Frank Iero Show Review and Interview

On June 25, Frank Iero and the Patience, at Pensacola’s Vinyl Music Hall. Frank Iero played guitar in the well known emo/alternative rock band, My Chemical Romance before their breakup in 2013. After the breakup, Frank played in other bands such as LeATHERMØUTH, and Death Spells. In 2014, Frank began his solo project, frnkiero and the cellabration (later renamed Frank Iero and the Patience), and recorded his fist solo album Stomachaches himself in his basement. He and the Patience are now touring on his most recent album, Parachutes.


The show opened with Silent Rival, a female fronted alternative rock band from Hollywood, California. Sara Coda, the front person and lead singer, was entertaining and captivating. She successfully involved the audience during the Silent Rival’s song, “Die a Little”, despite us never hearing the song before. In addition to her Charisma, Coda has a powerful voice that definitely impressed the crowd. After their performance, Silent Rival stuck around and hung out with the other concert-goers. Check them out if you like Paramore!

Many members of the audience appeared to be young fans of My Chemical Romance who followed the Iero’s music career after the band’s break up. Many people donned Iero’s merchandise, and they seemed to be very dedicated; some fans were already queuing when I arrived for my interview at three (the doors did not open until seven).

A cloud of anticipation hovered over the crowd as we waited for Frank Iero and the Patience to take the stage. Fans started cheering during the soundcheck, before the band even took the stage. When the performance started, of course, the crowd was audibly excited when the band came out in matching matching shirts and started playing “World Destroyer”, a song off Parachutes.

The music is a bit hard to classify: it ranges from emo to pop punk touching on hardcore punk. I do, however, think that the band does have a pop appeal. I thought they played a good blend of music from both albums: focusing more on Parachutes, but still playing singles and fan favorites from Stomachaches. They also stuck to their faster and harder songs. While I love their slower songs as well, it is understandable to want to keep up the high energy level of the crowd. I saw the band under their previous moniker, frnkiero and the cellabration last year in Gainesville, and in general, Parachutes is more energetic than Stomachaches, and I think it made for a more interesting show.  

Iero is also an engaging performer. He channels a bit of a  “rock star” persona and seems very confident on stage, despite his initial insecurities when he started the band (see interview excerpts below. There is a bit of theatricality to his performance, but in a more naturalistic way than that of his former band, My Chemical Romance.

Some bands go through a “sophomore slump”, but not Frank Iero and the Patience. The show was fun and engaging, and Parachutes is a great record.  Many of the fans at the show are young, but should not let that deter you. I would definitely recommend seeing the Frank Iero and the Patience.

 

I had the opportunity to talk with Iero about Parachutes, and his previous projects, as well as his family, horror movies, and more. You can read snippets of the interview at the end of this post, or listen to the full interview under our “Shows On Demand” tab.
 

RFP: Why’d you change the name of the band?

FI: I think it’s going to happen every time [with every record]. You start a band and you develop your sound. They say you have your entire life to write your first record, but like maybe 3 or 4 months to write your second, your follow up. And i feel like When you go into a studio, and you try to reinvent the way that you make music and the sound that you're going to have you don't want to repeat yourself, so everything needs to chance…. And when you do that, if you do it right, it comes out sounding different than the last record. And everybody is like “it doesn't sound like the same band”, and it’s like, “yeah, I know.” So i was like “aw man, it always sucks that you have to call it the same thing.” and i realized if it's going to be my name in front of it anyway, i can call it whatever I want. So the first time around, I decided to call it something that i felt like i needed to bring with me. Maybe something that would detract from my deficiency as a front man. So I wanted something loud and bombastic, and celebratory. And this time around, I kind of felt like I didn't need that to hide behind anymore, but what I needed was the ability to take a step back and enjoy the now, and so I named it the Patience.

 

RFP: How do you try to be a role model to your kids, especially when you’re not there all the time?

FI.  I think the main thing is through unconditional love. The thing that they are starting to understand but maybe still are too young to understand is that, I feel very fortunate, when I’m home, I’m home 100% 24/7. And that's the thing that's weird. If I had a normal 9/5 job: you know, dad travels into the city everyday, wears a tie and works at a bank or something like that. Maybe I’d get to see them a little bit in the morning, maybe if I’m lucky I get to tuck them into bed, but that’s really about it. And that quality of time, it kind of gets caught in the shuffle. But yeah, I’m away a lot. They enjoy when I bring back Kinder eggs and stuff like that. They're way into that. But when I’m home, they get me 24/7, and I think the quality of that time is very important, and I don’t miss very much when I’m home.

 

RFP. What is some music you listened to growing up that influenced you?

FI. My dad was the big influence growing up. He was always a proponent of old blues, and guys like Buddy Guy, BB King, Albert King ……….. He took me to see George Benson, a couple of times as a kid. And then he introduced me to Richie Havens which really kind of blew my mind. I think as a songwriter and a rhythmic player, he was the end-all be-all. And I got to see him play a couple of times and the stories hero would tell about playing the coffee shop circuit, meeting Bob Dylan, teaching Jimi Hendrix to play “Along the Watchtower”. It’s like “Oh my God, you basically shaped history.” That was amazing, and then to see him walk from stage after the show right to the back of the room to shake hands with everyone in the venue was like, “Wow”. That stuck with me forever. After that, Beatles records. All of my dad’s old Beatles records. I got into The Animals, The Stones, and stuff like that. I remember on weekends, before he would play shows, he would have his day job, so I would go to my great uncle's house where my dad had all his equipment, and my job was to clean all his cymbals and stuff because back then, they used to still smoke in the venues, so the cymbals would get really dirty, so he would have this copper cleaner called “Twinkle” and I would have to wash all his cymbals in the sink downstairs. But the cool thing about it was I got to play any record that I wanted. I would go through his collection and put on all these old albums, and that really shaped my youth, I think, getting to learn about all those amazing bands.

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