This past year has been a whirlwind, and just like that, it has almost been a year since Frank Iero and the Patience have released music. With non-stop touring following a major accident in Sydney, the band seems to always be a part of our lives. Keep the Coffins Coming is the name of Iero’s new EP, to be released September 22nd.
Described as the piece of work that bridges the gap between Stomachaches and Parachutes, Iero and company were able to work with producer Steve Albini, who has worked with Nirvana and Pixies. His influence on post-hardcore music is what makes him such an important player in the music industry. Working with legendary producers is a tradition that proves to be entirely worth it. Iero seems to have countless producers in mind to be called upon when a new project is about to start, and with a simple suggestion from Iero’s manager, a wish came true: “[My manager] called him, Steve said he could do it and he had three days. Next phone call I made was U-Haul; I fuckin’ packed the U-Haul up and drove the band to Chicago. I got to record an EP with my friends and one of my heroes in this, like, giant firehouse building in Chicago” Iero explains.
The band is known for their humorous love for changing things up, and for this record they will be referring to themselves as Frank Iero and the Patients in lieu of their accident. Keep the Coffins Coming embodies all of the elements the Patience is known for, but comes back even more polished, detailed, and grand than before. We asked, and they delivered.
I’m A Mess kicks off the EP, keeping all of the elements that made it a lead single, but refreshed and improved. The struggle around acceptance is an element that many can identify with, and this song explores that idea of coming to terms with who you are. The band’s foundations of fast and rigid punk are still present, but specific details have been added to create a powerful song that earned its spot as the first track.
Building upon the minimal electric guitar in the original, BFF is brought back to life and moves from what used to be an acoustic version with the endearing addition of his daughters, Lily and Cherry, to one that will be most appreciated by those who listen to Frank Iero and the Patience for their contributions to punk rock. This new version does not lack the charm its predecessor has, but only builds upon it into a solid piece of work. The echoing lyrics midway through the song adds an unexpected dimension to the rock and roll vibe.
No Fun Club is a brand new addition to the discography of Frank Iero and the Patience, only being heard in live sets previous to the EP’s release. This song combines the heavy instrumentals and screeching passion that creates a classic Iero song, poking fun at his illnesses. The chorus might as well be chant for formal initiation into the NFC: “I’m no fucking fun / I don’t want your fun / I’m not having fun / I don’t want no fun”. The humor and lightheartedness that Iero brings is something admirable as he does not take himself too seriously, but Iero does have times of vulnerability, shown in songs like 9-6-15, where he is entirely serious. Balance is important, and Iero shows just that.
Iero sings You Are My Sunshine, which has been covered by artists like Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, to finish the EP. The country song is far from what it is originally known as. Beginning with an isolated bass drum keeping tempo, Iero sings the sweet lyrics of a song that has a sorrowful meaning when looked at on a deeper level. Listeners are met with a perfectly orchestrated electric guitar composition after each chorus, and then the simple bass drum comes back. Iero is successful in making the song his own, but keeps all of the elements that made it such a great song to begin with.
Frank Iero and the Patience continue to prove themselves as a band that deserves all of the attention they receive, if not more. While most are familiar with the connection to My Chemical Romance, there is no denying that this solo project has created Iero’s own space in the post-hardcore genre. Iero is able to stay true to his roots, only building upon it to create even more mastery behind his lyrics. Working with Albini proves any and all sacrifices Frank Iero and the Patience has made to be worth it, and celebrating it on the road will be the ultimate reward.
Following the release of Keep the Coffins Coming, Frank Iero and the Patience will be on tour with Dave Hause and the Mermaid in Europe. Later this year, the band will be joining both the Descendents tour and Thursday and PUP tour in the midwest and east coast of the US for a warm welcome home.
- I’m A Mess
- No Fun Club
- You Are My Sunshine