Leathermouth is a new band on Epitaph Records which brough out their debut record in Januray 2009 “XO”. The lead singer Frank Iero brings his musical experience from My Chemical Romance, a band which in my opinion started out well and has completely drifted off into a zone I don’t want have anything to do with. Probably good musicians but nothing more than pop music.
Leathermouth is definitely something different, special and a lot louder! 10 songs make up this refreshingly fun record with titles like “I am going to kill the president of the United States of America” making people look twice at the lyrics which is getting more difficult everyday with the amount of boring bands taking the stage and copying other bands and their personalities. Here’s their intro straight of the Epitaph site:
“I think there is a void of bands that are outspoken on things that actually matter,” explains Iero. “There’s too much bad hair and white belts. Sometimes it nice to turn your brain off and just listen to someone sing about girls. I’m not knocking it. I do think there is a time and a place. But LeATHERMOUTH isn’t like that…it’s about hate. Hate that boils up inside and eats away at you, if you don’t vomit it up you know it will eventually destroy you.”
Tired of the misdirected blame in school shootings, overmedicating kids and nefarious politicians among other things, Iero viciously explodes with pent up frustration on XO, spewing his aggression out in a rapid fire succession. XO is a call to action with thick speeding rock riffs inciting listeners with brutal hostility, inculcating a sense of urgency with the controversial track “Catch Me If you Can,” which likens the NYPD to Jack the Ripper, “Sunsets Are For Muggings,” about being robbed of your childhood by drugs and therapy and “5th Period Massacre,” which points the finger at bullying students as the cause a school shooting.
“I would say this record is about trying to wake people up to what is happening right in front of their eyes,” Iero continues. “We are all trying our hardest to pretend bad things don’t happen to good people, and that there is some higher power looking over us…but it’s bullshit. Stop covering your children’s eyes. Everything is fucked, and pretending it’s not isn’t making things any better. I’m tired of people praying for a change when it’s up to them to get off their asses and make a change.”