Formed in Northern Jersey, The Front Bottoms grew organically throughout the underground. First tackling local Jersey media like The Jersey Journal ("...quirky love songs with dollops of synths, trumpet, and strings that command your attention"), The Star-Ledger ("It is hard to come away from an encounter with The Front Bottoms without developing protective feelings about the band akin to those that Jonathan Richman's fans feel about him") and Aquarian Weekly ("an indie-pop sound similar to that of Piebald with the vocal style of Say Anything... Impressive!"), the band quickly garnered rave reviews from national outlets such as Alternative Press, Filter, All Music Guide, DRUM Magazine, Beyond Race Magazine, AOL, Absolute Punk, Jersey Beat, and Sputnik Music among many others, and even caught the eye of the Los Angeles Times who declared "This is a pop soundtrack for learning to live in the moment.".