Album Review: Frank Iero and the Future Violent’s ‘Barriers’

Frank Iero and the Future Violents "Barriers"

By Chyrisse Tabone, Rock At Night Tampa

Album Review: Frank Iero and the Future Violent’s Barriers–Release date May 31, 2019 under UNFD

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Frank Iero and the Future Violent’s (guitarist/vocalist in My Chemical Romance) third solo album Barrier was released on May 31st under the label UNFD–and it was love at first listen!  The sound is very dark, post-punk blend with an uplifting punk or pop feel, with heavy influences–think Nine Inch Nails meets The Cure.  Yes, the late-80s and early-90s feel are truly captured in a tight little package, much to my pleasure.  Barriers really hit my nostalgic button, making me yearn for that time period.

The album starts with a different feel-good, gospel-ly, 50s sing-a-long with “A New Day’s Coming”.  Don’t be fooled with the first song because the rest of the album takes on a different feel.  Songs with dark, Trent Reznor-ish heavy, minor-key guitar riffs, with punk influences include “Feaver Dream”.  Listening to “Moto-Pop”, with its fast, pop-punk, hard-driving beat showed influences of Jack White and even The Cure.  “Basement Eyes” is starts very heavy and grungy, but then breaks into harmonies as the song progresses.  More Robert Smith-ish vocals ensue with songs like “Ode to Destruction” and “No Love”.

I really liked every cut on the album, which made me intrigued to capture to band on tour.  They are currently touring in America and heading to Europe in July.

Frank Iero and the Future Violents is Frank Iero, Evan Nestor, Matt Armstrong, Tucker Rule and Kayleigh Goldsworthy. Barriers was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini.


1. A New Day’s Coming
2. Young and Doomed
3. Fever Dream
4. The Host
5. Basement Eyes
6. Ode to Destruction
7. The Unfortunate
8. Moto-Pop

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April 24 Lima, Peru – CC Festiva
April 26 Santiago, Chile – Club Subterraneo
April 27 Buenos Aires, Argentina – El Teatrito
April 28 Sao Paulo, Brazil – Fabrique Club
May 1 Monterrey, Mexico – Cafe Iguana
May 2 Mexico City, Mexico – Sala
May 29 Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry
May 30 Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage
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June 1 Pawtucket, RI – The Met
June 2 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
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June 6 Detroit, MI – El Club
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June 8 Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom
June 10 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
June 11 Birmingham, AL – Saturn
June 13 Tampa, FL – The Crowbar
June 14 Orlando, FL – The Social
June 15 Jacksonville, FL – 1904 Music Hall
June 16 Columbia, SC – The Senate
June 18 Charlotte, NC – Amos Southend
June 20 Virginia Beach, VA – Elevation 27
June 21 Washington, DC – Union Stage
June 22 New York, NY – Rocks Off Cruise

June 29 Atlantic City, NJ – Atlantic City Beach [Warped Tour]
July 5 Hradec Kralove, CZ – [Rock for People]
July 13 Upcote Farm, UK – [2000 Trees]
July 18 Patchogue, NY – [Great South Bay Music Festival]
July 21 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater [Warped Tour]




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