Song: Young and Doomed
Artist: Frank Iero and the Future Violents
Date of release: 21/03/19
Genre: Punk Rock
Record Label: UNFD
For Fans Of: My Chemical Romance, Against Me! Leathermouth
"It keeps me awake at night
The realization that I might
Be a drag no one wants to inhale"
Well ladies and gentlemen, Frank Iero has done it again with another name change and another album in the works with his project, Frank Iero and the Future Violents (f.k.a Frank Iero and The Patience...f.k.a frnkiero and the cellabration...formerly just Frank Iero of some band named My Chemical Romance that you may, or may not, have heard of). In this single, Young and Doomed, the build-up continues for their upcoming album, "Barriers", set for release on May 31st.
Right out of the gate, Frank and his cohort deliver us a collaboration of sounds that has more twists and turns than my Facebook timeline on April Fool’s day. There are energetic efforts from the whole band sprinkled throughout, balanced by abrupt stops and frantic beats and erratic vocal phrasing and melodies from Frank that give this track so much quirkiness and character that I rarely stumble across when listening to new music nowadays. It reminds me of a teenager in their wild years, feeling the joy and peril of life whilst simultaneously experiencing an existential crisis that makes them ponder the mysteries of the world and still have unchanged levels of care or opinions regarding the marvel of it all. Lyrically, it can feel like that’s exactly what Frank is trying to achieve with this track, he’s gone and captured the essence of teenage angst perfectly here.
If, that is in fact, the desired effect that FI&TFV were hoping to emulate through sonic means, thankfully, the video lends a lot to this idea as well. Amidst a messy and cohesively well shot music video that’s plastered with colourful and, at times, chaotic projector screen overlays, shots of the band members edited to resemble their younger selves takes up a chunk of the middle and lends to the idea that this song was written for youth, by youth(ful musicians at heart). In one final homage to the past, Frank states "I promise, I’m not okay" before cheekily acknowledging his time in My Chemical Romance and rounding out 'Young and Doomed' with its final sing-a-long vibe of a chorus.
Band names can usually give a solid indication of what to expect from a band’s repertoire of songs, and with a moniker as odd as Frank Iero and The Future Violents I didn’t have many expectations going into this. Ever the optimist, I was sorely mistaken as the band delivered a very strong track that has my ears to the ground anticipating the release of "Barriers" at the end of May.
Would You Go And See Them (WYGAST) 3/5
Personal Enjoyment: 8/10