Preview: Frank Iero And The Future Violents // Barriers

Written by Autumn Dawn

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Frank Iero And The Future Violents

Album: Barriers

Release date: May 31st, 2019

Label: UNFD

Growing up in New Jersey, there were a lot of influences throughout my childhood that helped shape and define who I am. From sports games to the shore, music has always been an integral part of the Jersey Life. If you’re familiar with past projects that New Jersey native Frank Iero’s been a part of, from Pency Prep to My Chemical Romance, his upcoming release with his new band, The Future Violents, holds true to the East Coast undertones of his previous releases while branching out and taking chances.

With influences ranging from gospel to rock with subtle hints of country and blues, Barriers comes bearing vulnerability from the very first listen. The album opens with “A New Day’s Coming” and leans heavily into notes of hope, bravery, and perseverance. After such a strong opener, the leading single “Young and Doomed” comes on strong with a brooding beat.

“Fever Dream” and “Moto-Pop” jump out as delightfully infectious tracks as the album progresses, working its way through a packed 14 track list. Iero’s interesting choice of having a pianist join the midst is accentuated in these songs, adding subtle harmonies and melodies that create a dramatic flavor. Fans of Iero’s earlier work are sure to receive a nice surprise as these tracks reign in the nostalgia.

The cohesive transitions and mix of emotions portrayed in Barriers makes for an engaging listen. This unlikely mix of genres, moods, and sounds creates a perfect balance of composition. Barriers will be released on May 31st - in the meantime, you can stream the album’s single “Young and Doomed” below.


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