Frank Iero is back again with his second album, but nothing is the same in Parachutes (out next Friday, October 28). In fact, the new album stands in such stark contrast to Stomachaches that Iero felt he needed to change the band’s name. Despite (thankfully) no lineup change, The Cellabration has been transformed into The Patience, and their sound underwent a major reinvention as well, so if you thought Stomachaches was lacking in any way (FYI, we don’t!), you’ll love Parachutes. With an all-around fuller-feeling sound, Iero is back with almost overwhelming guitar, badass bass lines, and howling vocals.
Parachutes sacrifices precision for passion as Iero gasps and wails his way through the turbulent album, with emotionally-charged vocals layered over killer guitar hooks that you can’t get out of your head. Every song is raw and ragged with a unique twist, from the acoustic Miss Me‘s country tinge to Iero’s cries of, “Sometimes the place you’re trying so hard to escape is the only place you f*cking belong,” in Dear Percocet. It’s all renegade and powerful, and much closer to Iero’s My Chemical Romance days than what I’d expected: heavy guitar combined with almost overpowered vocals to create a somehow pleasantly devastating experience. Iero tears himself (and the listener!) to shreds as he howls heart-aching lyrics that are almost painfully relatable to anyone suffering from the human condition in Remedy and I’ll Let You Down, two of my personal favorites.
In our recent interview, he said that he thought he “needed to kind of push [himself] a lot, almost to the brink” because this album demanded more than Stomachaches and its “makeshift art project” feeling. If that’s the case, Iero, you’ve certainly proven, yet again, that pushing yourself is what creates a truly golden album. Parachutes is neurotic, it’s ragged, it’s desperate, it’s volatile, and most importantly, it’s vivid, unadulterated Frank Iero and the Patience.
I’d been looking forward to this album since Frank announced its release, and even with my already high expectations, I was blown away. It’s rare for me to fall head-over-heels in love with an album so quickly, but I was amazed when I first heard Parachutes.
Seriously, make sure you get your hands on a copy of this album, out Friday, October 28. I can tell you right now that no matter what you’re expecting, your mind will be blown. I can’t wait to hear what you all think!