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.
 
 
21 March 2012 @ 10:54 am
Short article about Danger Days and new material  
How to follow The Black Parade
Neala Johnson | March 21, 2012 6:30pm



DESPITE My Chemical Romance's fourth album falling flat in comparison to their hit album The Black Parade, the band have vowed that they'll only come back stronger.

1. BLACK PARADE CONQUERED THE WORLD

... But My Chemical Romance's follow-up album Danger Days fell sharply off the priority list. "I don't think anybody made a misstep," the US group's frontman Gerard Way says. "Not only did whatever happened positively or negatively sales-wise not affect the band, it didn't affect the world's perception of the band as artists."

2. THE GREAT SHAME IN ALL OF THAT?

Danger Days housed several shoulda-been hits that would have been huge were a different band's name on the cover. "If it had just been some random indie pop act that put out Sing, it would have been a massive tune," Gerard says. "We have an awesome bubble; sometimes that bubble is a barrier to getting things out there."

3. TIME TO DREAM IT ALL UP AGAIN

After spending summer on the Big Day Out, My Chem headed home to start album No.5 in their new studio. Bassist Mikey Way says he doesn't know what it will sound like, but it will wrong-foot unbelievers again. "People had formulated ideas about our band just based on seeing a kid in one of our T-shirts - and they were wrong."

4. THE LAST BAND ON EARTH

Sales rise and fall, but My Chemical Romance are survivors, says Gerard: "It's like building a better cockroach. There is s--- that's way bigger than us right now that's gonna be gone in two years and we're gonna be in the studio making an album. That's f---in' awesome."

HEAR Danger Days (Warner) out now
 
 
25 February 2012 @ 09:02 am
Interview and tour diary from Coup de Main  
Interview: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE is "for f***ing life".
Written by Shahlin Graves | Friday, 24 February 2012 23:24



MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE guitarist FRANK IERO is standing side-of-stage watching Best Coast's set at the Auckland Big Day Out. He applauds at the end of every single song, squinting thoughtfully in appreciation of the band, with frontman GERARD WAY joining him for a few minutes before it's time for the pair to prepare for their own set on the festival's main stage. Likewise, their band-mate RAY TORO has also been taking advantage of the day's sights and sounds, being quick to tweet his appreciation of a fellow band on the tour: "Vaccines on at BDO. Sound great!"

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Dear friends, what follows is a few weeks of our lives in digital form. These photos were taken between the days of January 17th 2012 and February 6th 2012, as we toured the great lands of New Zealand and Australia respectively. As brothers we roamed these grand terrains. Friends were made, enemies slain, pie faces devoured with a quickness and fury. We are better men because of these (mis)adventures, but i must warn you... some of these images cannot nor will not be unseen.
enjoi at your own risk.
no worries. xofrnk

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27 September 2011 @ 07:55 pm
Photos from HCT Charlotte, North Carolina, 09/20/2011  
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23 September 2011 @ 06:50 pm
Photos from HCT Virginia Beach, Virginia, 09/18/2011  
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23 September 2011 @ 05:42 pm
Photos from HCT Camden, New Jersey, 09/17/2011  
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23 September 2011 @ 05:41 pm
Photos from HCT Saratoga Springs, New York, 09/16/2011  
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23 September 2011 @ 04:14 pm
Photos from HCT Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 09/15/2011  
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16 September 2011 @ 10:05 am
Photos from HCT Cleveland, Ohio, 09/13/2011  
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13 September 2011 @ 05:11 pm
Photos from HCT Detroit, Michigan, 09/11/2011  
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11 September 2011 @ 09:36 pm
Photos from HCT Indianapolis, Indiana, 09/10/2011  
Sorry for the spam again. The last two sets were… subpar and I didn't want to leave it on that note, so have some better pictures! :)

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11 September 2011 @ 09:20 pm
Photos from HCT Kansas City, Missouri, 09/09/2011  
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11 September 2011 @ 09:07 pm
Photos from HCT Des Moines, Iowa, 09/08/2011  
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08 September 2011 @ 06:56 pm
Photos from HCT Denver, Colorado, 09/04/2011  
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08 September 2011 @ 06:11 pm
Photos from HCT Salt Lake City, Utah, 09/03/2011  
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04 September 2011 @ 09:19 pm
Photos from HCT Seattle, Washington, 09/01/2011  
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04 September 2011 @ 08:54 pm
Photos from HCT Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 08/31/2011  
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31 August 2011 @ 09:18 pm
Blog Post: Gerard Way  
Once more unto the breach, dear friends...
Wednesday August 31, 2011 | Posted by: Gerard


“Your past doesn’t matter- what happened five years ago doesn’t matter- the only thing that matters is your friends on stage- and what you do tonight. That will last forever.”

Reading and Leeds-

Frank said this seconds before we killed the house-lights on stage at Reading- in a group hug, and in near darkness. And not to misquote him but this is what I heard in my head- maybe he said it more poetically, but he has a talent for being direct- which is what I love about him.

And we were very direct.

Our past with the festival is often misconstrued, seen through the lens of “revisionist history” depending on who writes about it. “2006 was a triumph!”. “2006 was a bloodbath!”. It is surely sensational but to me it was simply boring to talk about- or was my boredom masking fear?

No matter what it was- it was the exact recipe for a life-or-death rock and roll show- and that happens to be our specialty.

You see, the thing about My Chemical Romance is that we never wanted to be cool. We never wanted anything dropped in our palms- we wanted to take it. We wanted to be US- and we wanted the same thing for the fans. And because of that- we faced adversity- and started to get really good at it.

So when we got the call to headline the festival it didn’t matter how afraid I was, how reserved, paranoid, nauseous- terrified. We had to do it- in fact we congratulated each other.

I got up there for one reason- US. Every member of the band, and every kid that believed- all of US. And I will never forget the smiles on all of our faces. That was my favorite part.

So I wanted to drop this note and thank every one of you in the crowd that made those nights spectacular. Also the crew, who works very hard, and Brian May, for giving us inspiration, courage, and honoring us by sharing the stage.

Reading and Leeds were the best shows of my life. Period.

Let’s do it again some time.

In other news and rumors:
It has come to my attention that certain things recently said have been misquoted-
Most specifically the bit about Danger Days not being our best work.

It was our best work, my favorite album we’ve done, and the one I’m most proud of.

It’s very easy to accidentally take bits from other interviews and make stories out of them. The bit I have read involves me talking about the “scrapped” or “lost” album- not Danger Days, and then talking about a “new” album.
It would be a discredit to every fan who showed their colors, fucked their hair up, embraced their artistic side, pointed their raygun squarely at the sun, and stood by the band to discount anything we put our name on and released. We gave this album our everything and so did the fans- we will never forget that. We’re also not done with it yet- and have some exciting news coming-

On a “new album”: I’ve actually been very careful/cagey about this subject. All I’ve admitted to was writing songs, because that’s what a band is supposed to do- write songs you want to play in front of people.
Do I think it’s going to be another 5 years before a new album? No. But I can’t say when it will come- we spent the last 3 years of our lives trying to do that and it wasn’t healthy. The band will do what it always does- search. Into the dark, with just the four of us, and come out with something we’ve discovered. A new art. A new perspective. A new sound.
But I really do appreciate the genuine excitement for whatever we do next- that means a lot. So just a bit of clarification then-
I feel a song coming on…

Xo
g

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30 August 2011 @ 07:40 pm
Photos from Rock En Seine, Paris, France, 08/28/2011  
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30 August 2011 @ 09:26 am
Photos from Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK, 08/27/2011  
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