Frank Iero has taken an interesting journey in his solo music journey since the initial break up of My Chemical Romance. His passion for the art of music comes from a variety of influences over the years, a mixture of post hardcore, punk, rock and sprinkled with a contemporary emo vibe, it’s an squired taste that has earned him the loyal fan base of followers ever since. Releasing tomorrow is Frank Iero and The Future Violents new addition to their small discography in the form of an EP titled Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place. Consisting of three b-sides from the Barriers release, it’s also got a cover of REM’s ‘Losing My Religion.’
Made up of raw emotion in the vocals, instrumentals that resemble underground post-hardcore punk, Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place kicks off with ferocity in the first two tracks of the EP. The Frank Iero signature writing style is prominent throughout, featuring lyrics such as “You got so sick, I thought I’d die, you got so down, I couldn’t get high” before the chorus continuing with “Your violence feels like kisses to me, your silence makes it harder to breathe, your distance feels like I’m not enough… I need your touch.” It’s easy to see why, in these first two tracks, that the decision was made to publish as a B-Sides EP rather than bonus content for Barriers as the resounding contrast in emotion is the difference between night and day. There’s a heavier, urgent need of release in Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place where as Barriers feels calmer and more patient overall. First track, ‘Violence’ and ‘Sewer Wolf’ is clear proof of a separate state of mind to its predecessor.
As far as the REM ‘Losing My Religion’ cover goes – it’s uniquely produced. Like all covers, it is an identical copy more or less, however Iero and his team of creatives twist and contort the song to feel more like a statement as it slots itself nicely in between the songs on the EP. Finishing on ‘Record Ender’ – yes, I think Iero literally made that statement – it feels like an optimistic note to finish the EP on. It feels like resolution to an emotional conflict, or an acceptance of sorts. Hopelessly romantic as it’s laced with poetically written verses like an Edgar Allan Poe composition, ‘Record Ender’ feels like the closest bit of new material we’ll get from My Chemical Romance since 2020 screwed up our chances.
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