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Frank Iero And The Future Violents are giving fans another taste of their forthcoming EP Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place.

On Wednesday, they unveiled the ferocious new song “Sewerwolf,” the second track off of their upcoming release.

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Last month, Frank Iero And The Future Violents revealed that a follow up to 2019’s Barriers is officially on the way. Their new EP Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place is set to arrive on Jan. 15, 2021.

Although that may seem like ages away, The Future Violents have already given listeners a taste of the forthcoming 4-song EP. Back in November, they unleashed their cover of R.E.M.‘s “Losing My Religion.” As well, Iero revealed that Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place was recorded at the same time as Barriers. As a result, this new EP is a companion piece to their debut full-length.

“The Future Violents was the perfect band at the perfect time for me,” Iero said. “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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Now, it looks like Frank Iero And The Future Violents couldn’t wait any longer to share even more new music. On Wednesday, they debuted their hard-hitting new song “Sewerwolf.” Iero recently told Consequence Of Sound how his son Miles was the inspiration for the song’s title.

“Originally the song was untitled, it was fun to play and I liked it but I couldn’t find a good name for it,” Iero says. “So I asked Miles what he would name it. At that time he had come up with a superhero character he named ‘Super Wolf’ so he said you should name it that. A few days later he came into my basement studio and I had songs scribbled out all over this giant whiteboard and he asked, ‘Hey dad, what’s a Sewerwolf?’ The name was so filthy and enigmatic that I knew it was fate naming the song.”

“Sewerwolf” isn’t the only title that came to be in an unexpected way. As it turns out, Iero drew inspiration for the EP’s name from a drink found on the menu of Lost Lake, a Tiki bar the band visited the night before recording Barriers.

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“On the menu that night there was a drink called ‘Heaven is a place/This is the place,’” Iero said. “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 arrives on Jan. 15, 2021 via UNFD and is available for preorder here. “Sewerwolf” is available to stream below.

What are your reactions to Frank Iero And The Future Violents’ new song? Are you ready to hear their new EP? Let us know in the comments below.