Frank Iero releases his first post-My Chemical Romance effort on August 25 through Hassle Records in the UK. But does it live up to their legacy? Scrappy, idiosyncratic and infectious as hell, Frank Iero’s first solo record finds him in unknown (and very, very dark) territory. There’s a desperate, anarchic energy to songs like ‘All I Want Is Nothing’.
A record born out of physical frustration, Stomachaches is the debut solo release by New Jersey singer/songwriter Frank Iero, best known as a founding member of alt-rock giants My Chemical Romance and frontman for Leathermouth and Death Spells. When the painful digestive problems that had long plagued him began to dramatically increase in late 2012, Iero fought back against his stomach pains and nausea by setting up a makeshift studio in his basement and pitting his creative will against his illness. Every time he began to feel a bout of stomach pains coming on, he retreated to his studio and worked out new ideas with no real aim except to distract himself.