Frank Iero And The Patience / Walter Schreifels
Corner Hotel, Melbourne 11/10/2016
Review & Photos: Luke Sutton
After a brief appearance earlier this year to make up for the cancelled Soundwave run, Frank Iero was back in town with his band The Patience to promote his forthcoming sophomore LP, Parachutes.
First up, we were treated to the musical stylings of New York singer-songwriter Walter Schreifels, who took to the stage awkwardly (but no less charming) with a wonderful set. Bantering throughout his set about pet kangaroos and Kangaroo Jack, he made a lot of noise for one man and a guitar, performing a solid set which we can safely say his audience all really enjoyed.
As stage time for Iero got closer, it was a bit disappointing to see such a small turn out. This didn’t stop his fans from crowding up against the stage, though – as Iero arrived on stage with his band, officially known as The Patience, he was grinning from ear to ear, blasting through a set of songs which highlighted his strengths as a solo artist. Iero’s technical skills as a guitarist were impressive, displaying a fortitude of precision as he nailed each riff. Particularly in “Guilt Tripping”, the wails of the guitar juxtaposed with Iero’s vocals to create a gnarly wall of sound. “Neverenders” was a big highlight of the set, the crowd swarming like bees in a hive.
Surprisingly, there was very little performed off of Parachutes tonight, with “I’m a Mess” and “Remedy” being the only two songs previewed. While there definitely could have been more performed, we’re sure Iero is simply keeping his cards to his chest, and will perform the rest of the songs when they’re ready. Depending on how one looks at this, it could very well be taken as a good omen that we’ll soon see Iero return to Australia for a proper showcase of Parachutes.
While Iero was never front and centre in My Chemical Romance, he really proved to us tonight that he has the look, the charisma, and the confidence to lead his own band. On a side note, BLUNT wishes Frank and his band a speedy recovery from their incident in Sydney, and hope they return to our shores soon!