Frank Iero is a visionary man, This was evident in his contributions to the energetic uniqueness of My Chemical Romance, and in his short-lived side project Leathermouth. He creates a world through music, and this is something he’s continued to do with great success in his new band, Frnk Iero and the Cellebration. The name is difficult to get right on paper, and difficult to pronounce, and the sound is difficult to define. You can’t put this band into a genre category, and that makes some people uncomfortable. But the fact is, Stomachaches is an exceptional successful debut album. Every song is different, Every song is a celebration of the macabre, and the 12 songs together produce a theatrical picture of an angry world filled with a raw, intensely honest view of the world and its inhabitants.
Songs like ‘.She’s the Prettiest Girl at the Party, and She Can Prove It With a Solid Right Hook’ brings out a surprisingly softer, insightful side of the band. The song is clearly personal, with lyrics like ‘But you’re on my mind/And the things that you say hurt me most of the time’.
There are a few songs on the album you’ve probably heard already, made famous by their artistic, but comically distrubing music videos. Songs like ‘.Weighted’ and ‘.Joyriding’ are have it all, insightful lyrics, catchy choruse’s an contagious hooks. They’re guaranteed to be crowd-pleasers live.
It’s not often I find a song so good it makes my personal playlist, but ‘.All I want is Nothing’ made that list on the first play-through. It has everything you coudld want, the ‘check check’ opening to provide vintage authenticity and the speedy radio-esque lyrics of a punk song, but with a rhythmic melodic, catchy chorus that has you singing it all day without getting bored.
As far as debut albums go, .Stomachaches by Frnk Iero and the Cellebration is a damn good one. I anticipate great things for this band, and wouldn’t be surprised if there was a UK tour on the horizon. For a review of their set at Hit the Deck Festival, head over to the ‘Gig Review’ page at the top.