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Album Review: Frank Iero and The Future Violents – “Barriers”

Ever since the end of My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero has not allowed himself, or his music, to be pigeonholed. This is evident with his latest project, Frank Iero and the Future Violents, which sounds nothing like previous offerings from the guitarist/singer, yet is equally good as the others have been. Barriers opens with a slower song, reminiscent of a 1950s ballad, which makes the punk that follows all the more interesting. (Not to say that opening track “A New Day’s Coming”  isn’t good – it is.)

The Future Violents lineup is  Iero, Evan Nestor (an alumni of all the Frank Iero solo projects), former Murder By Death bassist Matt Armstrong, multi-instrumentalist Kayleigh Goldsworthy from Dave Hause And The Mermaid and Thursday’s Tucker Rule on drums.

“Young and Doomed” feels like a slightly experimental punk anthem for anyone feeling the frustrations of life in the current times. The song crashes into “Fever Dream,” which almost has a Nirvana feel to it – something totally unexpected that works really well in the context of the album.  I think these two songs are my favorites on an album that I really like for its subdued charms and bursts of energy that keep the listener on their toes. “Moto-Pop” also stands out, as it is a song that would be equally at home on a late 70s punk album. The verses of “No Love” even sounds vaguely like The Cure – which is a surprising twist.

Barriers is, if nothing else, a diverse pastiche of different sounds and styles. It is a roller coaster of an album that takes listeners on an adventure through Frank’s brain and different aspects of music he appreciates and has been influenced by.

Frank Iero’s vocals are at times, like butter – this is especially apparent on “The Unfortunate,” and “Medicine Square Garden” – both at home in the middle of the album. But he hasn’t forgotten his roots from earlier bands and his ability to scream in the best possible ways.

The melodic and catchy chorus of “Police Police”, with almost spoken-word lyrics is another favorite and a song that is hard to characterize. “Hard to characterize” is probably the best way to describe this album, although there’s nothing wrong with that. It makes it more of an adventure, and is a great album when taken as individual songs as well as for listening to straight through.

The album closes with a jazzy ballad, almost a sexy siren song “Six Feet Under” and the sweeping and swooping “24k Lush”. Taken separately, the two songs couldn’t be less alike, but they work. That’s kind of the theme of the whole album – it just works, even if there is no real reason for it to do so. We’re dealing with ambitious professionals here. They knew exactly what they were doing when they put this album together.

Barriers is overall more tame than previous offerings from Frank Iero, especially when compared to his garage rock turn with Frank Iero and the Patience and the rawness of frnkiero and the cellabration. It doesn’t make this less of an album, not by any means, and it sounds nothing like what he did when he was in My Chemical Romance. At the same time, it is probably his solo album that will appeal most to fans of MCR.

4/4 stars



Stray From The Path detail live album

Stray From The Path have announced that they are to release a live album this Friday (17th May). The album, titled Smash ‘Em Up: Live In Europe 2019, is out on UNFD and was recorded in various cities on the band’s recent tour supporting While She Sleeps.

Pre-orders are up now, with a live video for album closer “First World Problem Child (Live In London)” streaming below.



Woes (UK, pop-punk) release video for “Over It”

UK pop-punk act Woes have released a video for their song “Over It,” which comes from their latest EP, Self Help, that was released in May 2018 via UNFD.

You can check out the video below.

Before Self Help, Woes’ last release was their self-titled EP in 2016.



Bodyjar announce new EP, stream single

Australian punk veterans Bodyjar have announced their new EP Terra Firma will be released on October 13th through UNFD. Give the first single “Burning it Down for Nothing” a listen below.

Terra Firma will be Bodyjar’s first new release since their 2013 album Role Model. You can pre-order the EP here.



Columbus stream acoustic EP “Next To Me”

Brisbane, Australia-based punk band Columbus are currently streaming their new acoustic EP, titled “Next To Me.” You can listen below.

“Next To Me” is a 5 track acoustic EP, with one brand new song and 4 acoustic renditions of their other material. Their latest release prior was their debut album, titled “Spring Forever,” which was released August 26, 2016 via UNFD.



Hellions premiere “Thresher” off upcoming album “Opera Oblivia”

Sydney hardcore punk act Hellions have released a new video for their song “Thresher”, which you can check it out below.

The track comes from the bands’ upcoming album “Opera Oblivia”, which is set to be released on July 29th via UNFD Records.



Music Video: Hellions – “Quality of Life”

Sydney hardcore punk act Hellions have released a new video for their song “Quality of Life.”

You can check it out below.

“Quality of Life” comes from the bands’ upcoming album Opera Oblivia, which is set to be released on July 29th via UNFD Records.



Hellions stream new song “Quality of Life”

Sydney hardcore punk act Hellions have released a new single “Quality of Life” and you can stream it below. No word on whether or not the song will appear on a new album, but we’ll keep you posted as more information becomes available.

Hellions last released Indian Summer on February 3, 2015 via UNFD Records / Rise Records.



Storm the Sky release music video for “Alive”

Melbourne metalcore act Storm the Sky have just released the music video for their track “Alive” and you can check it out below.

The track was taken of the group’s most recent album, Permanence, which was released on January 16, 2015 via UNFD / Rise Records.



Music Video: Hellions – “Nottingham”

Sydney hardcore punk act Hellions have released a music video for their song “Nottingham.” The track appears on the band’s most recent album, Indian Summer, and you can watch the video below.

Hellions released Indian Summer on February 3, 2015 via UNFD Records / Rise Records.



Hellions (hardcore-punk) stream new album “Indian Summer”

Sydney hardcore punk act Hellions will be releasing their new album “Indian Summer” February 3rd via UNFD Records but you don’t have to wait until then to hear it.  Stream the entire album here.

“Indian Summer” is a follow up to 2013’s “Die Young”.



Music Video: Storm the Sky (metalcore) – “Same Graves”

Melbourne metalcore act Storm the Sky have just released the music video for their track “Same Graves” and you can check it out below.

The track was taken of the group’s upcoming album, Permanence, which is slated for release on January 16th, 2015 via UNFD and is now available for pre-order here.



Bodyjar announce Australian 20th Anniversary shows

Aussie punk act Bodyjar have announced a handful of shows to celebrate the 20th year since their inception. The band will be touring around their home continent and have brought on Samiam, Blue Line Medic, and Clowns as opening support.

You can check out the dates below.

Bodyjar released their last album, Role Model on October 18, 2013 through UNFD.



Music Video: Bodyjar – “Hope Was Leaving” (featuring Joey Cape of Lagwagon)

Aussie punk act, Bodyjar, have posted the music video for their song “Hope Was Leaving.”

You can check it out here.

The album is due out on October 18, 2013 through UNFD. The band released their latest self-titled studio album in 2006 on Shock Records.



Bodyjar streaming upcoming album “Role Model”

Aussie punk act, Bodyjar, are streaming their upcoming album “Role Model” in its entirety.

You can check it out here.

The album is due out on October 18, 2013 through UNFD. The band released their latest self-titled studio album in 2006 on Shock Records.