On June 21, Union Stage will be hosting Frank Iero and the Future Violents with Reggie and the Full Effect. The Future Violents are Frank Iero’s most recent band, transforming from his past band frnkiero andthe cellabration [sic]. Their newest album Barriers includes much of the trademark guitar seen from Iero and his versatile voice, while bringing in inspiration from soul and blues for a sound that is unique while still sticking to their punk roots.
The former My Chemical Romance guitarist, which he references slyly on his single “Young and Doomed” with the line “And I promise that I’m not OK/Oh, wait, that’s the other guy”, has produced the new album Barriers with an ode to regrets, confessions, and not being scared of things holding you back. There’s an air of hope in many of his songs, but the tone ranges from the lullaby-esque opening track “A New Day’s Coming,” to the full on metal riffs found in “Medicine Square Garden,” to the emotional pain he experienced after a near death experience represented in “Six Feet Down Under.” The album takes the listener on a ride of emotions, following much of Frank Iero’s grieving process after having a near fateful accident in Australia while unloading gear from his van with other band members. This experience inspired the message of the album that is portrayed so strongly, and that Frank Iero has talked about himself in past interviews and his podcast, that you have to make the best out of the time you’ve got and there’s no reason to be scared. The album represents making the choice to either wallow in hopelessness, or to go out and fight it and make a change, marking a change in the frontman’s life and mind, as well as his musical direction.
Reggie and the Full Effect will be joining Frank Iero, marking somewhat of a reunion for the two. Frank Iero briefly played with Reggie and the Full Effect, offering bass and co-lead vocals on their farewell tour. Reggie and the Full effect attracts fans of punk, rock, emo, and hardcore alike. Many of his songs are humorous and his albums can be full of skits, and his performances are known to have a stand-up comedy show-like vibe. Marking a change in Dewees’ songwriting, Reggie and the Full Effect’s most recent music has taken a more serious tone, representing some serious maturing lyrically. However, his trademark humor is still in full swing, with the album art itself being a parody of Adele’s “21,” and the trap music intro and outro to what is his otherwise hardcore song “Trap(ing) Music” on the album. Whatever mix of humor and punk jams Reggie and the Full Effect brings, you’re not going to want to miss it.
By Isabella Madrid
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