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Album Review – “Stomachaches” by frnkiero andthe cellabration

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In the year and a half since the break up of My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero has kept himself busy. He’s collaborated with James Dewees (Reggie and the Full Effect, the Get Up Kids) on Death Spells, an electronica-tinged hardcore audio-visual project. He’s released a handful of new tracks under his own name, and even worked with his twin daughters on a song.

While struggling with health issues, Frank often found himself in his basement studio, channeling his emotions and thoughts into music as a distraction. And after a while, he discovered he’d created enough material to put out an album. So he did.

Stomachaches is his totally DIY solo project – he wrote all the lyrics and music, laid down the tracks, played guitar and bass and on one track, the drums. The songs range in mood from frenetic to brooding, and there’s a very intimate feel to the entire album.

Frank is no stranger to creating music; he’s been in bands since he was a teenager. But this is the first time he’s worked by himself, without the synergistic influences of other band members, and the result is nothing short of brilliant.

The music is gritty and deliberately rough, the whine of feedback and thrashed guitar riffs, coupled with a thrumming bass line and crashing drums. Given that Frank has stated that he started with the bass guitar on most of these songs, it’s no surprise that the bass is especially noticeable on most of the tracks. The album stays true to Frank’s New Jersey hardcore roots, fast and angry, with vocals layered under the music, all of it raw and sharp-edged.

The lyrics are scraped nerves and blood, intensely personal and self-reflective. From struggling with relationships (“I’ve spent my life getting in my own way. so I could use something good, I really need this to work out” from She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party, and She Can Prove it with a Solid Right Hook) to self-doubt (“Love won’t save me from myself” from Smoke Rings) to searching for your place in the world (“So I don’t know why it took so long to get back home. I’ve traveled all these miles just to get back home” from Stage 4 Fear of Trying), the words ring with a clarity that’s unflinching and true. It’s slam poetry for punks, and the words cut deep.

The album holds together beautifully, evoking empty Jersey parking lots and chain link fences, flowers growing between the cracks of sidewalks and the faint sound of laughter. Under the self-depreciation is surprising strength and the joy of finally finding your way home.

Standout tracks: Stage 4 Fear of Trying, All I Want Is Nothing
12 tracks, 37:26
Released August 25, 2014

Frnkiero andthe Cellabration will be doing a few headlining shows before hitting the road with the Used and Taking Back Sunday until October. In November, they will be touring the UK in support of Mallory Knox. Frank has recruited Evan Nestor (guitar), Rob Hughes (bass and Matt Olsen (drums) to play with him on tour.

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by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)

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Live Show: 08/25/14 – Frnkiero andthe Cellabration @ Vintage Vinyl

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Vintage Vinyl is a rarity in today’s modern world – a brick-and-mortar store filled with vinyl records, CDs and more. While most of the world has switched over to internet stores and digital music, Vintage Vinyl caters to the growing number of music lovers who prefer vinyl. It’s an enormous store, well-lit and organized, and it’s clear that the owners and employees put a lot of effort into making it a welcoming place for everyone, from casual vinyl collectors to hardcore connoisseurs.

Over the years, Vintage Vinyl has hosted a wide array of artists in their store. The walls are covered with autographed photos of bands who’ve played at the store, many well-known names including the likes of Ozzy Osbourne, the Bouncing Souls, Gogol Bordello and Danzig. It’s not an ideal venue, because the crowd ends up wedged between rows of CDs and vinyl, but the small size makes for an more personal experience.

Frnkiero andthe Cellabration is the solo project of singer, songwriter and guitarist Frank Iero (Death Spells, My Chemical Romance, Leathermouth). This particular performance was to celebrate the release of his debut album, Stomachaches, and to allow fans to interact with Frank.

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Frnkiero andthe Cellabration started off with This Song is a Curse from the 2012 movie Frankenweenie, which was a great surprise. It’s a fun song, and it was obvious that it was a fun song to play, as well. From there, the band played a selection of songs from the new album, including fan favorites She’s The Prettiest Girl At The Party, And She Can Prove It With A Solid Right Hook, Smoke Rings and Joyriding. The closer was Weighted, the first track off the album with a video, a delightfully gory Goonies meets Pet Sematary mashup. It’s the song most people are most familiar with, and it was lovely to hear the crowd sing along.

It was clear that the band was enjoying themselves, playing for a small audience. And in spite of the audience’s distance from the stage, the show still had a very intimate feel to it, almost like watching a friend’s band play in someone’s basement. From the very first note the audience was entranced and spellbound by the band’s energy, singing the words to the songs they knew, bouncing and dancing in place.

The sound was surprisingly good, and the volume was perfect; too often the sound overwhelms the space and distorts the music. Overall, it was a great show, and I hope I’ll have a chance to catch Frnkiero andthe Cellabration again in the near future.

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Frnkiero andthe Cellabration will be doing a few headlining shows before hitting the road with the Used and Taking Back Sunday until October. In November, they will be touring the UK in support of Mallory Knox. Frank has hijacked Evan Nestor (guitar), Rob Hughes (bass and Matt Olsen (drums) to play with him on tour. Catch them live if you can, and definitely buy Stomachaches, because it’s an amazing record.

by cardiac_in_overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)

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Suicidal Tendencies Bass Player Tim “Rawbiz” Williams Passes Away

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A message was posted on Suicidal Tendencies Facebook page stating:

“It’s with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassists Tim “Rawbiz” Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn’t at it’s best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally”. -Suicidal Tendencies Official

From all of us at Fr.U.N.T. Music we extend our hearts to the friends and family as well as band mates of one of the most energetic and talented bass players we’ve ever had the chance to see perform, Tim “Rawbiz” Williams.

 

 

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Fr.U.N.T. Music Interviews Alex Markowitz from Stroamata – by Cardiac_in_Overdrive

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Stroamata is another one of those bands that’s impossible to label – and they are totally all right with that. Influenced by a myriad of styles and artists, they manage to create something unique in a musical landscape filled with Auto-Tuned pop and bland hipster rock. Lush vocals and fierce lyrics combine with darkly dreamy riffs to produce beats that transcend the ordinary; the band calls it the future of Rock and Roll. They just might be right about that.

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Fr.U.N.T. Music had the opportunity to ask Alex Markowitz from Stroamata a few questions and he was gracious enough to take the time to chat with us.

Cardiac_in_Overdrive: You usually don’t run across many bands with an actual real-live mission statement. Most bands don’t feel the need for a mission statement. And yet, Stroamata has one: “To push Rock and Roll out of nostalgia and into the 21st century…mixing up our varied influences and trying to make new Rock and Roll to claim as our own.” It’s awesome. But how did it come about?

Alex Markowitz: For a multitude of reasons, enough to literally fill a book, Rock and Roll’s addiction to nostalgia has caused it to become stagnant. Hip Hop and Electronic music has been allowed to make incredible innovations over the past decade, and it is time for Rock to do the same. There is no shortage of unsigned bands making great music, and we need to push Rock into the 21st century in order for Rock to not only remain relevant, but retake the crown of being the culture defining medium. We have made this our mission, because we love this kind of music and we are determined to see it succeed. Additionally, for Stroamata to succeed in its goals (we want to be international headliners) we need Rock and Roll to shed its nostalgia and push toward the future. Hence we are fully invested in our mission statement, because our own survival depends on it.

CiO: The biggest musical trend I’ve seen lately has been a serious return to the DIY ethos common to punk bands. In Stroamata’s case, it includes a unique method of getting your music out to your audience, eschewing a yearly album release schedule. What moved you to take that particular direction and how is it working for you?:

AM: We have released LPs and EPs in the past, but the whole process was too slow to accommodate the amount of new music we were writing and wanted to get out to the public. Truthfully, as an unsigned band we do not have the resources and bandwidth to properly promote a single album. It is easier and more advantageous for us to release singles as we write and record them, because we can put our focused efforts into promoting singles one at a time. That being said, we got to the point that we were releasing music so frequently that we oversaturated our fans, so we are going to slow it down a bit and actually release an EP that will be a collection of singles.

We have no masters to dictate what we have to do, so we are just figuring it out as we go along, which is one of the best parts of being DIY. We make the decisions, and we get to figure out what works best for us!

CiO: Both Boston and New York City have thriving and vibrant music scenes. What prompted the band to pull up roots and move to NYC?

AM: We love Boston, but we had been playing there for years and it was time to take a risk and try our luck in NYC. We are just trying to reach out and find more fans!

CiO: The band is comprised of artists with very different influences, from indie rock, trip-hop, psychedelic, soul, goth, industrial, folk, electronic, punk, hip-hop, and probably many more. Is it difficult to pull a cohesive sound out of so many different inspirations? I read in an interview that the band throws all these different sounds into a blender, but how do you smooth out the chunky bits?

AM: It only gets chunky when a song leans too far into one specific genre. If it sounds too Trip Hop, then we have to add a dash of Indie and Industrial. All of the different influences swirling around the room helps us get the next chord, the next verse and to the next song without getting too hung up

CiO: What do you hope your audience takes away from your music? Does your answer change when it’s recorded music versus live music? And as a band, which do you prefer – performing on stage, or making music in the studio?

AM: At the moment, we prefer playing live. We love recording, but nothing beats the high of playing to an awesome crowd who is hungry to hear us! Whether it is live or recorded, we just want to leave the audience wanting more!

CiO: What’s next for the band? I’ve heard rumor of more singles. Any specific song-in-progress you want to talk about?

AM: We are pulling out the GoPro we picked up for 100 bucks and we are going out to film a new video! We are also going to release a collection of our recent singles as we continue to cook up new songs for 2015.

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Stroamata are Dara Eagle (vocals, guitar), Akil Marshall (bass), Rob Morrison (guitar, vocals), and Alexander Markowitz (drums, backing vocals). They play quite frequently in New York City, so catch them if you can!

by Cardiac_in_Overdrive (@cardiac_ovrdrv)

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