Catch up with My Chemical Romance who documented their experience at this year’s Big Day Out Festival in Australia and New Zealand in a photo diary for Coup de Main magazine. And in case life has been making your head spin, perhaps you need some time with a Phant-o-matic. Look for new music from MCR in the very near future.
The quartet is currently building their own studio. "You can take longer, but you always feels like there's something over your head like a time constraint," said Frank Iero. "And now we'll have our own place where we can go and make music 24 hours a day."
My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has recorded a new track with dance titan Deadmau5, which is titled 'Professional Griefers'. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to hear the track.
The track appeared online this morning (March 22), but neither Deadmau5 or Gerard Way have formally confirmed that they feature on it. However, a spokesperson for the My Chemical Romance man told NME that he does indeed appear on the track.
Ironically, the track has appeared online in the same week in which Deadmau5 posted a rant against musical collaborations on his blog.
In a lengthy post, the producer said he rarely enjoys the idea of collaborations and hit out against the "fad" of big name stars hooking with electronic producers. You can read the full piece at Deadmau5.tumblr.com.
Deadmau5 will return to the UK this summer to headline Wireless Festival and Evolution Festival in Newcastle. My Chemical Romance are currently working on the follow-up to their fourth album 'Danger Day: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'.
DESPITE My Chemical Romance's fourth album falling flat in comparison to their hit album The Black Parade, the band have vowed that they'll only come back stronger.
1. BLACK PARADE CONQUERED THE WORLD
... But My Chemical Romance's follow-up album Danger Days fell sharply off the priority list. "I don't think anybody made a misstep," the US group's frontman Gerard Way says. "Not only did whatever happened positively or negatively sales-wise not affect the band, it didn't affect the world's perception of the band as artists."
2. THE GREAT SHAME IN ALL OF THAT?
Danger Days housed several shoulda-been hits that would have been huge were a different band's name on the cover. "If it had just been some random indie pop act that put out Sing, it would have been a massive tune," Gerard says. "We have an awesome bubble; sometimes that bubble is a barrier to getting things out there."
3. TIME TO DREAM IT ALL UP AGAIN
After spending summer on the Big Day Out, My Chem headed home to start album No.5 in their new studio. Bassist Mikey Way says he doesn't know what it will sound like, but it will wrong-foot unbelievers again. "People had formulated ideas about our band just based on seeing a kid in one of our T-shirts - and they were wrong."
4. THE LAST BAND ON EARTH
Sales rise and fall, but My Chemical Romance are survivors, says Gerard: "It's like building a better cockroach. There is s--- that's way bigger than us right now that's gonna be gone in two years and we're gonna be in the studio making an album. That's f---in' awesome."
HEAR Danger Days (Warner) out now