Gamechanger World is the antithesis of a “punk” type show. It was actually a nice change of pace from doing photography at the bigger venues. The sound was loud and (for better or worse) I was right in the thick of the action. Let’s just say that Frank Iero‘s fans are a very devoted bunch as they pushed up front to get a glimpse of the ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist. I often guarded my camera like a newborn baby, but it enhanced the atmosphere. Sometimes, huge venues have too much space to really bottle up the excitement. As this was a hometown show, there was extra fervor not only from the fans, but the band itself.
One of the things I appreciated is that before his set, Frank Iero autographed merchandise and spoke to almost every fan who came to this table. I know the story. Many people think that some bands have that “rockstar” like mentality that keeps fans at a distance. The reason why this band will thrive is because the barriers that are broken down between fan and band member.
Frnkiero andthe Cellabration tore through an hour-long set which included cuts off their debut album, Stomachaches . In my opinion, these songs actually fit the low-key venue as they come off very visceral. The crowd was receptive to the songs “Joyriding” (there was less blood here) and “Weighed” in particular. There was even a Ramones cover mixed in at the end. Due to the younger crowd, not many recognized that “Rockaway Beach” was being played, but to their credit – this is the “new” age punk music.
Most of the fans in the crowd were high school and early college students who may have caught the tail end of the My Chemical Romance sensation. While that resume does not hurt when your are striking out on your own, Frnkiero andthe Cellabration is almost trying to take a u-turn with an unclean and organic feeling in their music. If this show was any indication of things to come, there will definitely be a loyal following.