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Leathermouth - XO

Andrew Kelham
Andrew Kelham 20 January at 21.14

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This is not the Frank Iero we know. In My Chemical Romance he is a guitarist who entertains arenas, in LeATHERMØUTH he is a singer who destroys basements...

This is not the Frank Iero we know. In My Chemical Romance he is a guitarist who entertains arenas, in LeATHERMØUTH he is a singer who destroys basements. With My Chemical Romance he flies first class, in LeATHERMØUTH he does the night drive in the van. For My Chemical Romance he tries to write the largest and greatest rock songs, in LeATHERMØUTH he is only concerned with the ugliest and nastiest. ‘XO’ is the sound of a man scratching his hardcore itch until it bleeds, ‘I Am Going To Kill The President Of The United States Of America’ is one long, snowballing breakdown as it crashes chaotically down scuzzy riffs and axioms screamed at the top of the lungs. ‘My Love Note Has Gone Flat’ is the diametric opposite to recent My Chemical Romance material as it fits and thrashes, convulses manically with a caustic, spastic energy and ‘Bodysnatchers 4 Ever’ sounds like an unreleased collaboration between The Bronx and The Banner, recorded after a night on the tiles. This is not the Frank Iero we know, but we love it.

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