“Seeking to forget makes exile all the longer; The secret of redemption lies in remembrance” – Richard Von Weizsaecker.

When the last several years of your life have consisted of having all of your creative decisions documented at a microscopic level, forgetting isn’t exactly a viable option. The men of My Chemical Romance shared the feeling of being haunted by ghosts of their musical direction for quite some time.

Their breakthrough second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge , while thoroughly catchy with moments of brilliance, for better or for worse made them the face of the “Hot Topic” emo of the mid-2000s. Their third album, the macabre themed The Black Parade was so mentally draining during the recording process that it nearly tore the band apart.

A few years have gone by for MCR to recover and heal their collective wounds, and Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys is a product of their renewal. “It feels like a victory to see art win over fear or commerce,” Lead vocalist Gerald Way told Billboard.com. “Art won this time, and it made me feel like I could do what I do another ten years. Before releasing our last record [The Black Parade], I kind of felt like the well was dry, and the inspiration was gone.”

This time around the band traded in the dark persona of The Black Parade in favor of the brash rebellion of their new alter egos, The Fabulous Killjoys.A teaser for the album featuring the song “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” was released on YouTube last month.  The video is  “Mad Max” meets “Blade Runner” meets live action Japanese manga with high speed car chases and 60s era light guns.

Danger Days is in the same vein of sprawling ambition of Green Day’s 2004 American Idiot, mixing social and political commentary with an innate appreciation and love of music.  “Sing” is an epic based on attaining creative freedom and  “Vampire Money” is a dig at the phenomenon of the Twilight films after the band turned down a spot on their soundtrack. With this new record MCR are determined to let their current sound dictate their future.


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