Frank Iero & Laura Jane Grace deliver the punk tour of the year

If there was ever a co-headline tour we needed, it sure was this one. 

One of the most exciting tours to happen in 2019, Laura Jane Grace And The Devouring Mother’s hit the road with Frank Iero and the Future Violents and Mobina Galore in August.

“Over the moon to bring the songs of Bought To Rot to the UK & Europe and honored to do so in such fantastic company, alongside friends Frank Iero & the Future Violents and Mobina Galore. Each night we’ll be playing our record in its entirety as well as a mix of surprises. Hope to see you there!” said Laura Jane Grace about the announcement.

Frank Iero added “I am so excited to be touring with our friends Laura Jane Grace and the Devouring Mothers in the next few months. They are great people, fantastic musicians, and put out one of my favourite records of last year. I really think it’s going to be an incredible set of shows.”

The London date of this tour was one we simply could not resist checking out! And boy as it worth every single minute, and to be honest we kind of want to do it all again. After a wild and frenzied support set from punk rock duo Mobina Galore, Frank Iero and the Future Violents take to the stage.

With Frank Iero up first, he quickly throws the crowd into a frenzy as he rips into his set with tracks like Veins! Veins!! Veins!!!, I’m A Mess and Joyriding. Having just released his new record Barriers earlier this year, Iero’s band may have a new name but we get the same punk rock attitude with iconic riffs we know and love. And while there’s many in the crowd who fell in love with Iero’s guitar skills way back when My Chemical Romance were making all the emo hearts beat faster, his sound is certainly much more grown-up and punk and only reminds of MCR on very few occasions. Which has gained Iero many new admirers over the years and cemented his place in the New Jersey punk scene.

A Frank Iero show is everything punk should be – it’s loud, it’s rough, it’s in your face. It’s a high you don’t want to come down from and at times it feels a little hard to breathe from the intensity running through your veins. And as if we weren’t already having the times of our lives, Frank Iero adds a surprise track with B.F.F., a track off his 2017 album Keep The Coffins Coming, and featuring his daughters Cherry and Lily.

And the greatest punk co-headline show of 2019 continues as Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace takes to the stage with her new band The Devouring Mothers. Admitting halfway through her set that due to having only released one album so far, last year’s Bought To Rot, the crowd would be treated to its entirety as the and have nothing else to play. No complaints on our end!

What is clear is that Grace is enjoying this headline set as much as the crowd, if not more. She’s beaming and throughout the entire set doesn’t lose the smile on her face. This positivity is hard to not fall in love with, add to this her honest lyrics, the humor she brings to the stage and the evolution of her songwriting. If there was ever anyone who personifies everything punk is about it’s Laura Jane Grace, who throughout her journey has always stayed true to herself.

With tracks like I Hate Chicago and Amsterdam Hotel Room being clear crowd favorites, Grace also throws in the occasional cover and a few tracks off 2008’s Conceptual Paths. 

If there was ever any doubt in anyone’s mind whether or not punk is dead, Frank Iero and Laura Jane Grace have sure proven them wrong at Scala this August.