It takes guts and a whole lot of courage to trailblaze down the path that you desire with the intention of never turning back. After wearing many hats throughout the music industry, Frank Lero has paved his own way and brought to life his punk rock project, Frank lero And The Patience, who are kicking off their U.S headline tour as we speak. I caught up with Frank to discuss how the project was brought to life, his perception of tattoos, his ultimate day off in between touring and more.
You are gearing up to kick off your U.S. headline tour in Brooklyn on 4/18 at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. What do fans that will be attending the show have to look forward to over this tour?
Well this is officially the first US tour in support of Parachutes. So I think people can expect to hear a lot of new songs from the record and also some older favorites (as well as one or two b-sides). I think we put together a really good mix of the old and new.
Tell us about how Frank lero And The Patience was brought to life.
Well after touring on Stomachaches I knew it was time to start work on the next chapter. I thought about how when an artist enters the studio you have to kind of burn down the past and reinvent the way you approach your craft. The pitfall is the band sounds different after emerging from the process yet you have to call it by the same name. I feel like since this is my solo project I am in a unique position where I get to call the shots and can really do whatever I please. Plus if my name is in front of it, I can call the band something different each time and still avoid any confusion as to who is involved. So last time I felt like I needed to bring along something celebratory with me on the road, but this time I don’t feel that way, I’m more comfortable in my role. This time what I truly need is the ability to take a breath and enjoy the now… I need the virtue of patience.If you were a fan in the crowd at your show, what would your ideal response/feeling be to your live performance?
I just want people to have a good time and share completely in a moment. Look out for each other and create a positive memory.
Do you feel as though tattoos serve as a benefit to society as means of artistic expression?
Sure, I think any time people are able to express themselves in a unique and artistic way it is beneficial.
Tell us about your favorite personal tattoo and the artist that you worked with to bring the piece to life.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been tattooed by many talented artists, most of which I am lucky to call friends… so it’s hard to narrow down. But I think the top was probably getting to work with Kat Von D on the portraits of my grandparents. She’s an amazing artist and person and she really did a wonderful job. I remember how happy my grandfather was when he saw them, I’m so glad he got to see it while he was still alive and it wasn’t just a memorial piece.
If you had to choose a theme song for your career and experiences as a musician so far, what song would you choose and why?
Jee. I’ve never been asked that or even thought of this before. I guess I’d go with “My Way”. It’s such an incredible song, and I remember hearing it for the first time when I was a little kid…a band my grandfather was in played it at the end of the night in a smoky speakeasy type club. I got to go see him play there on the weekends if I was good. It’s such a powerful song and I remember everyone in the place dancing and singing along. I feel it’s fitting, I’ve done things on my own terms and I’m pretty proud of that.
What do fans of Frank lero And The Patience have to look forward to over the remainder of 2017?
Well more touring and I’m also looking to release an ep that kind of bridges the gap between Stomachaches and Parachutes this year.
If you could travel any country for one month straight and tour with any musician either dead or alive, what country would you choose and which musician?
Wow this is a very specific fantasy! Well I’d choose Japan because I love it there so much and I haven’t been in a really long time, and the musician I would choose is my grandfather because he was the most amazing person I have ever known and I think he would have really gotten a kick out of being there.
What is your ultimate day off in between touring to fuel your creativity and get you going for the next show?
Definitely sleep, like 14 hours easy (this never happens at home by the way). Then brunch with the kids and my wife. Maybe a little record shopping? That always calms me down. And then go to a movie.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
I’m really looking forward to this tour with Dave Hause and the Mermaid, I think we’ve put together an amazing package and I really think it’s gonna be a great time. See you at the shows!