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Oct. 4th, 2010


[info]anya_malfoy

Cover was tweeted by MCR Official

Check out the cover for MCR's album "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" available 11.22.2010 - http://wbr.fm/9cs1ZJ

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Sep. 29th, 2010


[info]anya_malfoy

Rocksounds thoughs on the new album

My Chemical Romance’s ‘Danger Days…’ - Here’s What You Need To Know
Killjoys, listen up! Here's what we learned from hearing the new My Chemical Romance album 'Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'. Fans and haters alike, come and see what they've created...



I sat down and listened to the My Chemical Romance album this morning. And this is what I learned…

1. This isn’t the stripped-back garage rock album they initially said they wanted to make…
By now ‘Na Na Na’ has slammed its way around the internet like everyone knew it would, and Gerard Way’s pre-release chat about how thrashy and punky the record was going to be appears to have been borne out… except it hasn’t. Yeah, the aforementioned tune (which is the album’s opening track proper), ‘Party Poison’, Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back’ and ‘DESTROYA’ all sound like some hyperspace version of The Stooges, especially with Way’s none-more-snotty vocals and Ray Toro’s squealing guitar pockmarking everything, but the overall pace of the album is slower than some might have anticipated. Is that a bad thing? Metamorphosing from stadium-bound pomp-rockers directly into speed-punk thrash bastards would have been a step too far and could, arguably, have felt like they were shedding their skin without any coherent rhyme or reason, but the way they’ve used everything they learned on ‘The Black Parade’ and tightened up in certain places feels natural and confident.

2. …but that doesn’t matter at all.
Musically, MCR know how to write a chorus or two. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what we call an understatement. Where ‘The Black Parade’ was grand in concept, scope and tone, ‘Danger Days…’ is less histrionic, and the band’s approach pays dividends. ‘Bulletproof Heart’ is a glorious anthem spattered with strings and canyon-sized drums, and Gerard’s exhortations to “Sing it for the boys, sing it for the girls” won’t feel at home until they’re booming out of a festival-sized PA next summer. Same with ‘Planetary (GO!)’, which uses drum machines and a few dabbed synths to push the band into different directions than they’ve been previously.

3. This album doesn’t tell the full story of the Killjoys.
Attentive fans will have worked their way around the web already, filling in the narrative blanks, but here’s what we know thus far: set in 2019, the album is effectively guided by Dr Death – he’s the voice at the beginning of ‘Na Na Na’ – who broadcasts via radio to the Killjoys. Someone called S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W is involved (he took the mugshots the band plastered on their website) and the whole thing is some twisted view of a future America; the closing track ‘Vampire Money’ makes that clear, and we’re not going to spoil the surprise of just how it does that. Moreover, Way has teamed up with artist Becky Cloonan and writer Shaun Simon to produce a comic book also called ‘The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ – this won’t just tell the same story of the album in a different format but will, we’re betting, accompany the narrative and help fans to get a more rounded view of the story on the record. What we’re seeing, essentially, is the creativity of the band taking flight musically, graphically and literally.

4. The band have been experimenting in the studio.
On a first listen, ‘SING’ and the opening to ‘The Kids From Yesterday’ jar because… well… they’re very electronic-based. There are new sounds and new tones everywhere on the record, and the melding of keyboards, alarms, drum machines and all sorts of electronic paraphernalia – probably whatever they could get their hands on and thought might sound good – makes ‘Danger Days…’ sound nothing whatsoever like previous MCR releases. But give them a little time and it all makes a lot more sense, because what the band have tried to do is create a whole new aesthetic, which is why the imagery marks a clean break from everything they used to be.

5. They really like The Cure
‘Summertime’ is so ridiculously similar to late-period The Cure it’s tempting to make loads of snide comments about goths, but writing MCR off as emos is just as congenitally fucking dumb as writing The Cure off as goths. So don’t do it, internet.

6. ‘Danger Days’ will take flight on a massive scale
‘S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W’, ‘Planetary (GO!) and ‘Bulletproof Heart’ are, as I mentioned before, FUCKING GIGANTIC TUNES. And not in a Black Parade-esque ‘Let’s chuck everything at the song and hope it all works out’ way but in the sense that the band have really worked hard on creating songs that boom and heave. Considering they’re a shoe-in for summer festivals in 2011 I reckon they’ll come up with a production that fits the album – not in the sense of sheer, crass size but in the same aesthetic world so the performances will be as much of the Killjoy spectacle as the album and the comic book. Does that sound cool to you? It sounds cool as balls to me.

7. They’re having a hell of a lot of fun
Here’s what a lot of people don’t get: My Chemical Romance are a band. They are not a cult, a phenomenon or anything else, they are some dudes who play some music and play some shows. On ‘Three Cheers…’ and ‘The Black Parade’ that got forgotten, probably by them and definitely by the world at large as they were held up as leaders of a forgotten youth or some such bollocks. The heaviness of the themes on ‘The Black Parade’ and the surrounding media circus that swirled around the band’s every step couldn’t be any further in the past – a comic-book narrative rendered in eye-wateringly bright colours set in the future, for fuck’s sake! This is meant to be the band responsible for every drop of adolescent misery! And one listen to ‘Na Na Na’ rams the point home – it’s a joyous explosion of sound that feels so fun because it’s liberated from having to be meaningful. They’re telling a story, and there’s a beauty in that simplicity.

This isn’t our review of ‘Danger Days’ – that’s coming in a future issue of Rock Sound.

http://www.rocksound.tv/blog/article/my-chemical-romances-danger-days-heres-what-you-need-to-know

Aug. 31st, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

MCR Masks almost sold out/Win!!!

Hello again friends,

We have one last limited edition 'The Black Parade is Dead' coffin AND a complete set of Day of the Dead band member masks, and we want to give it to you guys. To enter, all you gotta do is simply send an email saying you want to enter to mcrcontest@warnerreprise.com with your first and last name and your address and we will select one random person to win! The contest begins August 29th and ends on September 10th.

We also just found a lot of classic MCR T-shirt designs in our archive. All of these t-shirts have been added to our sale department for only $9.99. If you never had a chance to pick up these designs, do it now! There's also new designs like the Slasher T, so check it out here.

Please be aware that there are limited sizes and quantities available for each sale item. Lastly, the Day of the Dead band member individual masks and mask bundles are almost sold out! Once these masks are sold out, no more will be made! Get your band member mask or bundle here.

May. 29th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Location change for the protest.

This came via email:

Hey, a major update about the protest so listen up!

The protest has changed location and will now be held by Marble Arch. There is a concrete area there, where we will go.
Marble Arch is in Oxford Street, London and is right next to Hyde Park. This means that lots of passers-by will see our protest. The nearest tube station is Marble Arch. Make sure you guys don't go to Derry Street or Round Pond, but meet here instead. This is where the majority of the protest will be and we won't be marching anywhere (simply because it'd be hard to keep everyone safe whilst we're moving).

See you guys in a couple days,
Anni Smith.

[info]anya_malfoy

A MESSAGE FROM MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE

We have recently learned of the suicide and tragic loss of Hannah Bond. We'd like to send our condolences to her family during this time of mourning. Our hearts and thoughts are with them.

My Chemical Romance are and always have been vocally anti-violence and anti-suicide. As a band, we have always made it one of our missions through our actions to provide comfort, support, and solace to our fans. The message and theme of our album "The Black Parade" is hope and courage. Our lyrics are about finding the strength to keep living through pain and hard times. The last song on our album states: "I am not afraid to keep on living" - a sentiment that embodies the band's position on hardships we all face as human beings. If you or anyone that you know have feelings of depression or suicide, we urge you to find your way and your voice to deal with these feelings positively.

Sause

Also on Buzznet.

May. 22nd, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Mindless Self Indulgence's Lyn-Z Tired of Being Labeled 'Gerard's Wife'

Lynz speaks out )

Sause

May. 17th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Daily Mail Protest

In response to the Daily Mail's repeated attacks on MCR several fans are attempting to organize a peaceful protest/march against them. Especially since they have blamed the band for the poor 13 year old girl's death, we feel something must be done.

http://www.whatthefrank.co.uk/

Please, if you live in the UK, consider coming along and promoting this event.

May. 15th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Old Photo's that are new!

Peter Hill took photo's of MCR in Brighton UK last year and has not posted them before. He's just uploaded them to his website. Click here to see them

May. 11th, 2008


[info]blackroses

Professional photo's from the MSG show



A link under here to see them. Enjoy!

These pictures weren't taken by me.

May. 6th, 2008


[info]blackroses

The Black Parade is Dead

Mikey Way's message, spelling mistake included )

Pictures of the masks, whos do you think is whos?

May. 2nd, 2008


[info]bloodyhands

THE BLACK PARADE DIES THIS MONDAY

This Monday the 5th, on Cinco De Mayo, you'll be able to pre-order The Black Parade Is Dead!, the new CD/DVD from MCR coming June 24th. It's got two full shows - one from a small club performance at New Jersey's own Maxwell's, and the other from the final performance of The Black Parade in Mexico City. You can also pre-order a limited special edition that comes in a coffin case, plus a mask personally designed by one of the band members, and three songs from the CD that will come right to you after you pre-order! Head over to theblackparadeisdead.com for more info on Monday!

Apr. 27th, 2008


[info]bloodyhands

NME USA Awards 2008: The Winners

And they are...

Best Video: Justice - DANCE
Best International Live Band: Arcade Fire
Best New International Live Band: Klaxons
Best New Live Band: Vampire Weekend
Best New Solo Artist: Mark Ronson
Best Breakthrough Artist: Santogold
Best Solo Artist: Albert Hammond, Jr.
Best International LP: Arctic Monkeys - Favourite...
Best International Solo Artist: Kate Nash
Best International Track: Klaxons - Golden Skans
Best Band Of The Year: The Killers
Best LP: Foo Fighters - Echoes...
Best Classic LP: Lemonheads - It's A Shame...
Best Indie Track: The Killers - Tranquilize
Best Breakthrough Track: MGMT - Time To Pretend
Best Indie Live Band: My Chemical Romance

Apr. 24th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

My Space MCR Bulletin, win tickets!

riot squad is giving away a few pairs of tickets to each show.

Head on over to their myspace page for all the details.



xoxo
MCR

Apr. 23rd, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Billy Talent 'Destroy' Tourmates My Chemical Romance

Canadian rockers Billy Talent are currently on tour with My Chemical Romance, and drummer Aaron Solowoniuk has been writing to Buzznet about all the shenanigans that have taken place so far.

April 17th and 18th. Congress Theater. Chicago.
We showed up in Chicago for a day off on the 16th. About a week ago we got a notice on our tour bus about WhirlyBall on the day off. It wasn't an invite but a notice that anyone who doesn't show up will be kicked off the tour. At 8pm, all three tour buses showed up at the WhirlyBall court. For those who don’t know about this game, here are the rules: 5 against 5. Everyone is in a bumper car holding a scooper. I think it's called a Scooper? - you race around and chase a ball and scoop it up and then try and throw it through a basket. It's a pretty awesome game. For the last battle of the night it was MCR vs. Billy Talent. We destroyed them.

More about the shenanigans here

Apr. 17th, 2008


[info]blackroses

My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way Condemns Emo-Bashers

Emo fans have been threatened with violence in Mexico in recent weeks, but apparently Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance has taken up the cause. When MCR took the stage this past Saturday at Zero Fest in Mexico City, Way immediately spoke in earnest to the crowd, according to MTV News:

Cut For Language )

Gerard appears to be the first major music personality to stand up and say something in defense of the subculture that has been discriminated against recently. His profanity-laden rant could be the first step in some sort of peace treaty between emos and the ruffians who would impose their will upon them.

Buzznet
Gigwise

Apr. 14th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Horton sees a who?

Any one else noticed the similarity between Jojo and a certain member of MCR?



Seems it's not just me

Apr. 12th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

My Spazz hacked again

My Chemical Romance have had their My Space Page hacked again. This bulletin is fake.

Image under here )

Apr. 8th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

Finally Big Cheese Ray Interview Scans!

Here they are, click on the smaller pictures for the larger versions. I warn you they are huge. No pictures of Ray in a Ray interview. HUH? But a couple of shots of Gerard, Mikey and Frank.

Six Pages Under Here )

No hotlinking please, because of the size they have been uploaded to my personal website and I pay for bandwidth used.

Apr. 6th, 2008


[info]anya_malfoy

From a TFAW email

"We don't know if you've heard of this little comic called The Umbrella Academy or the band My Chemical Romance yet, but if you have heard of them, you know who Gerard Way is.

We cordially invite you to stop by our Portland Store on Tuesday April, 8th from 4-6 P.M. to get your comic book signed, take a picture or just chat with one of the coolest dudes you'll ever meet.

Portland Store Contact Info: http://www.tfaw.com/r/r.php/nl373/75833
Directions to our portland store Location: http://www.tfaw.com/r/r.php/nl373/75834 "

Apr. 2nd, 2008


[info]bloodyhands

Possible Cover Artwork for the Black Parade is Dead



No confirmed date as yet

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