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Frank Iero acoustic set marks first music collab with Ray Toro since 2013

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June 14, 2019
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Frank Iero & the Future Violents have dropped a new session recording where they performed renditions of three songs in a wine cellar.

The band performed on One on One at City Winery New York and did “Basement Eyes,” “Young And Doomed” and “I’ll Let You Down.”

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The full lineup wasn’t there, just Iero and Evan Nestor doing an acoustic set.

And, to warm our My Chemical Romance loving hearts, the session was mixed by Ray Toro. It’s the first time Iero and Toro have collaborated since MCR broke up.

“I really enjoyed doing this session at the winery and when they asked if we had anyone in mind to mix the track I just immediately thought of asking Ray Toro,” Iero said of the collab. “He’s just so multi-talented and has such a great ear. He’s been recording and mixing some rad projects these past few years, and it was an honor to have him work on this session for us.”

You can listen to the full session down below.

FIATFV is composed of Iero, Nestor on guitar, Murder By Death’s Matt Armstrong on bass, Thursday’s Tucker Rule on drums and the Mermaid’s Kayleigh Goldsworthy on piano, organ and violin.

Recently, Iero opened up about how the group came together and how he thought of the name for the band.

“It actually goes back 19 or 20 years,” Iero told INKED magazine. “With my past band, Pencey Prep, we’d hang out at parties and we’d get to see Thursday play. At the time, Thursday was really on the rise and the biggest band going. A real hometown hero kind of thing. We’d see them playing and go, ‘Oh my God, they’re so good.’ They were the tightest band that maybe I’d ever seen. Seeing Tucker and the way that he played, and the way that he wrote music–and thought about it melodically–he would write hooks on your arms. I remember thinking, ‘Oh man, I’d really like to get to play with them.’”

While Thursday was touring, Iero met Armstrong through his band Little Joe Gould. They ended up changing their name to Murder by Death.

“When I saw Matt Armstrong I thought, ‘Wow, he’s just on a different wavelength’ in the way that he thinks about constructing parts that he’s playing. It’s not just following a guitar line, he creates soundscapes and thinks about music in a different way. I thought, ‘How cool it would be to have a band with him.’”

While the friendship between these three artists goes back 20 years, Goldsworthy did not enter the picture until more recently.

“Flash forward to two years ago, I met Kayleigh Goldsworthy. She is a multi-instrumentalist; she plays piano, organ, mandolin, guitar, violin, and sings beautifully. She’s unreal. I always wanted a female component to one of my bands and I always thought it would be really great to have that timber of voice.”

So how did Frank Iero settle on the Future Violents band name? The story may come as a surprise to most.

“I was already looking for names and on our flight from Perth to Sydney – on the fateful Australia tour where we had this horrible accident about three years ago – a steward came over and was like, ‘You guys look like you’re in a band,’ and I said, ‘Yeah we are Frank Iero and The Patience.’ He misheard and said, ‘The Future Violents, that’s a crazy name.’ And I was like, ‘No, that’s an amazing name. I’m writing that down.’”

While in Sydney, a bus accident prevented the project from continuing the tour, causing Iero to really reflect on the band’s name.

“So this project made me think about that moment, and what that collection of words meant. I thought about how life for us changed so abruptly and so violently, and how that was a real, active participant.”

The accident also impacted the creation of the band’s album, Barriers.

“I knew I had this huge elephant in the room, like this life-changing event that just seeped into my DNA. I felt like a completely different person because of this thing that happened. And now this is the first record since that occurrence, and I kept looking over my shoulder at this giant dark cloud and being like, ‘I have to address this. There’s no way I can’t address it.’ But everything I said didn’t feel powerful enough, or it didn’t encompass all of the emotions that it had inside about that event. So I put it off because I thought, ‘Maybe I don’t know how to do this anymore. Maybe this is just too big and I can’t move forward from it.’

And then we’re talking about these musicians, these people that I’ve wanted to be in a band with for 20 years telling me, ‘Hey, now’s the time you can do it.’ And I thought to myself, ‘How stupid to miss out on this opportunity because I can’t address this and deal with my shit?’ And that was my wall. That was my barrier.”

FIATFV also reveal how they all have matching barbed-wire heart tattoos which they got while they were all recording in Chicago, proof of exactly how much of a team these bandmates really are.

You can check out the full interview, here.

You can catch Frank Iero and the Future Violents on tour now. Check out the full list of dates below and pick up your tickets here.


06/14 –  Orlando, FL @ The Social
06/15 – Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
06/16 – Columbia, SC @ The Senate
06/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
06/20 – VA Beach, VA @ eLEVATION 27
06/21 – Washington DC @ Union Stage
06/22 – New York, New York @ Rocks Off Cruise
09/27 – Guadalajara, Mexico @ C3 Stage
09/28 – Monterrey, Mexico @ Cafe Iguana
09/29 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Auditorio Blackberry

Other news

Speaking of MCR reunions, it looks like the Jonas Brothers may have leaked a possible MCR reunion.

The brothers appeared on the KISS FM Breakfast Show June 7 to discuss their new album, but during the interview, Joe Jonas dished some dirt that is definitely toying with our emotions.

Joe claims that while they were rehearsing in New York, MCR were apparently there rehearsing right next to them.

“I’ve got some dirt. My Chemical Romance apparently were rehearsing next to us in New York recently, which I thought they broke up, so I don’t know.”

Could this really be happening? Or are we simply a “Sucker” for another rumor?

You can check out the full interview below, with the MCR talk beginning at the 6:15 mark.

What do you think of the mini MCR reunion with Frank Iero and Ray Toro? Sound off in the comments below!

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Written by Alex Darus