While My Chemical Romance's return has been delayed, guitarist Frank Iero is on his way back with new music from his solo band Frank Iero and the Future Violents. In fact, at least one song should sound pretty familiar as he's just released the group's cover of the R.E.M. classic "Losing My Religion."
In 2016, Iero and his guitar-playing brother in law, Evan Nestor, were involved in a brutal motor vehicle accident in Australia – one they barely survived. During the process of recovery, the R.E.M. song, “Losing My Religion” started making pivotal appearances in unusual places / weird circumstance and the mantra repeated itself as time went on.
When Iero resumed touring after the accident, one of the members of the support band, Kayleigh Goldsworthy, struck a chord both literally and proverbially. Iero explains, “From the first show I was completely impressed with her musicianship and by touring together I realized she was also a rad human being who I desperately wanted to write and play music with. In my mind she was already in my next band, I just had to write the music, name the band, find the other musicians, oh and of course ask her."
He continues, "During that first tour together we got to talking about how she played the mandolin and how we shared a love for R.E.M., and more specifically ‘Losing My Religion.' So, on the last night of tour in San Francisco we found an empty room/hallway/stairwell type place and made an iPhone voice memo demo of the song. It felt like magic and that was the moment I was convinced this couldn’t be the only thing we did together.”
The two acts continued to tour and during a stop for a BBC Session at the legendary Maida Vale studios, Iero, Nestor and Goldsworthy recorded "Losing My Religion."
"Losing My Religion" initially appeared on R.E.M.'s 1991 album Out of Time. The band won the Best Short Form Music Video and Best Pop Performance By a Duo or Group With Vocals Grammys for the song. It topped the Mainstream Rock and Modern Rock Tracks charts while crossing over to hit No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and it's been certified as a platinum single in the U.S. Check out Iero's cover in the player below.
Frank Iero and the Future Violents, "Losing My Religion" (R.E.M. Cover)