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Sonisphere headliners leaked – Faith No More and Queen…fronted by Adam Lambert?!? **UPDATED**

February 3rd, 2012

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Those of you following us on Twitter will have heard us mention earlier this week that we’d just heard a festival headliner “rumour” so mental it has blown my mind. GOBSMACKED…well, it seems The Daily Star have gone and blown all our secrets out of the water – today they confirmed that this year’s Sonisphere Festival headliners in the UK will be Faith no More and Queen….fronted by Adam Lambert.

Yes, you read that correctly.

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Album: Electric Six – Heartbeats AND Brainwaves!

October 10th, 2011

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Electric Six
Heartbeats AND Brainwaves!
11 October 2011
Too Many Robots

by Ruth Booth

Electric Six are that band. Like Rick Astley, 2-Unlimited, The Wombles… Whatever’s happened since, you have to have a smidgeon of respect for a band who, when it came to the song that they’re most synonymous with, cut a promo of twenty horny Abraham Lincolns in the White House gym. Ok, just a smudgeon of respect, then. But I bet I could count on one hand the number of you who haven’t, in the heat of a dank nightclub, shrieked like Jack Wh-, I mean, “John S O’Leary”, on ‘Danger! High Voltage’. Yeah. They’re THAT band. [Read more →]

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What the Daily Mail make you forget about My Chemical Romance

May 30th, 2008

As a legion of My Chemical Romance fans prepare to march to the offices of the Daily Mail, Pete Fear looks at why the hell anyone would care. It’s because of the music, man!

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My Chemical Romance are the most horrific, potently nasty and unpleasant thing that will ever happen to the Daily Mail: a cranked up rock band that will turn your children into devil worshippers and invite Eastern European asylum seekers into your home.

But forget that, because even the BBC and The Guardian know this. All of the coverage of this Saturday’s Dacre-baiting march has focused on the black hair, the Converse slip-ons, the scars and the straight edge tattoos. No one has mentioned that My Chems are one of the finest rock bands to emerge from the States this decade.

Emerging from the ashes of a Thursday-aping hardcore world (via Eyeball RecordsI Brought You Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love), it was the Lifetime-meets-John Hughes movies sounds of Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge that launched MCR as both a damn great band and a sociological case study.

Three Cheers… is a landmark record, a quick-shot blast of sharp turns of phrase and punk rock guitars. From the faux-Spanish tongues and chuggy Radiohead-isms of ‘The Jetset Life Is Going To Kill You’ to the pop-is-pain mega choruses of ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’, Three Cheers… is Fall Out Boy’s From Under The Cork Tree’s less saccharine sister, positioning them as this generation’s Queen to FOB’s Air Supply.

The songs – and more importantly the album as a whole – make the current consternation of the Lord Rothmere-owned organ and its hatebred middle aged readers irrelevant.

The fact that My Chemical Romance have been derided as much as bands such as Kiss (Knights in Satan’s Service) is down to the fact that Three Cheers…, and The Black Parade, with its pompous Mercury/May-influence, are as full of hope and rock stomp as records like Destroyer (Detroooit Rock City!!)

Gerard Way has become a genuine New Jersey success story; not for any crusade against the newspaper backlash, but for being in a band that blows the bloody doors off, every time.

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