11 July 2014 @ 11:17 pm
New Frank Interview  
Exclusive: Frank Iero on life after My Chemical Romance, by Tom Bryant

FRANK IERO is exhausted: flat out, buried. He’s got deadlines he has no idea how to meet, commitments all over the place, and people everywhere he needs to talk to. He has a family too, kids to whom he wants to give his undivided attention and a wife he loves dearly. He’s got stuff going on all over the place.

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09 July 2014 @ 11:58 am
Interview with Frank in Kerrang  
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Mod Note: If anyone has a lead on a transcript, please feel free to link and I'll add it to the post.
25 February 2014 @ 09:38 am
B.F.F. Video Premier  
The Story

Frank Iero solidifies the "Best Dad EVER" title he claims in his Twitter bio in his latest musical collaboration—with his children. Not only did he enlist his twin daughters Lily and Cherry as primary songwriter and backup vocalists for it, but the proceeds from all sales of "B.F.F." go toward their, and their brother Miles', college funds. "So no piracy please," Iero said in his original announcement of the song. "You will literally be stealing from a baby."

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28 June 2013 @ 08:39 am
Short Story/Show Review by Frank in The Aquarian  
Raspberry Bulbs
285 Kent
May 23, 2013

BROOKLYN, NY—Our story begins two months ago, when my friendly metal companion played me a new record he had just acquired, Nature Tries Again, by Raspberry Bulbs. We both geeked out over how it sounded as if The Vaselines and black metal combined forces. The record became our jam. So naturally, when we stumbled upon a flier that Raspberry Bulbs would be playing some sketchy address in their hometown of Brooklyn, plans were made and kept.

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25 April 2013 @ 05:06 pm
Alternative Press Interview with Frank  
The End
Interview: Jason Pettigrew

Way before My Chemical Romance quietly adjourned in late March, Guitarist Frank Iero and keyboardist James Dewees were already concocting abrasive electronic music under the name DEATH SPELLS. Free from obligation, Iero now finds himself in the driver's seat with equal parts excitement, confidence and abject terror.

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[SOURCE] - When actual scans become available, I'll update the post with the images and fix the last paragraph of the transcript.
10 April 2013 @ 08:02 am
AP Interview with Frank  
Mega-Death: Frank Iero and James Dewees conjure Death Spells
April 10, 2013 by Jason Pettigrew

This week, former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero and MCR auxiliary keyboardist James Dewees (the Get Up Kids, Reggie And The Full Effect) hit the road as Death Spells, opening several shows for Mindless Self Indulgence. Given MSI’s penchant for challenging their audiences’ expectations (they did call an album Alienating Our Audience, after all), Death Spells’ band of electronic miasma and unbridled ugliness should make potential attendees as uncomfortable as possible. The way Iero explains it, that very intention was seemingly built into the band’s name.

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Death Spells begin touring with Mindless Self Indulgence in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 11. New tracks and video clips can be experienced at deathspellsmusic.com

25 July 2012 @ 10:42 pm
Kerrang! Article  
Chemical Reactions
Ten years ago, My Chemical Romance were just "a bunch of dorks" from New Jersey. Then they made debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love and set off on the path to superstardom. Tom Bryant revisits the start of the romance...

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[From the 24 July 2012 issue of Kerrang!. Scan source.]

Please thank [personal profile] alpheratz for transcribing this for us as I woke up with some manner of repetitive stress injury and it hurt to type.
18 January 2012 @ 10:51 am
New BDO Article  
Big Day Out 2012: My Chemical Romance
By Lydia Jenkin 1:00 PM Thursday Jan 19, 2012

2012 will see My Chemical Romance celebrating 10 years together, 10 years of uniting the teen masses with their anti-establishment messages and powerful punk glam rock.

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13 December 2011 @ 04:01 pm
Guitar World Article  
Frank Iero and Ephiphone team up for the Wilshire Phant-o-Matic
by Joe Bosso

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22 November 2011 @ 11:51 am
My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero: the 10 greatest punk albums of all time  
"My father and grandfather are both drummers, so music was a big part of my childhood," says My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero. "On the weekends, I used to go to clubs to see my grandfather play Dixieland and standards, and then I'd go somewhere else to watch my dad play the blues. A lot of times these were after-hours places where I shouldn't even be. The owners kind of looked the other way."

According to Iero, these experiences were his introductions to the punk-rock ethos. "It was about doing things the way you want, for sheer love of the music," he says. "The blues was my dad's punk rock – guys writing their own music, recording it in their basement and totally playing from the heart. People looked down at the blues at one point, but it really hit a nerve with him. When I discovered my own punk rock, I'm sure I felt the same way that he did."

While in high school, a friend played Iero a mix tape of of local, New Jersey-based punk bands, which the guitarist recalls as a defining musical moment. "Here were people my age putting on shows, making their own music, doing it DIY-style. It blew my mind! You didn’t need to be a virtuoso to start a band – all you needed was passion. I took that idea and ran with it."

Following family tradition, Iero became a musician. “I fell in love with the entire thing," he says, "Starting a band, putting up flyers, playing shows wherever I could – I loved the whole experience. It might have come from my dad and my grandfather, bit it also came from punk. The music was vital, but so was the mindset.

In Iero's view, punk still lives today. "It doesn’t matter what year you were born or what shows you went to," he says. "You can be a teenager in your bedroom, making music on your laptop. It’s about self-expression, going against the grain. As long as you’re doing it for the right reasons, you’re punk rock.”

On the following pages, Frank Iero lists what he calls the 10 greatest punk records of all time - in chronological order. "To me, that's the only way to do it," he says. "Saying one record is the best, as in THE BEST...I just couldn't go there."

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11 October 2011 @ 10:34 am
New Rolling Stone Article With Quotes From Frank  
My Chemical Romance's Frank Iero Designs Guitar for Charity
Guitarist also says new MCR music could come out by next summer


My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero has designed a six-string guitar for Epiphone called the Phant-o-matic. "I took the body from the Wilshire, I took the Anico Humbuckers out of the Les Paul, I put the Les Paul neck on it and headstock, changed the tuners around, and fucked a little bit with the electronics – and we made the Phant-o-matic," Iero tells Rolling Stone.

As a kid, Iero says he had his dream celebrity guitar, the Kurt Cobain-created Jag-Stang. But being approached by Epiphone to make his own model made Iero think about his family before any guitar legends. "Basically when given this opportunity the first thing that came to mind was my dad buying me my first guitar," he says. "And the reason I got into music was my grandfather and dads played drums and were in bands forever."

So, what did his dad say about the Frank Iero Phant-o-matic? "They were like, 'Are you serious? That’s crazy,'" he says. "My dad was super psyched." And to pay tribute to his family, Iero is turning the venture into a philanthropic endeavor. "About six years ago my family was affected by multiple sclerosis and that was the first thing that came to mind. The only reason I would be doing this is because of my family, so why not give back?" he says, adding that Epiphone is matching every dollar he gives to MS.

Designing guitars hasn't been his only recent burst of creativity. He says MCR have been very inspired of late as well. "Whether it be writing a new My Chem record or working on a different kind of project, there are a couple of things that are coming in the works," he says. "But I definitely see new music coming out or at least being worked on throughout the rest of this year and hopefully maybe something coming out by summer."

28 January 2011 @ 10:54 am
My Chemical Romance shows softer side  

My Chemical Romance is a band whose appearance has been critiqued almost as often as their music.

With each album comes a different aesthetic style, from black suits to marching band uniforms. The group’s latest release, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, features band members in outfits as colorful as the bold new album.

The group’s theatrics and wardrobe changes make them an easy target for sneering critics, but behind all of the gloom and the glam are four passionate individuals who genuinely care about music, art and their fans.

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27 January 2011 @ 05:10 pm
Total Guitar Article Scans -- January 2011  
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14 December 2010 @ 11:41 am
Q&A: Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance  
Recording its fourth album was a frustrating yet liberating venture for My Chemical Romance. Riding high on the critical and commercial success of its 2006 concept record, "The Black Parade," the New Jersey-bred band prepared to make its next statement with producer Brendan O'Brien. But, according to rhythm guitarist Frank Iero, those sessions just didn't feel right.

"We kind of defined what we thought it was going to be before we made it," Iero told SoundSpike. "That record was a little bit more straightforward. We were wearing our influences on our sleeve. It didn't feel like we had meshed those influences in with what we do well."

So the band -- which also includes vocalist Gerard Way, bassist Mikey Way and guitarist Ray Toro -- jettisoned those sessions and gave it a go with "The Black Parade" knob turner, new Warner Bros. Records Chairman Rob Cavallo. Those songs would amount to My Chemical Romance's latest concept opus, "Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys."

"Looking back, when we went back and re-imagined this record, those influences found their way in," Iero said. "It's our take on those influences, rather than, 'I want a song that feels this way,' and making that song."

The first official single from "Danger Days," "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)," was released to digital retailers Sept. 28. The album was released two months later, on Nov. 22, and claimed the No.1 spot on Soundscan's Rock and Alternative Album charts. It also debuted at No. 3 on the Digital Albums chart and No. 7 on the Internet Albums chart. In addition, "Danger Days" landed at No. 8 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, selling 112,460 units in its first week of release. That compares to "The Black Parade's" bow at 240,000 copies.

Iero spoke to SoundSpike about My Chemical Romance's current radio station-sponsored concert tour, its official jaunt that begins next year, the making of "Danger Days" and Mikey Way's love of professional wrestling.

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