frank iero and the future violents heaven is a place this is a place
[Photo by: Mitchell Wojcik

Since the release of Barriers in May last year, Frank Iero and the Future Violents didn’t release any new music, that doesn’t mean he wasn’t hard at work though. Now, the singer/guitarist has announced the release date of his latest project Heaven is a Place, This is a Place

Frank Iero first began his solo career in 2014 with the Cellebrations and the release of “.weighted.” Over the years he’s released several albums such as StomachachesParachutes, and most recently Barriers, each time under a different moniker.

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With every new stage of his solo career, Iero has changed the name of his band to reflect on the stages of his life. First there was the Cellebrations, then the Patience. Next came the Patients and the Future Violents. Now, his backing-band have become the Future Violence. Hints for this new era can be seen in Future Violents music videos such as “Medicine Square Garden” and “Basement Eyes

Heaven is a Place, This is a Place, was recorded at the same time as Barriers with Steve Albini, and mixed by Steve Evetts in 2020. Iero says the tracks included on the EP were for than just an after-thought. He wanted to release them when he felt the time was right.

“The Future Violents was the perfect band at the perfect time for me,” Iero says. “The creativity flowed through us like rapids and we didn’t stop writing because we ran out of inspiration…it was just time to go to the studio. In fact, I was still writing at the studio, but I allowed myself the luxury of 14 songs on the record leaving 3 to survive in the shadows. Lying in wait. I knew I wanted them to see the light, it was just a matter of how and when.”

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Iero drew inspiration for the title of the EP from a drink found on the menu of Lost Lake which is a Tiki bar the band visited the night before recording Barriers.

“On the menu that night there was a drink called ‘Heaven is a place/This is the place,'” the singer shares. “I love when the universe gives you gifts like that. You just have to be in tune to your surroundings. The name struck me as clever and I started to think about how changing one word in that title meant something way more profound to me.”

“Heaven is a place – if you believe in that sort of thing. It is the reward at the end of a long hard journey of fighting the good fight and living your life to whatever standards you hold dear. But it’s just a place. And so is this. This is a place, the earthly realm, miraculous on so many levels but also just a place. The difference is you and your perception.”

Heaven is a Place, This is a Place drops Jan. 15 via UNFD and is available for preorder here. Check out the tracklist for the album below.

Heaven is a Place, This is a Place tracklist

“Violence”
“Sewer Wolf”
“Losing My Religion”
“Record Ender”