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Frank Iero and the Future Violents

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Performing on: Friday 5 July

Photo credit: Mitchell Wojcik

Frank's third album Barriers is a rumination of sorts on life and living and the obstacles (a.k.a. “barriers”) that get in the way. Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini, Barriers is 14 songs that not only tackle the existential journey of his heart and mind, but help him redirect his musical path. 
 
“I never expected to do one solo record in my lifetime,” he chuckles, “let alone three. Every time I start a new record, I say to myself ‘This is it. This is the end. This is the last one.’ It got me thinking about how we set up these obstacles around ourselves. Sometimes they’re for protection and sometimes they’re to keep people out, and sometimes we even set them up so that we fail and we find solace in that failure. But whenever I find something that scares the shit out of me, that’s when I know I have to do it! And so these songs are about experiences that were either walls I wanted to break down or walls that I’d built up around myself in order to protect myself. But these songs were also things that I’d never attempted before but had always wanted to try.” 

From the opening track “A New Day’s Coming” which sounds almost like a gospel-inspired, stirring hymnal (he explains, “I originally based it on old soul songs that I really loved, asking myself how, say, Otis Redding or different Stax recording artists would do a song like this”) to “Six Feet Down Under” - a bluesy stomp through the underworld of existence, to the epic and soaring (and sorrowful) “24k Lush,"Barriers confronts listeners with 14 tracks that explore Iero’s tumultuous internal battles from which he emerges at his most confident musically. 
 
“Barriers is a record that I still can’t believe I made and I’m so incredibly proud of it,” Iero reflects. “I can’t wait for other people to be shocked and appalled and inspired by it. Hopefully it scares the shit out of them.” 
 
Frank Iero and the Future Violents is Frank Iero, Evan Nestor, Matt Armstrong, Tucker Rule and Kayleigh Goldsworthy. Barriers was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini and will be released via UNFD on May 31, 2019.