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.
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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27 October 2010 @ 07:57 pm
Interview with Ray at Living Scotsman  
HAILING from New Jersey, and with a name inspired by Irvine Welsh, My Chemical Romance's brand of alt punk-pop has earned them a massive fanbase.

In the summer of 2006, the band supported the mighty Muse at Meadowbank Stadium, and for a fair few in attendance that night they were the main draw.

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26 October 2010 @ 01:22 pm
EXCLUSIVE: New My Chemical Romance Song  
My Chemical Romance will release one of the year's most anticipated records on November 22, and SPIN.com has an exclusive 15-second snippet of the new song "Planetary (GO!)," which finds the band experimenting with a pop-funk direction. Check it out below.

In addition to featuring the song on their new album, My Chem have teamed up with Sony to feature the track in the forthcoming video game Gran Turismo 5 for PS3, due out later this year. But it's not like My Chem licensed the song just for a check — turns out they're big fans of the game. "I remember playing it and loving it years ago," says guitarist Ray Toro. "And I think you hear that song and it just makes you want to drive faster. There's so much energy on the track."

As for Toro's driving skills in real life, he says he's a bit of a scatterbrain behind the wheel: "I'm constantly doing other things while I'm driving. Frank [Iero, My Chem guitarist] makes fun of me cus I'll be like mixing demos on my computer while driving. I hate wasting time. But I've only been in one major accident — I don't know if that's a good or bad thing."

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25 October 2010 @ 12:25 pm
My Chemical Romance Talk New Drummer  
Ray Toro tells Rock Sound about the band's new live drummer Michael Pedicone.

My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro recently spoke to Rock Sound about the band's new drummer Michael Pedicone.

The new sticksman, who previously spent time behind the kit for The Bled, has impressed at the band's London and Manchester shows but if you are expecting to see him on the covers of magazines soon then you may be disappointed according to Toro.

"We have known him for years and we've booked him to play all our shows with us right now but we are just seeing how it works out," he admitted. "But as far as members and the people you see in magazines and in the videos it is just going to be the four of us for the time being."

06 October 2010 @ 01:41 pm
Spin article  
My Chemical Romance Reveal Secrets of New Album

By Kevin O'Donnell on October 6, 2010 10:21 AM

Last December, My Chemical Romance were focused on writing and recording the follow-up to 2006's The Black Parade, the multi-platinum smash that established them as one of the decade's biggest new bands. Frontman Gerard Way had completed nearly seven songs, which were inspired by everything from Judas Priest and Def Leppard to the Hives and the Killers.

But then the band — Way, guitarist Ray Toro, guitarist Frank Iero, bassist Mikey Way, and drummer Bob Bryar — decided to start over from scratch. (Drummer Bob Bryar also split amicably from the group around the same time.) "The way we've been looking at it is instead of an album getting scrapped, it was just one long writing process," guitarist Ray Toro tells SPIN.com. "Some songs we just had to get out of our system and some of those songs we kept and reworked."

My Chem will reveal those years of hard work on their new album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, which hits stores November 22. Like Black Parade, My Chem regrouped with producer Rob Cavallo, although the record finds the band exploring new sonic territory, mixing their contemporary emo-punk sound with older influences like punk and psychedelic rock.

"We put up a lot of rules about the songs we could write and what the sound was supposed to be for this record," says Toro. "But Rob took all those walls down for us and was like 'You know what? The sky's the limit, just write great music and use your creativity.' He's a master at doing that."

As for a unifying theme, Toro says Way's lyrics focus on ideas of alientation and escape, and feature a group of outsider characters called the Killjoys. "The overall theme in the music is finding a sense of freedom and using creativity and art as the weapon, as opposed to worrying about the end result," says Toro, adding that the Killjoys are a loose interpretation of the band itself. "Some people are going to think it's a departure. That's the fun of being in the band, having the blessing to explore the music and try different things."

SPIN caught up with Toro to discuss four of the more experimental tracks on the album.

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03 August 2009 @ 10:47 pm
My Chemical Romance Team With O’Brien for “Best Record Yet”  
Confirming what Gerard Way told Rolling Stone at Comic Con, My Chemical Romance announced today that they are currently recording their follow-up to 2006’s The Black Parade in Los Angeles with producer Brendan O’Brien, who recently worked with Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith and Pearl Jam (on their upcoming Backspacer).

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