In the midst of international sensationalism and associated chaos of it all, Frank Iero has always found sanctuary in one place and one place alone. His basement.
Hot of the heels of some pretty big announcements pertaining to his ‘other job’ and in celebration of his most accomplished and successful work to date. This being the critically-acclaimed 2019 Steve Albini recorded double opus Barriers. Frank opened up his inner sanctum, his home studio, to a camera crew in order to document a visual representation of the most personal track on the album: Basement Eyes.
A true look beyond the candelabra, the Basement Eyes video is a fascinating insight into the psyche and process that Frank utilizes in creating music. Featuring studio reels, recording notes, tape mixes and title boards from the actual recording of Barriers, the grainy heart on the sleeve celluloid also features never before seen documentation of Frank’s ever expanding collection of instruments, guitars, pedals and most importantly fan art gifted to him over the years that adorns the walls of his home.
“We are proud to present you with our latest music video,” explains Frank excitedly. “It was directed by the talented David Brodsky and Allison Woest for My Goodeye Visuals. This song is very much about beginnings and ends. Many incredible feats have begun in a basement or a garage. I personally have started almost every musical or creative project of my career in a basement somewhere. I have learned to play instruments, started bands, painted, filmed videos, played shows, written and even recorded records there. It is my preferred creative space and the nucleus of where inspiration and ideas get formed into living, breathing pieces of art.”
When speaking about the song itself, Frank shares, “The song Basement Eyes was written in a basement. It’s about the feeling you get when starting something new and the fire that burns inside the creative mind. That fire pushes us forward. It urges us to continue making things not for the hope of fame or glory or the pursuit of monetary reward, but because it is a necessity for survival. The saddest thing about getting older is watching that fire go out or dull in other people’s eyes. Living a creative life, we tend to gravitate towards other likeminded people. Real recognizes real. Sometimes you start bands together or collaborate in some way. Sometimes just being around one another is enough. Even though these partnerships may be fleeting, you tend to continue in a strange orbit, occasionally meeting again somewhere along the way. Time passes, life happens, and I have seen people I hung out in basements who neglect their fires. Like a body needs vitamins and nutrients, our souls need to create. When that fire is extinguished, the hunger dies. Basement Eyes is a song about that experience. Enjoy.”
Talking about Barriers: “I never expected to do one solo record in my lifetime, let alone three,” Frank laughs. “Every time I start a new record, I say to myself ‘This is it. This is the end. This is the last one.’ It got me thinking about how we set up these obstacles around ourselves. Sometimes they’re for protection and sometimes they’re to keep people out, and sometimes we even set them up so that we fail and we find solace in that failure. But whenever I find something that scares the shit out of me, that’s when I know I have to do it! And so these songs are about experiences that were either walls I wanted to break down or walls that I’d built up around myself in order to protect myself. But these songs were also things that I’d never attempted before but had always wanted to try.”
Barriers is out now via UNFD. Stay tuned for more info regarding Frank Iero & The Future Violents in the future. In the meantime you can stay in the know via the official website, Facebook page and Twitter from where Frank Iero tweets as @FrankIero.
Featured photo credit: Mitchell Wojcik