Keep The Coffins Coming by Frank Iero and the Patience
Steve Albini is one of those names in the music business, almost always spoken in tones of reverence. He has produced some of the biggest bands in the alternative music scene, such as Nirvana, the Pixies, and Jawbreaker. Famous bands are just the tiniest fraction of the artists Albini has worked with. His name is at the top of the bucket list of “people to work with” for many musicians, including Frank Iero.
Frank packed up a U-Haul with his gear and his bandmates, and drove to Chicago, spending three days recording Keep the Coffins Coming at Steve’s Electric Audio studios.
There is nothing on Keep The Coffins Coming that a dedicated fan of Frank Iero and his various musical projects hasn’t heard before. One song is off the sophomore album Parachutes, one was a digitally released collaboration between Frank and his kids, and the other two have been played live at various shows. Additionally, “No Fun Club” is built upon the bones of “xmas sux,” the surly-punky satirical anthem to the holiday season posted to SoundCloud years ago.
The EP showcases the absolute genius of Steve Albini’s hands-off approach to producing; his goal isn’t to impose his “sound” onto a record, but to bring out and record the unique sonic qualities inherent to a particular band. Most times he does this with analog recording equipment, an abundance of microphones, and a hyperfocused attention to details.
The Patience is already a tight band; they’ve been playing together for almost four years now. Albini’s preference for recording bands playing as a band rather than the more common multi-track recording process highlights how solid the band is. Their sound on this EP is warm and rich, full of fuzzily-distorted guitars and shrieking feedback. The vocals and drums aren’t buried under noise, and the bassline buzzes along in audible counterpoint.
According to Frank, “The EP is this missing link between Stomachaches and Parachutes.” And it seems to be exactly that, straddling the gap between the raw and unpolished sound of Stomachaches and the powerful emotional punch packed by Parachutes. In the end, Keep the Coffins Coming is a gorgeously punky set of songs, fun and enjoyable.
Frank Iero and the Patience are currently touring Europe and will finish off the year with a handful of US dates. You can purchase Keep the Coffins Coming digitally or on vinyl on the day of release.
Standout tracks: You Are My Sunshine, I’m a Mess
4 tracks, 12:47
September 22, 2017
The Patience are:
Frank Iero – guitar, vocals
Evan Nestor – guitar, vocals
Matt Olsson – drums, vocals
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