfect Home
11. Hurricane

Set List

Our typical set list is 8-10 songs.
We do not have a repetitious set list, we keep that motherfucker sincere. Generally, we decide on a set list, minutes before the show begins.

Our last show at The Viper Room, sponsored by Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles was:

It's All Exhaust
Fuck The Tourniquet
Social Bat
Cavalier
Natural Selection
Life Support
Panic
Insurgency Insecurity

We rocked, people clapped and smiled and bought cds, mission accomplished!

As for covers, we haven't done any yet. Been kicking around some ideas of a Helter Skelter cover though or a Failure song. We'll see what happens by October.