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 a 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.
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.
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)