Oct 22, 201410:00 AMReviews
Frnkiero and the Cellabration Stomachaches
In March 2013, successful emo rock band My Chemical Romance announced their break up, much to fans’ dismay. This was, however, not the end of Frank Iero’s music career. On August 26, 2014, the former My Chemical Romance guitarist released his debut album Stomachaches with new band, Frnkiero and the Cellabration. While this is not the first time Iero assumed the role of frontman (he did the same for Leathermouth, his screamo side band formed in 2007), Stomachaches is the first time Iero writes brutally honest and personal lyrics. No topic off limits, Iero writes about his marriage, loss, and the fear of starting over.
Lyrically, the album encompasses a variety of emotions. There is self-deprecating negativity in the chorus of “Tragician,” where Iero cries “I can’t seem to get my s—together/Not ever/No matter how hard I try.” The album ends on a depressingly optimistic note with the track “Where Do We Belong? Anywhere But Here,” whose last line goes “Someone I love threw me away/And I don’t mind/ We’ll get by somehow.” There is even a moment of awkward romance in “She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party, and She Can Prove It with a Solid Right Hook.” Iero speaks to his wife and says “cause I wanna be the only one to hold you so close and so tight/And if it’s cool with you/ I’d really love to spend the night.” It’s refreshing to hear such romanticism because most punk rock bands shy away from that kind of emotion.
Sonically, the album is primarily fast-paced punk rock. It does slow where appropriate (i.e. “Stage 4 Fear of Trying” and the punk ballad “She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party, and She Can Prove It with a Solid Right Hook”), only to come back in full force with fast, distorted guitars accompanied by vocals with grungy fade effects heard in “Neverenders” and “Smoke Rings.” Stomachaches is a fantastic representation of who Frnkiero and the Cellebration are and what they can do – melodic punk rock with emotionally charged lyrics.