My Chemical Romance, the Hot Topic of mid-2000s “violent, dangerous pop” bands, released four increasingly conceptual albums before splitting up in 2013. “We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends,” they wrote at the time. “And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end.” Or is it? Today, MCR uploaded a video titled simply “MCRX.” The only sound? The opening notes of “Welcome to the Black Parade.” The only information? “9/23/16.” That’s exactly nine years and 11 months (my OCD is out of control) after the release of The Black Parade, which remains a favorite album to teens with eyeliner tears everywhere.
What’s MCR up to?
Is it a reissue? A new album? A reunion tour? (That’s my guess — I’ll see y’all on the road; I’ll be the guy wearing The Joker-in-Suicide Squad shirt.) The band’s Twitter page isn’t helpful. The most recent tweets are the same video that’s on YouTube, and one from 2015, when “MIKEY EFFIN WAY” t-shirts were back in stock. I guess we’ll have to wait until September 23 to discover what’s going on. Until then, don’t bother telling Gerard Way on Twitter that MCR was your favorite emo band in high school. He wouldn’t like that.
“Basically, it’s never been accurate to describe us. Emo bands were being booked while we were touring with Christian metal bands because no one would book us on tours. I think emo is f*cking garbage, it’s bullsh*t. I think there’s bands that unfortunately we get lumped in with that are considered emo and by default that starts to make us emo. All I can say is anyone actually listening to the records, put the records next to each other and listen to them and there’s actually no similarities. I think emo’s a pile of sh*t.” (Via)
Have you heard the news that emo’s dead?