FRANK IERO and the PATIENCE have released their newest EP, Keep The Coffins Coming via Vagrant Records/BMG this week following their debut and sophomore albums, Stomachaches (released in 2014) and Parachutes (released in 2016).
The project has been one that has been teased since as early as July when the group revealed the four-track EP was in the works with the legendary Steve Albini (who you may from his record engineering work with Nirvana, Pixies, Cheap Trick just to name a few). In just days, where frontman Frank Iero shared it went from receiving the green light to packing up a U-Haul and heading out to a giant firehouse building in Chicago — Keep The Coffins Coming emerged as the “missing link” between aforementioned Stomachaches and Parachutes.
Summing up the album, Iero had this to say: “It’s everything I wanted it to be. It’s fuckin’ awesome!” and shared the intimate details of how he came about getting to work with one of his heroes, a dream he had since age eleven.
“When we were done touring Stomachaches, I talked to my manager, Paul, about what we should do. I had my bucket list and one of the things on there was to work with Steve Albini,” says Frank Iero. “Paul asked how long I’d wanted to work with Steve and I was like, ‘Since I was, like, 11!’ I wanted to make a Steve Albini record! Paul said he’d call him and I was like, ‘You can’t do that… that would be weird. Don’t do it.’ And he was like, ‘That’s my job!’ ”
Being immediately drawn in by the colorful album art (created by Dan Carter), the more observant fans may notice the alter in the band’s moniker on this release, calling themselves FRANK IERO and the PATIENTS in light of the touring accident the band faced last year in Australia.
The EP begins with the track, “I’m a Mess” which fans will recognize as the alternate version to the Parachutes version. This revamped Coffins release is the angrier, in-your-face, rough around the edges version of the beloved version fans have been rocking out to for years. Just when you thought the song couldn’t get any better, here it is revamped by the guys and Steve Albini for a version absolutely made to be performed. The lyrics of the song itself start off dark and through the repetition of “Maybe I’m a mess / and I ain’t gonna change” to “Finally proud to live inside my own skin” the song is a celebration of your flaws and learning that it’s alright to not have your shit 100% figured out.
Things slow down for the second track titled “B.F.F.” This intimate track was first shared back in 2014 when a video was released by Iero featuring none other than his two twin daughters. Frank has shared on numerous occasions the uniqueness of this track in being that his daughter Lily actually wrote the lyrics (the chorus is a song she would sing to her sister Cherry when they got into a fight). Now, years later the track was given a heartbeat in including the full band, which comprises of guitarist/frontman Frank Iero, Evan Nestor on guitar and vocals and drummer/vocalist, Matt Olsson. “B.F.F.” may seem like just a cutesy filler, but imagine being a young child and getting to collaborate with your dad for a track that will live on forever. Plus, it’s the perfect song to send to that person in your life that you’ll cherish and be friends with forever…just not right now.
Picking things back up comes, “No Fun Club,” which is all the screamo and angst your heart desires. With over 20 years and contributing to over 10+ albums, Iero definitely does not disappoint. “No Fun Club” embodies not being able to have the energy to impress others, or even giving a damn about proving yourself. This fast-paced track is the shortest on the EP though what it lacks in seconds it definitely makes up for with its hard-hitting vocals and heavy emotions, being perfectly relatable for when you’re tired of the shitty games too prevalent in society these days and all the fake smiles and backstabbing that can simultaneously occur.
The EP closes out with a cover song, “You Are My Sunshine” originally performed by The Pine Ridge Boys in 1939 and later made popular by Johnny Cash. It may come as a surprise to hear this punk rock version for anyone just stumbling across the EP, but Frank Iero and The Patience have been performing the track for fans in concert for over two years now. This studio version FIATP-twist on a classic, ties in perfectly with the other three tracks, complimenting the album almost as neatly as would a silk ribbon bow.
Since their release of Parachutes in late 2016, FRANK IERO and the PATIENCE have been touring non-stop. You may have caught them on their headlining tour early this spring or throughout the summer supporting Rise Against, Thrice and Deftones. Though the fun doesn’t have to end just yet – the guys are wrapping up their European tours and immediately will be heading back to the U.S in November for a few shows in the Midwest/East Coast. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to catch FRANK IERO and the PATIENCE as they close out 2017. Details and tour dates are below!