Frank Iero is pissed off. Not because of the demise of My Chemical Romance, but because he has a stomach-ache. An all-encompassing, inescapable stomach-ache so beastly that it inspired an entire album. To take his mind off the pain of an increasingly painful digestive disorder, Iero retreated to his basement studio and composed music that was as jagged and raw as his internal discomfort.
It’s no secret that Derby three piece LostAlone have had lofty ambitions far greater than their relatively humble current status. Despite garnering plenty of praise over the past few years and notable fans such as My Chemical Romance’s Frank Iero singing their praises, this adulation hasn’t crossed over to a larger audience, but it hasn’t stopped the band setting their sights on breaking out of the UK toilet circuit.
The one thing that is always inevitable in life is that things come to an end. In the wee small hours yesterday, My Chemical Romance announced via their website that they were splitting up. The one-time Download Festival headliners – whether you loved or loathed them – were undeniably one of the biggest rock bands of the last decade. To that end, this week’s Sunday Spotify Slaylist is dedicated to the band that made it cool to hate on “emo”.
Yeah, that’s not completely true. My Chemical Romance are going to be playing to 85,000 people in Wembley Stadium on 31 October 2010 but they’re not headlining. Not is it a Hallowe’en party. Instead, they’re the pre-match entertainment for an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos. American Football in London. They’re infiltrating!
Whatever your thoughts on My Chemical Romance, it’s hard to deny that they’re a very impressive live band. They have charisma, they have energy, they have an unfeasibly intimate relationship with their audience (especially given the size of the crowds they play) and they have the impressive acrobatic guitar playing of Frank Iero.
If you had any doubts at all that My Chemical Romance guitarist, Frank Iero’s other band, LeATHERMOUTH were anything other than balls-to-the-floor, flat out punk rock, you will be comfortably reassured by the release of the video for ‘Bodysnatchers 4 Ever’.
You’ll probably know Frank Iero from being one awesome guitarist in My Chemical Romance but in his downtime, he’s got a new band – Leathermouth. They’re just a little bit good. He, however, is just a little bit silly…
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The Black Parade Is Dead!
by Anne Waites
My Chemical Romance have never been a band to do anything by halves, so when they decided to kill off their alter egos The Black Parade it was always going to be a dramatic and very public execution.
That they decided to bring this section of their lives to an end in front of a giant audience in Mexico, a country that remembers its ancestors and celebrates passing into the next life with its annual Day Of The Dead, is surely no coincidence with a band this obsessed with attention to detail.
Luckily, on a tour blighted with bandmembers dropping like flies, the Mexico City gig finds them in their full number and bursting with fiery intensity. Gerard Way, from the earliest days in the skankiest venues, has always been a born rock star, and as he creeps across the stage like the singer from Tim Burton’s wildest dreams, or flings his arms out, eyes gleaming, soaking in the rapture of the audience, he’s untouchable.
Unlike many live DVDs, this is an event worth documenting, the band tighter than they’ve ever been, deathly pale beneath the fireworks and confetti, demonic during the gloriously hellish ‘Mama’. Talk about going out in style.
Watch the trailer for The Black Parade Is Dead! by My Chemical Romance
But for every end there’s a new beginning, which is why the decision to follow Mexico City with a show at Maxwell’s in New Jersey, a venue roughly the size of a large envelope, is as significant as the arena gig.
Representing their rebirth as My Chemical Romance, going back to their roots, it’s feral, powerful, and they look like there’s nowhere on earth they’d rather be at that moment. After the bells and whistles of The Black Parade, it’s a reminder of the power they wield in the lowliest of circumstances. And it’ll have any fan excited about where their next path will lead.
The Black Parade Is Dead! by My Chemical Romance is out now on Reprise Records
Thrash Hits .com was at the March at Marble Arch to see the My Chemical Romance fans protesting against the Daily Mail. We talked to some fans and took some photos as well, which we have compiled in this great Thrash Hits montage. We hope you enjoy it.
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