Frank Iero releases his first post-My Chemical Romance effort on August 25 through Hassle Records in the UK. But does it live up to their legacy?
Scrappy, idiosyncratic and infectious as hell, Frank Iero’s first solo record finds him in unknown (and very, very dark) territory. There’s a desperate, anarchic energy to songs like ‘All I Want Is Nothing’. It’s far removed from the well-oiled machine of latter-day My Chemical Romance, and all the more bracing for it. The shredded power-pop hooks and self-excoriating lyrics of ‘Tragician’ are coupled with more brooding fare, with Iero drawing on his roots in lo-fi punk while never quite going over the edge à la Leathermøuth. Born of isolation and introspection, ‘Stomachaches’ is hugely likeable, and leaves everything on the table.
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