- 22 Feb 11
THE PUBLIC FACE OF EMO, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE WERE FIRMLY IN THE FIRING LINE WHEN A 13-YEAR-OLD FAN TOOK HER OWN LIFE IN BRITAIN. THEIR RESPONSE? TO DITCH THE HIGH-SCHOOL GOTH-ISMS AND COME BACK BIGGER, BRIGHTER AND MORE GLORIOUSLY CARTOONISH THAN EVER.
You might regard New Jersey's My Chemical Romance as the purveyors of high-concept designer emo epics, or you might more favourably (and accurately) consider them a garish melange of comic strip and future-shock melodrama channeled through high volume rock 'n' roll. For all the complex hair, goth overtones and soft focus ultraviolence, MCR recall Bob Ezrin's productions for Alice and KISS, or rock opera epics like Tommy, burnished with Queen-ly grandeur. The band's fourth album Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, the follow up to their multi- million selling 2006 magnum opus The Black Parade, feels like a visual event as much as a musical one (the videos for the singles 'Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)' and 'Sing' take the form of sci-fi shorts informed by Mad Max and manga). Singer Gerard Way, for his part, doesn't differentiate between audio and visual: he sees his band's albums as cityscapes cinemascoped in sound. He is also, it's worth mentioning, one of the few rock musicians in proud possession of an Eisner award, for his 2008 graphic novel The Umbrella Academy.
Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys gets a live airing on February 16 in the Dublin O2. See hotpress.com for archive interviews.