Last year should have been the year of My Chemical Romance, with fans snapping up the tickets to their planned reunion shows within minutes of release. Unfortunately, the pandemic has put an end to those plans or at least delayed them dramatically. Luckily for fans, there’s been a saving grace of new music from much-loved band member Frank Iero, and his latest offering does not disappoint.
Iero has always employed a new band name for each stage of his solo career, The Cellabration, The Patience, The Patients, The Future Violents, and now The Future Violence. This new offering serves as a companion piece to 2019’s critically acclaimed full length, Barriers and is due out January 15, 2021, via UNFD.
Heaven Is A Place, This Is A Place is a short but sweet EP that also contains a cover of R.E.M’s ‘Losing My Religion’ with guest vocals from Kayleigh Goldsworthy. Depending on how you feel about R.E.M, it could even be possible to say the cover is even better than the original. Alongside this song stand three new tracks from Iero that are well worth a listen.
The first track, ‘Violence’ starts with impressive riffs and tells us, “You got so sick, I thought I’d die, you got so down, I couldn’t get high.” Perfect piano can be heard in the background before we head into a chorus that picks up so Iero can make it clear that “Your violence feels like kisses to me, your silence makes it harder to breathe, your distance feels like I’m not enough… I need your touch.” This song is brilliant, and it is bound to have the audience asking for more.
Next Up is ‘Sewer Wolf’, which is equally as good just in a different way, one in which the vocals are genuinely, screamingly special. As is the last track, ‘Record Ender’, a six-minute-long extravaganza that acts as the perfect closer. Rather unsurprisingly fitting of its title as Iero sings, “Maybe we fooled them all, at least I hope we did.” it’s truly the perfect end to a great EP that we recommend you stream as soon as it’s possible.