“My lungs are empty but my heart is full,” Frank Iero, lead singer of frnkiero andthe patience and half of Death Spells, said at his show in Columbus on Monday.
Iero, despite having “negative six voice” due to a week of double-headers in Europe, played a show with Death Spells and the patience, with The Bronx as an opener.
Death Spells, the first act of the night, opened with Iero and his partner, James Dewees, standing with sound boards in front of a projected screen of increasingly grotesque images. As the set went on, Iero got more and more excited, frantically spitting into the microphone and hanging off of the ceiling pipes to lean over the frenzied crowd. Dewees, ever-so-cool, jumped in with vocals from time to time that caused the fans to go crazy. Even fans who weren’t familiar with Death Spells beforehand were enthusiastic throughout the whole set and laughing as Iero cheekily said, “I’m James, this is Frank, and we’re Death Spells.”
Iero says LA-based The Bronx, the other opener, is one of his favorites, and upon seeing them perform, it’s clear to see why. Matt Caughthran, lead vocalist, thrashed around onstage as fans screamed along. A few songs in, Caughthran encouraged fans to jump onstage with him, saying that if fans didn’t start to stagedive, he’d jump into the crowd and “probably crush a whole lot more people”. The rest of the set, clearly, was high-energy. The exuberance translated well from all members of the band to the increasingly excited fans, and I don’t think there was a single person in the venue who wasn’t moving to the music.
Finally, the headlining act: frnkiero andthe patience. After Iero announced, laughing, that the set would be “a sing-along” because of his voice, he launched right in and gave the crowd everything he had in him. Afterwards, while talking to him, Iero mentioned feeling badly about the show and grimaced when I said I’d be writing this review, but I have nothing but praise. Despite being sick, Iero jumped around animatedly and leaned into the audience to sing and let them sing, in an incredible fan-band interaction that made the show even better than it would’ve been. There was a certain type of intimacy (that often, concerts lack) that Iero seems to have nailed, whether that’s through turning the mic around to let fans sing or hanging over the crowd. Besides that, his voice didn’t seem to be lacking – the powerful vocals were still there, and the effort he was putting into each note was crystal clear.
This was my first time seeing the patience in concert. I missed an opportunity to see the cellabration last summer, which is something I’ve regretted since then, but as soon as I heard Iero was coming to Columbus, I bought my ticket and marked my calendar. I had ridiculously high hopes for this concert, to say the least. Iero blew me away, though. The whole show was beyond what I could’ve imagined, and then I got the chance to interview Iero after the show (more on that later…), and I have to say that he’s probably one of the most genuine people I’ve ever interviewed. The whole experience was excellent, and honestly, I would list it in my Top Three Concerts of All Time for sure.