Alternative Press cover story!

November 22nd, 2009
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MCR hits the cover of Alternative Press

posted by Jeff on Nov 19, 2009 01:13pm

My Chemical Romance will grace January’s issue of Alternative Press with the most anticipated album of 2010. Each band member will have their own cover, and subscribers to the magazine will receive a special edition with all 5 members. Check out the cover with all 5 of them, and then check out the covers for Gerard, Ray, Frank, Mikey and Bob. Head over to to become a subscriber if you aren’t already.

MCR on MTV part deux

February 21st, 2009
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My Chemical Romance Get To Work On Non-Concept Album, Sort Of


Well, at least now we know what the new My Chemical Romance album won’t sound like.

A few months back, when we spoke to MCR bassist Mikey Way about the “Batman” story he was writing for DC Comics, he mentioned that he and his bandmates had begun work in earnest on the follow-up to 2006’s Welcome to the Black Parade, but, while they’re all writing songs, he had no idea what the album would end up sounding like.

“So if, say, we wrote some songs that sound like Rick Springfield, a week later they’ve all turned into Children of Bodom songs,” he explained. “I know it’s going to be great — I just don’t know what it’s going to sound like. We’re going to be just as surprised as everyone else, believe me.”

And we did. So when we recently caught up with Mikey’s brother, MCR frontman Gerard Way, we asked if the new album was still in such a state of flux. His answer? Yes, but he’s at least got an idea of how he doesn’t want it to turn out.

“You know, we’ve made concepts for three albums now, so I think this one — at least from my standpoint — I want to go into it not thinking about a definite story. I said that during Parade, but I still think I had something to work out,” he said. “I think I had to get it out of my system, as far as writing concept records. I had to at least do one more before I stopped doing them. Obviously, they’ll always be cohesive though. The songs need to fit together, that’s what makes a great album.”

Way added that rather than focusing on a concept, he and the band are keeping it much simpler this time around — they’re just focusing on writing really killer, really loud rock songs.

“The one thing is we’ve never really captured that ‘live’ feeling. We’ve gone for sometimes more polish. We’ve obviously emulated bands like Queen in trying to get that classic, late-’70s glam sound, and we’ve gone for that at times, especially on the last record,” Way explained. “But then, when we’re playing this stuff live, it’s ultimately going to get more aggressive, so I think it’d be interesting to hear what the band sounds like recorded at least somewhat in those parameters of a live set.

“And that’s not to say it’ll all be distorted, who knows. I think you record it live viscerally, and the minute you put in the distortion, yeah, it’s going to sound ‘punk,’ “he continued. “You take it off and I don’t know what it sounds like then. The song we did for ‘Watchmen’ [a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Desolation Row’] in a lot of ways is a really good test-run or experiment, at least sonically.”

Of course, in keeping with the company line, Way said that there is no definite timetable for when or where My Chem will actually begin recording the new album … in fact, what with Way’s “Umbrella Academy” comic series having recently been green-lit for production and guitarist Frank Iero’s side project Leathermouth taking off, there seems to be even less time to be dedicated to the business of being MCR.

“Well, [guitarist] Ray [Toro] is coming out Sunday and … we may even sketch out a whole album together, which is something we used to like to try to do. We’ve had less and less time to sit down and try to do a skeleton of an album,” Way said. “It’s good to start doing that stuff, but once you start doing that you kind of paint yourself into a corner. Like, we finished mixing Black Parade, and then the next day we were on a plane off to Europe doing press. It was literally that quick. So I don’t think we want to go through that again. We don’t want some kind of time limit on us.”

MCR on the new album

February 18th, 2009
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My Chemical Romance Album Won’t Be A ‘Kitchen Sink’ Affair


There was a time, long before the multiplatinum records and the pancake makeup, before the Eisner Award-winning comics or the Dylan cover in the “Watchmen” film, when My Chemical Romance were just another band from New Jersey. They would like very much to get back to that time.

So that’s goal number one with their new album — the follow-up to the massively successful, massively ambitious Welcome to the Black Parade — which they’re currently writing in Los Angeles. They hope to get back to their roots — to make manic, fast-and-furious, spur-of-the-moment punk. And, above all, to keep it simple.

“When we had just finished Black Parade, I think doing that record made us feel like we could do everything. And so I think the way to top a record that already kind of does everything is to not do everything,” MCR frontman Gerard Way smiled. “I don’t think this is gonna be a ‘kitchen sink’ record. I think it’s going to get by on its musicianship and its own merits in the songs.

“And every record … I like to think they’re snapshots of what your band is at that moment, and this is really going to be that. I think there’s going to be lack of concept, I think it’s simply a snapshot, I think it’s going to be direct and very honest,” he continued. “It’s not going to be hiding behind a veil of fiction or uniforms and makeup anymore. … From the stuff we’ve been playing so far, just feels very pure. That’s the best way to describe it. People who were really big fans of our first record, they’ll find things they’re really going to love about the new material — and not because we sound like that first record at all, it’s because there’s a purity to it. There’s less happening.”

It’s a tactic they first learned while recording their version of Dylan’s “Desolation Row” for Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Watchmen” film: Stop thinking and just get busy rocking.

“From working on ‘Desolation Row’ … I think it was very natural. We just kind of did stuff and the song was there. There was no over-thinking,” Way explained. “[But, having said that] we’re not going to make a retro record at all. It will sound like a modern rock record, but I think we would like to try to redefine that, what that actually means. By saying it sounds like a modern rock record, it’ll sound new — I don’t think it’ll sound like what’s on the radio right now.”

And to that point, though it may sound like MCR are trying hard to strip away the rather, uh, grandiose leanings of The Black Parade, they’ve still got the swagger of a band that’s moved units and toured the globe. They’ve been surveying the musical landscape that’s appeared in their absence, and they’re not very pleased by what they see. Take, for example, the (working) title of one of their new songs: “New Hair, Same Sh–.”

“It’s about having new hair, but it’s the same sh–. That’s the concept,” Way laughed. “I think the new album is going to be a response to the two years of touring on Parade. A reaction to what’s happening right now — everything that we’re not a part of — and a response to it.”

(Single) life, Wisdom (teeth), (12 page Kerrang!) Devotion

January 17th, 2007
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*points at title* Yeah I have a screwed up sense of humour, if you do not like it well then stop reading the post titles 😀

Before I forget I finally posted my review of ‘The Black Parade’ over at my media review log. Head on over to check it out <3

Okay let’s run down the news of the week first off, Frank did not play in Japan as he had his wisdom teeth removed and became ill after the surgery, he is confirmed to be joining the tour in Australia, but no guarantees on New Zealand.

This week’s Kerrang! (Issue 1142) features a 12-page article on My Chemical Romance from their beginnings to the present. Check it out in your local bookstore, magazine shop, etc.
*waggles eyebrows at Kerrang! to send her a subscription…. waggles eyebrows at NME, Rock Sound, Blender as well*

Gerard Way has admitted to Kerrang! that he is single and has been since shortly after recording ‘Famous Last Words’ [ image . source ]

Gerard Way, Reveals the Agonizing Break-Up that shaped “The Black Parade

This is not something I’ve ever told anyone else. I had been in a long-term relationship and it fell apart during the making of The Black Parade. I’m alone right now, for the first time in 10 years. That’s not something people know about me. It’s really hard. I’ve had girlfriends since I was 17 or 18. Now I’m 29
It wasn’t something that anybody did. It was a six year relationship that ended. It was practically marriage. It was with someone who knew me before the band. Halfway through recording-literally just when I had finished tracking the vocal parts and chorus line to Famous Last Words- I realized that line (‘I am not afraid to walk this world alone’) was the truth. I broke up with her a week later.
I had to fly back and talk to her, move my stuff out. It was brutal.
But I’ve been enjoying being free and not having to make phone calls. It’s a good feeling at first -but then you check into a hotel room and realize there’s no one who misses you like a girlfriend misses you. I’ll sit there and stare at the wall.
When we were on our last European run I would just go out at night and walk around alone, thinking, ‘Well this is interesting….’

Return from the Holidays!

December 30th, 2006
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Well I am back now from my self-imposed internet hiatus/holiday with a small update.
I have added four new affiliates to the site, as well as many affiliates to the Ray fanlisting.

Ray Toro’s Shoplifting Arrest Shame

The My Chemical Romance guitarist stole batteries so he could record his music demos.
My Chemical Romance rocker Ray Toro was once arrested for shoplifting batteries.
Before the band hit the big time, the guitarist desperately needed some batteries to record his music demos.
He says, “I got arrested for shoplifting one time.
“I ended up stealing a pack of batteries because I didn’t have any for this recording device I record demos onto.
But Toro offers a word of advice to fellow would-be thieves.
He says, “I ended up pleading guilty but I got let go. I don’t condone stealing, though. Don’t break the law, kids.”