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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.

Slothrust is a damn good band.

Slothrust is a damn good band. Pretty much what has been pounding away at my eardrums for the past 3 plus years. Yeah,I know, I am hooked.  No other band has been included in The Lost Sandal radio show playlists as often as Slothrust. But what is there not to love about this band? They can go from melodic guitar picking and strumming grace to an all-out sonic Black Sabbathesque assault within one song (Do check out their incredible cover of Black Sabbath’s “Electric Funeral” on YouTube). And the introspective, but often comedic lyrics (My name is Leah and I drink juice. Every morning when I wake up but it's no use. I'm unwell. Can you tell that I'm sick in the brain?). And lots of musings about the sea. And, and, the sarcasm and the attitude. All of it.

Their latest release “Everyone Else” is a true masterpiece. I am not kidding, it’s that good. It builds upon what already established them as a great power trio with lots of bluesy, jazzy, metalish goodness on their first two records, “Feels Your Pain”(2012) and “Of Course You Do” (2014). Songs like “Rotten Pumpkin”, “Horseshoe Crab”, and a personal favorite, “Psuedo Culture” are classics.

But live.

I had no idea.

I had not seen them live until this last Tuesday night when they rolled into the Soul Kitchen in Mobile, Alabama as an opener for Highly Suspect. That’s not for want of trying. Work and a busy schedule had kept me away from seeing them any earlier. And then a last minute cancellation at a show scheduled about a year ago at Destin’s Club L.A., due to illness by a member of Highly Suspect, wiped out our chance of seeing them then. But Tuesday night we drove over and saw a blistering opening set that we will not soon forget. To a capacity crowd at Soul Kitchen, singer guitarist Leah Wellbaum, and a well-oiled and extremely polished rhythm section of bassist Kyle Bann and drummer Will Gorin, roared through a set that featured all of the wonderful melodic lows and thunderous highs of one of the best live bands I have seen in many a year.

I did enjoy the sonic pummeling we received up front, the bass and drums literally knocking the breath out of us. They started the show with “Surf Goth” and then blazed through such greats as “7:30 a.m.” “Crockpot”, “Horseshoe Crab”, and “Like a Child Hiding Behind Your Tombstone”. They were even called back for an encore, choosing the incredible closing song “Beowulf” from “Of Course You Do”. The sound was crisp, tight, and happily well received.

Thank you is all I can say. For those of you in cities ahead on the tour, especially Tallahassee as they are headlining, get out there, reward yourself, and go see this band.

From Indian Lakes and Tokyo Police Club @ Vinyl Music Hall

 

Photos by Katy Newbill (ktdidit)

It’s always a plus to me when I go to a show and have a lineup of bands that really have nothing in common, other than the fact that they fit in that ever widening definition of alternative rock. The show Sunday night at Vinyl Music Hall was such a show. You had From Indian Lakes going from layered dreaminess to aggressive indie rock, and Tokyo Police Club with their infectious indie pop with a punch. Both bands have seen their fair share of the road, but this was our first opportunity seeing them, having missed Tokyo Police Club at Shaky Knees in 2014 because of scheduling.

From Indian Lakes

We have been following From Indian Lakes since their excellent 2012 release Able Bodies caught our attention and since we have had a regular Wednesday night radio show on Radio Free Pensacola, we have consistently played We Are Sick from that record. They followed that up 2 years later with an equally excellent Absent Sounds, which contains probably one of my all-time favorite songs, Breathe Desperately. Since then they have released the EP Wanderer, which contains three new tracks with acoustic renditions of two tracks from Absent Sounds

From Indian Lakes

All of their recordings are brilliant collections of music which belong in everyone’s personal collection, however hearing the material performed live brings out an edgier sound not found on record.  It’s quite addictive. Makes me want to see them again. During the set, front man Joey Vannucchi promised new music in the near future so we will definitely keep our ears alert for that.

From Indian Lakes

From Indian Lakes

Tokyo Police Club burst on the scene in 2006 with A Lesson In Crime, which contains Cheer It On (a station favorite!). They followed that up with a classic record Elephant Shell. Each record is filled with alternative rock goodness both aggressive yet catchy. Both records solidified their place on the festival circuit and they had garnered spots at Coachella, Lollapalooza, and UK’s Glastonbury.

Tokyo Police Club

2010’s Champ seemed to signify a band on the rise and then they seemed to disappear from the radar a bit. They finally came back on the music scene with 2014’s brilliant Forcefield with its eight minute plus Argentina (Parts I, II, III). We find it very cool that a band whose tracks usually clock in at two and a half to three minutes can pull off an eight minute track. But pull it off they did. 

Tokyo Police Club

Tokyo Police Club

They are currently touring in support of the EP Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1) which brought them to a very excited crowd Sunday night in Pensacola. The band blasted through a set scattered with songs across their entire catalog, and provided an intense musical experience that sounds just as good in a packed club as a large festival stage.

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