There’s lots of new stuff happening with Frank Iero, and the world’s a better place because of it. The musician has been teasing the existence of his next band since May 2018, finally confirming its name as the year came to a close.
Officially operating as Frank Iero And The Future Violents, the band announced their next full-length Barriers, the follow-up to 2016’s Parachutes, will be released May 31 on the UNFD label. Fortunately, fans won’t have to wait long to get a taste: The first single from the album, “Young And Doomed,” will premiere Wednesday on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds With Annie Mac show prior to being made available on DSPs and streaming services March 21 (Thursday).
Last May, Iero shared he was working with “some musicians [he’s] wanted to start a band with for over 10 years.” He continued the teasing in August and inadvertently revealed the first member, longtime foil Evan Nestor, in February.
The Future Violents features Iero, Nestor, former Murder By Death bassist Matt Armstrong, multi-instrumentalist Kayleigh Goldsworthy from Dave Hause And The Mermaid and Thursday’s Tucker Rule on drums.
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dear frendz, i am pleased to announce that Matt Armstrong, Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Evan Nestor, Tucker Rule and i have made a new record together under the moniker of Frank Iero and the Future Violents. Barriers, my 3rd solo full length, was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at @electricalaudio in Chicago and will be released on May 31, 2019 on UNFD. This record has been a dream come true and i can’t wait for you all to hear it. Our first single, Young And Doomed, will premiere tomorrow on BBC Radio 1 with Annie Mac. (times listed) There’s so much more to come, but i will leave you with that for now… trust me, this is going to be a busy week! xofrnk #iamafutureviolent #FIATFV #Barriers
“It got me thinking about how we set up these obstacles around ourselves,” Iero says about the album, which he produced and Steve Albini (Nirvana, the Jesus Lizard) engineered. “Sometimes they’re for protection, and sometimes they’re to keep people out, and sometimes we even set them up so that we fail, and we find solace in that failure. But whenever I find something that scares the shit out of me, that’s when I know I have to do it. These songs are about experiences that were either walls I wanted to break down or walls that I’d built up around myself in order to protect myself. But these songs were also things that I’d never attempted before but had always wanted to try.”
Insiders who have heard Barriers says it’s Iero’s biggest statement yet, from the post-punkish “No Love” to the gloriously manic “Moto-pop.” “This is who I am,” Iero says about the album. “I create in order to survive. And every chance I get I’m going to evolve and change. The ambition is to be for these songs to be perceived without any kind of past notion of what the project is supposed to sound like, to break down any and all boundaries and barriers that we’ve set up or that other people have set up for us. We really did go in and create something brand new for ourselves, and that’s been such a challenge and fun undertaking.”
Frank Iero And The Future Violents support Taking Back Sunday on their 20 tour starting Monday, March 25. The band will also be appearing at Warped Tour’s 25th Anniversary shows in New Jersey and San Francisco. Check out a full list of dates below and grab tickets here.
03/25 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
03/26 – Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
03/28 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
03/29 – Austin, TX @ Emo’s
03/30 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
03/31 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
04/01 – Lubbock, TX @ Charley B’s
04/03 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
04/04 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theater
04/06 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
04/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
04/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium
04/13 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
04/14 – San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
04/26 – Santiago, Chile @ Club Chocolate
04/28 – São Paulo, Brazil @ Frabrique Club
06/29-30 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Warped Tour 25th Anniversary
07/11-13 – Cheltenham, UK @ 2000 Trees
07/20-21 – Mountain View, CA @ Warped Tour 25th Anniversary