Frank Iero + Evan Nestor Play Favorite My Chemical Romance + Solo Project Riffs
Frank Iero and Evan Nestor have found a great musical camaraderie over the span of Iero's post-My Chemical Romance career, and in this edition of Gear Factor powered by Sweetwater, the two musicians come armed with their guitars to reflect on the riffs that changed their lives.
During the episode, Iero reveals that the first song he ever learned to play was a TV theme for a show he never even saw. Yet, the Peter Gunn theme by Duane Eddy is a classic with a very recognizable guitar line and the simplicity of the track appealed to Iero, who laughs, "It’s super simple. That’s all I learned, and I'm like, 'Oh, I’m a guitar player!”
Once both musicians started learning how to play, the early '90s provided major influence. Nestor pulls out one of Weezer's catchiest early tracks while Iero reflects on how beautiful the chord progression is.
Finally, the two musicians dig into Iero's own works, with the guitarist reflecting on his own work with My Chemical Romance and recalling the creation of the ear-catching riff for "Helena." Of his solo offerings, Iero calls "Medicine Square Garden" from his new album "one of my favorite songs I've ever written, while also teasing a nod to "All I Want Is Nothing" from the Stomachaches album. Nestor leans toward the Parachutes song "Dear Percocet," while Iero reveals a bit of the influence of the track.
You can find Iero and Nestor playing together again with the latest Iero solo project, Frank Iero + the Future Violents. Their album Barriers is due May 31. Pre-order the disc here and look for them on tour at these stops. And if you're inspired to pick up the guitar after hearing of Iero and Nestor's beginnings, get all the gear you need at Sweetwater.com.
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