Punk-rocker Frank Iero and his band The Patience took over Tufnell Park Dome with Dave Hause and more, and it was the perfect punk combination to rock your Wednesday night (or any night).
Former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has long been working on his own solo projects, his latest team-up with The Patience is an old-school punk sound mixed with sprinkles of his days in MCR. On this Wednesday night at Tufnell Park Dome, Frank brings along a hammering group of support from Paceshifters, The Homeless Gospel Choir and Dave Hause + The Mermaid.
In true MCR fan fashion, the queue winds around the corner of Tufnell Park and quickly fills up the room not long after doors. The sold-out show draws in a mixed crowd which only improves the special atmosphere this line-up already presents.
Alt-rock trio Paceshifters open the evening with a raw set that is as catchy as it is exhilarating. A grungy cover of The Who’s Teenage Wasteland fits in nicely with the band’s own tracks off their debut album Waiting To Derail which will be out on 6 October via Hassle Records. The record packs a punch with its ripping vocals and pleading guitars. Tracks like Dead Eyes have feature hints of an early Nirvana.
Next up is Pennsylvania folk-punk musician The Homesless Gospel Choir. If you know who Beans on Toast is, imagine him with funky suits and American-focused protest songs. For the rest of you, Derek Zanetti aka The Homeless Gospel Choir is all the political riot in the shape of music you’ll need this year. With songs not just about politics but about things all punk kids can relate to he has no trouble getting the audience to love him. A story about a Green Day tape that made him finally feel like he belonged somewhere resonates with all ages of the crowd and is greeted with loud cheers.As Dave Hause & The Mermaid take the stage it is clear he is pumped to keep the show rolling. He kicks the set off with Damascus off his 2013 record Devour, and follows up with an anthemic mix of tracks from his three albums including a spot-on cover of Pearl Jam’s Reviewmirror also makes an appearance just before Dave . A few guitar troubles don’t slow the pace down at all, on the contrary, it seems to fire up Dave and his band even more. “You can’t let a broken string keep you down.” As he thanks Frank Iero for taking him out on the road he commemorates what My Chemical Romance’s legendary Black Parade record meant to him and to everyone else. ” My brother Tim and I lost our mom to cancer 13 years ago when he was just 11 years old. That record helped us through, like I’m sure it has helped everyone in this room.” Amen to that.
As the last riffs of Dave Hause’s We Could Be Kings echoes through the North London venue, the Philly singer launches into an attempt to teach the crowds the chorus to Time Will Tell which ultimately ends in a singalong to Oasis’ Wonderwall. The politically-loaded Dirty Fucker off Hause’s latest record Bury Me In Philly ends a fiery punk performance with a “middle finger to DC”.
Come 9.50pm, the crowd is not just warmed up, it’s a seething fire that’s ready to explode. And the drop of oil that sets the explosion off comes in the shape of Frank Iero & The Patience.The New Jersey outfit surrounding former MCR guitarist-turned-vocalist Frank Iero waste no time starting a fire at The Dome in Tufnell Park. Their sound adds a new spin to old school punk and offers a raw songwriting talent wrapped in Iero’s raspy, intense vocals. The high-temp and wild rhythm set reminds of Misfits or The Bouncing Souls, making the walls bleed and drip in explosive punk rock.
The set features songs across Frank Iero’s entire solo career including tracks from frnakiero andthe celebrations’ 2014 effort Stomachaches. The extremely catchy Weighted that sends the crowd into a frenzy with its anthemic hooks and sing-along potential. It’s without a doubt the best cue for crowd surfing on the night.
Speaking of crowdsurfing – on very few occasions at a rock show have I seen that many girls crowdsurfing and it fills my heart with love. These teenage girls feel safe enough amongst their peers and the crowd at Frank Iero’s show that they don’t even blink an eye before diving in. It showcases the essence of how inclusive and respecting punk shows can be.
Of course songs off Frank Iero’s latest EP Keep The Coffins Coming, recorded by Steve Albini, and the Patience’s 2016 debut record Parachutes aren’t kept off the list with BFF, World Destroyer and more. All in all, the four-piece shine like a bright punk rock meteor on a cold September night in London. Their show feels not just like a release for the band themselves but more so for the 600+ souls in The Dome. Frank Iero and the Patience deliver a performance that was liberating, sweaty and absolutely superb.