Frank Iero & The Patience

Interview: Frank Iero, 16/10/17

At the Rescue Rooms, Nottingham date of their ongoing tour of the UK, we caught up with rock icon Frank Iero to talk about everything from food and touring to mental health.

What’s the rationale behind the tour supports? It’s a very diverse lineup…
For me, I’ve been doing this a long time. If I can’t tour around with bands I like then I don’t want to do it. I get to hand-pick who comes out with me and throughout the years I’ve got to meet some really cool people. I wanted to do a tour that would be my last one for a little while and these are my friends that are free and up for touring now.

What would you say is the best aspect of touring?
It’s definitely not the travel; the travel is what gets really hard. Getting to play these songs for different audiences is great – you get such a different reaction every night. Especially going overseas to Europe or the UK in that the cities aren’t far away from each other but the reaction is so different. Realising that and being able to duck and weave with that kind of thing to be like “this really works here, this doesn’t work here” helps you look really professional and get good at performing every night.

Would you say the worst aspect of touring is the travel?
Definitely, it’s hard! The fifth week of tour is where things get really hard, especially when you’re overseas. That’s when people start to crack get really homesick and get angry like “I can’t believe there’s no chips left!” People just explode. The fifth week is especially hard when there’s a sixth week happening though because by week five everyone goes crazy but if you have another week after this one it seems like it’s endless. We’re all really twitchy by the end of the fifth week. I’ve been doing this a long time and it’s always the way [laughs]. By the way, this is the fifth week…

Why do such an extensive UK run as opposed to playing the cities like everyone else?
I know I’m going to take a break after this year and I just wanted to do as much as I could. Nobody else does that, I don’t think. People have been coming up to us saying “why are you here? Nobody comes here,” and we just reply “because nobody comes here.” It’s fun! I just want to go out on a bang.

What’s the difference tour-wise between Frank Iero and the Patience, My Chemical Romance and Leathermouth?
Everything. It’s like asking what’s the difference between being a fireman, making doughnuts and being a shark… Literally the only thing the same is that there are shows involved.

What do you eat on tour?
[laughs] we’ve been using chopsticks a lot. Nando’s and peanut butter jelly… That’s been the staple stuff. Pizza Express just came out with vegan pizza too which is dope. Quavers is the other food group too.

Who’s the favourite band you’ve ever shared a tour bill with?
[sighs] all the bands I’m with right now…? Honestly that’s like picking your favourite kid, I’ve got a lot of friends. I’ve done tours in the past where I thought “oh this person sucks” and I just didn’t tour with them again. I think you can tell from my track record the people I like though.

Is there anyone you want to tour with in the near future?
[long pause, friend Cara Shaw suggests The Breeders] The Breeders, oh man… They would be amazing. How did I not think of them?

You’ve spoken a lot about working with Steve Albini on the new EP but can you sum it up in five words?
Unlike any other experience ever.

How did the cover art with [Radio 1 DJ] Daniel P Carter come about?
Dan and I have known each other a long time and he ended up doing the cover art for the split seven inch we did with Lonely the Brave a couple of years ago then we discussed working on the cover art for Parachutes but when the full scope of what that record was about it made sense for both of us to go in a different direction. I’d seen the first painting [the vampire that was to become the cover] and loved it enough to say “we should definitely do this one”.

You’ve spoken before about issues with anxiety – could you give us any advice for how to manage it at shows or on tour, from your experience?
I have to say – it’s rough. Sometimes you just go through a period where you don’t know what will set it off but your brain is so powerful it throws everything off kilter. I have a prescription I take for moments like that, when I don’t know when it’ll happen. The most important thing is to recognise you’re having an episode and the world isn’t falling apart around you. You need to settle down, breathe deep and compose yourself a bit. It’s almost like you’re having a nightmare and you have to remind yourself that you’re dreaming. It still sucks, but you’ll get through it. Surrounding yourself with people you love and feel comfortable with also helps.

What’s been your career highlight?
I have an answer for this because I was asked this the other day. It has to be getting to write a song with my kids [Best Friends Forever, from the new Frank Iero and the Patience EP] and record it with a childhood hero [producer Steve Albini]. That was a very full-circle moment. It’s almost like I planned it out… I didn’t but anyway [laughs].

Have you got any advice for young musicians?
It’s not a miracle thing that just happens. You’ve got to want it, and you’ve got to work really fucking hard. Ultimately it’s down to the saying ‘nobody cares, work harder’ [laughs]. Do it because you have to, not because you think you’ll get something out of it. You’ll be miserable for a long, long time. If you do it for the right reasons you’ll spend years and years trying.

Is taking time off what’s next for you?
Yes, totally. We end literally the 30th December and nothing else is booked. Back to the US after this to do three shows with The Descendents, one with Every Time I Die then three with Thursday and PUP then we’re done for a while.

 

Huge thanks to Frank for taking the time out to talk to us, it was a hugely surreal experience and he’s a hugely inspiring character!

Hear the new version of BFF below, or the original featuring his daughters in 2014 here:

Prey Drive announce tour

Prey Drive have announced that they will be heading out on tour throughout September.

Check out the dates below

Tour dates:
September
1st – Verve Bar, Leeds (UK)
7th – The Owl Sanctuary, Norwich (UK)
8th – Café De Speeltuin, Breda (NL)
9th – JH Zigzag, Merksplas (BE)
10th – Innocent, Hengelo (NL)
11th – Volt, Sittard (NL)
13th – Kulturfabrik Löseke, Hildesheim (DE)
14th – Treffpunkt 13drei, Emsdetten (DE)
15th – Rare Guitar, Munster (DE)
16th – Rock Café, Leuven (BE)

 

Check out the video for More Than Magic below

As Lions Reveal New Video

As Lions, one of the biggest new names in hard rock are back with their newest single; Selfish Age, the title track of their debut album which was released earlier this year. The video is a tour documentary which contains footage from various shows such as Rock On The Range, Nova Rock and Graspop. Check out Selfish Age below:

This single drop comes just before they set to embark on a USA and Canadian tour with Nothing More during September and October. They will then head back to the UK for a headline stint with Greyhaven as support in November, but that is not all, they have opened a competition from which nine bands will be picked to open their UK shows. Titled the Nine Lives Competition, the winning bands will experience support such as having a single and video being featured on the Louder Noise Youtube channel, being added to the Eleven Seven Spotify playlist and being given full social media support in conjunction with the tour. If wishing to enter, the band should live and play locally to ONE of the venues listed below. They should email links to their latest music and videos, a brief band bio and their social media links to: aslionsband@gmail.com.

Tour dates for UK are as follows:

HIGHLIVES Release New Video

Bristol’s pop-punk outfit HIGHLIVES have recently released their newest single Nothing Left, their previous EP titled Misguided garnered them huge attention and resulted in them sharing stages with bands like Neck Deep and As It Is.

“The track explores how a negative mind-set can push someone away in a romantic relationship whilst reflecting on the feelings that come with the absence of a loved one.” – HIGHLIVES

Check out the lyric video for Nothing Left below:

Catch the band at the following dates:

SEPTEMBER

Wednesday 20th – Exchange, Bristol (w/ Milestones & Gospel Youth)

Saturday 30th – Deadbolt Festival, Manchester

NOVEMBER

Thursday 9th – The Ballroom, Canterbury

Friday 10th – Harvey’s, Luton

Saturday 11th – The Attic, Torquay

Sunday 12th – Crofter’s Rights, Bristol

Owen Announced To Support American Football

American Football are set to head out on a string of UK dates soon. Today the band have announced that their very own Mike Kinsella will be performing solo as OwenOwen is the project that Kinsella took on post American Football’s hiatus. However, Owen will not only be performing at these UK dates, as the solo act is set to perform alongside the main band during their Dublin date at the Button Factory. This string of dates is definitely not one to miss out on. For tickets click HERE, and check out a song from Owen’s last album The King of Whys below.

Hollywood Undead Announce EU & UK Tour

With their upcoming album V being released on October 27th, Hollywood Undead have just announced they will be returning to tour Europe and the UK in 2018. Kicking things off in Scotland, the band hit Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich and London before heading to the Netherlands for their mainland Europe stint.

“We are so happy to be heading out for a tour in Europe. We love playing there, the crowds are great and we love the culture. Can’t wait to see old friends and make new ones. See you soon!” – Hollywood Undead

Incase you missed it, check out California Dreaming below, the leading single from their forthcoming album:

Tour dates:

Dave Hause announce tour

Dave Hause has announced he will be heading out on tour with his band The Mermaids with Frank Iero and The Patience.

 

Check out the dates below

Wed 20 Sep 2017 Newcastle Uni – Tickets
Thu 21 Sep 2017 Liverpool Arts Club – Tickets
Fri 22 Sep 2017 Leeds Key Club – Tickets
Sun 24 Sep 2017 Manchester Academy 3 – Tickets
Mon 25 Sep 2017 Brighton Concorde 2 – Tickets
Tue 26 Sep 2017 Bristol Fleece – Tickets
Wed 27 Sep 2017 London Tufnell Park Dome – Tickets
Fri 29 Sep 2017 Wiesbaden Schlathof* – Tickets
Sat 30 Sep 2017 Lindau Club Vaudeville* – Tickets
Sun 01 Oct 2017 Leipzig Taubchenthal* – Tickets
Tue 03 Oct 2017 Zurich Dynamo* – Tickets
Wed 04 Oct 2017 Vienna Arena* – Tickets
Thu 05 Oct 2017  Nuremburg Dynamo* – Tickets
Fri 06 Oct 2017 Cologne Gebaude 9* – Tickets
Sun 08 Oct 2017 Cardiff Globe – Tickets
Mon 09 Oct 2017 Norwich Waterfront – Tickets
Wed 11 Oct 2017 Edinburgh La Belle Angele – Tickets
Thu 12 Oct 2017 Aberdeen Garage – Tickets
Fri 13 Oct 2017 Glasgow Garage – Tickets
Sun 15 Oct 2017 Sheffield Plug – Tickets
Mon 16 Oct 2017 Nottingham Rescue Rooms – Tickets

* Headline shows with Frank Iero and the Patience as support.
Check out the track from Dave below

PVRIS Release New Track ‘Winter’

Rise Records‘ own PVRIS have just released their fourth single from upcoming album All We Know Of Heaven, All We Need Of Hell. Following in the path laid by Half, What’s Wrong and Heaven, Winter is available as a digital download, check out this link to grab a physical pre-order. Check out Winter below:

Full track listing:

Heaven
Half
Anyone Else
What’s Wrong
Walk Alone
Same Soul
Winter
No Mercy
Separate
Nola 1

FULL EU/UK DATES BELOW

2nd November Theaterfabrik Munich

3rd November Dynamo Zurich

4th November Magazzini Generali Milan

6th November Flex Vienna

7th November Lucerna Music Bar Prague

8th November Huxleys Berlin

9th November Docks Hamburg

11th November Pumpehuset Copenhagen

12th November Fryhuset Stockholm

13th November Rockefeller Oslo

15th November Live Music Hall Cologne

16th November Den Atelier Luxembourg

17th November Tivoli Ronda Utrecht

18th November Elysee Montmartre Paris

19th November Trix Antwerp

22nd November o2 Academy Bristol

23rd November o2 Academy Birmingham

24th November The Academy Dublin

25th November Mandela Hall Belfast (SOLD OUT)

27th November o2 Academy Glasgow

28th November Apollo Manchester

30th November o2 Brixton Academy London