Release Date: Oct 28, 2016
Record label: Vagrant Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Much like the apparatus that gives the album its title, Parachutes is a collection of lifesavers for Frank Iero. Along with his band, the Patience (Alex Grippo, Evan Nestor, and Matt Olsson), Iero powers through his own sonic therapy sessions with searing punk blasts and seething urgency. Hardcore inspirations Black Flag and Minor Threat tear their way through rollicking tracks like "Veins! Veins!! Veins!!!" and "I'm a Mess," which sound like wistful memories from a sweaty suburban basement show.
Out with the old, in with the new. “I’ve been down this road once before,” gasps Frank Iero on ‘I’ll Let You Down’, and it rings true. Packed with ragged, neurotic and enjoyably volatile punk rock, ‘Parachutes’ picks up the baton from 2014’s ‘.STOMACHACHES.’ and runs it into new territory – never mind that The Cellabration are out, and The Patience are in.
Frank Iero isn’t trying to be slippery with his decision to change the name of his solo venture from frnkiero and the cellabration to the more straightforward Frank Iero And The Patience. It is drawing a line in the sand between the two albums—2014’s Stomachaches and the recently released Parachutes—and a recalibration of his internal clockworks. Stomachaches bore all the marks of being a self-produced, entirely self-aware project.