In an exclusive interview with Kerrang!, Frank Iero has opened up about his feelings of absence and the loss of self that have become part of his DNA since a devastating car accident in 2016. The mental impact of it has been severe.
“This [event] has absolutely, 100 per cent changed my life," Frank tells Kerrang!. "When you watch movies and people have these kinds of experiences, they’re usually like, ‘Oh, but now I feel great about it, because I could have died and everything’s awesome.’ I mean, I’d like to think that. So you’re left wondering, ‘Why don’t I feel like that?’”
Often reliving the experience in frightening detail, the struggle has been captured on Frank’s new song Six Feet Down Under, taken from his upcoming album Barriers (released May 31 via UNFD), in which he sings: ‘There’s a part of me that’s not sure if I’m here / Yeah, there’s a definite part of me that don’t believe in the now / And that’s just the start of it, ‘cause I ain’t convinced you’re all real’
“Is it possible that there’s these crossroads or branch-off moments where things could have gone one of two ways?” he asks Kerrang!. “And maybe there are different planes of existence where we didn’t make it. And this one where we did. And am I currently living in that one? I don’t know. Even in my therapy sessions, no-one can really answer all the questions that I have. Did I actually come out the other end? Am I still alive? Or is this all just a weird figment of my imagination? No-one can truthfully answer that question, or tell you that this is real.”