- Review by Madison Boyce
Frank Iero is a New Jersey based musician who has been in multiple bands, such as Leathermouth, Pency Prep, Death Spells, and the famous My Chemical Romance! After My Chemical Romance disbanded, Frank started his solo project, Frank Iero and the Future Violents. It was also formerly known as Frank Iero and the Cellebration, as well as, Frank Iero and the Patience. The Future Violents who play alongside Frank are Evan Nestor on guitar, Matt Armstrong on bass, Tucker Rule with the drums, and last but not least, Kayleigh Goldsworthy on the piano, organ, and violin!
The new release of “Barriers” is Frank's third solo record. It was mixed and recorded by the phenomenal Steve Albini! The fourteen track record opens with a song called “A New Day Is Coming”, and it is nothing like any of his previous work. This track very much shows the gospel sing-along side of Franks musical abilities. Kayleigh’s talent on the organ really shines in this song. It shows that a new day is coming and that things are going to get better. After a calm start it immediately goes full force into track two, the first single off of the record, “Young and Doomed” - with loud guitars and smashing drums it makes you just want to play it at full volume and just rock out. The angst and energy just flow through this track.
One of the many amazing songs on this album is called “Basement Eyes”. The backing vocals mixed with the instrumentals and Franks voice makes for an overall solid track. The Unfortunate” has regret flowing through it. You can hear the emotion in his voice and the lyrics, Can we just.. take a moment.. What a song! With the drums and guitars still very much present it still has that rawness we know to be there in Franks music. A track on this record titled “Moto-Pop” shows that Frank is scarred, but alive at the end of the day. “Six Feet Down Under” talks about existence and existing. The last track of this record is titled “24k Lush”- sorrow flows all throughout, which seems to be a common theme on this record. Barriers by Frank Iero and The Future Violents is out today May 31st! Make sure to check it out!