Great news Frank Iero fans! Following up last year’s first-ever release as Frank Iero and The Future Violents, Iero and company are back with a brand new EP.
Now going by Frank Iero And The Future Violence, the band – featuring Evan Nestor on guitar and backing vocals, Murder By Death bassist Matt Armstrong, Thursday drummer Tucker Rule and Kayleigh Goldsworthy on keys, mandolin, and violin – will be releasing a new four-track EP titled Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place.
Due out January 15th via UNFD, the new release will include three b-sides from the band’s Barriers recording session plus a cover of REM’s “Losing My Religion.”
Elaborating on the new project, Iero says, “The Future Violents was the perfect band at the perfect time for me. 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.”
Iero adds, “The title of the EP actually comes from the night before we started recording Barriers at Electrical Audio in Chicago. The band went out to eat and get drinks at a local Tiki bar called, Lost Lake. On the menu that night there was a drink called Heaven is a place/This is the place. I love when the universe gives you gifts like that. You just have to be in tune to your surroundings.”
The beloved My Chemical Romance guitarist went on to say, “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.”
For a glimpse into Iero’s new highly anticipated EP, be sure to check out the riveting rendition of “Losing My Religion” below. Afterward, be sure to pre-order Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place here.
02. Sewer Wolf
03. Losing My Religion
04. Record Ender