Album Review: Frank Iero and the Patience, Keep The Coffins Coming

Frank Iero and the Patience
Keep The Coffins Coming
According to Iero, the pursuit of the band’s latest EP came as a pursuit of a bucket list item he’d had since age 11. Despite advisement from his manager not to reach for this particular brass ring, Iero and the band called legendary producer Steve Albini and booked three days in Chicago. What emerged is the missing link between the band’s earlier efforts, Stomachaches and Parachutes, and perhaps their strongest efforts to date.
There is a devil-may-care looseness to the band’s approach that marries punk and rock and roll abandon and aural excess in decadent ways. Particularly the speedy guitars and caterwaul vocals present on lead track “I’m A Mess.” Imagine Oh Sees doing Dramarama’s “Anything Anything (I’ll Give You)” to gaze at the vapor trails of the band’s trajectory here.
Similarly, during “No Fun Club” the band delivers evokes a bratty Buzzcocks-esque racket that meanders without shame like a noisy, lobotomized bull in a retro-punk China shop.
The curveball here is the EPs final track, a noisy, rave-up version of kids lullaby “You Are My Sunshine,” which veers into territory once occupied by White Stripes.
There is an engaging agelessness to the sound of a band who is doing the shit they want to do for their own sake. This is precisely the sound of Keep The Coffins Coming. (BMG/Vagrant)
Catch the band live here:
FRANK IERO and the PATIENCE Tour Dates:
11/17 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues *
11/18 – Grand Rapids, MI @ 20 Monroe Live *
12/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live! *
12/28 – Huntington, NY @ The Paramount **
12/29 – Worcester, MA @ The Palladium **
12/30 – Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom **
* w/ Descendents
** w/ Thursday & PUP