Everyone thought that Frank Iero And The Future Violents would be over once the aforementioned aficionado’s most well-known project came back to life (names need not be mentioned). In typical Iero fashion, that myth has been debunked, with the icon and his gang returning with a clip for ‘Medicine Square Garden’ featuring contemporary legends GWAR.
The cut, taken from Iero’s last record Barriers, has been described by its composer as the album’s “most important track.” Iero adds that “it was the cornerstone upon which the rest of the record and band was formed. If we lost the battle on that song, the rest didn’t stand a chance. ‘Medicine Square Garden’ pushed the most boundaries, scratched the most itches, and terrified me far beyond any other song I had written. So when we crossed off every box in Chicago at Electrical Audio and listened back with smiles knowing we had accomplished our goals, a new objective soon emerged: Get the label to see our favourite song as a single, and let us make the video of my dreams.”
“Oh and if that’s not batshit enough for you, I already had the video in my head. So armed with crudely drawn set designs and a typed-up description of a witchy calisthenics workout meets a Robert Palmer alien massacre, I submitted my pitch to the label. This was my vision from the beginning and no one told me I was crazy. What a world.”
The label he refers to – UNFD – will also be releasing a limited edition blood red vinyl variant of Barriers as a tribute to Iero’s latest creative conquest which you can trawl for here. “‘Medicine Square Garden’ is not your typical single”, he redundantly points out. “It’s a five and a half minute attempt at answering the question, ‘What if Prince wrote a Sleep song?’”
Check out the clip for ‘Medicine Square Garden’ below.