Thursday, February 24, 2011

A Goodbye from a Member of the MCR Team and an Introduction!

Fans who frequent My Chemical Romance's website or who were members of the band's MCRmy Street Team are probably familiar with Mikael, or - as he was known to street teamers - the mysterious "TSN Ninja."

Today, Mikael announced that after his 4 years working at WBR with My Chem, he will be moving on.

There is a tremendous amount he did for MCR and for the fans for which he can never be thanked enough, and he will certainly be missed. I think Brandi from MyChemicalFreak who met Mikael with me in November said it very well: "For those of you who didn’t know him, well you missed out. He cared more about the fans than anyone ever could have."

I feel very fortunate to have met someone so hard-working, passionate and inventive, and we - as a fanbase - were very lucky to have had someone who cares about us and My Chemical Romance as much as Mikael.

But No worries, Killjoys!

Mikael assures fans that we will be in good hands (and I fully trust him). Tina, who Mikael describes as "absolutely amazing, and...a true killjoy at heart," will be taking over running the MCR site and various accounts! If you need any help out there in the Zones, do not hesitate to contact her!


XoXo
c.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Chemical Romance picks up Two Awards, makes Statement at NME Awards Ceremony

My Chemical Romance, who were nominated for 5 Shockwaves NME Awards, picked up two of them tonight and surprised the crowd with a masked performance.

When accepting the band's award for Best Video for "Na Na Na...," which they won along with Best International Band, NME reports that vocalist Gerard Way said:
"We want to thank every fan that voted for us. Don't ever let the media tell you what your body is supposed to look like, you're beautiful just the way you are. Keep it ugly."
Fans who are familiar with NME's November 2010 issue will recall that the band were none-too-pleased when they read that the writer had described guitarist Ray Toro as having "doughy lovehandles" in a feature article about the band.

MCR opened NME's award ceremony with performances for which they were all dressed in the same attire and wearing ski masks. Fans speculate, though it is unconfirmed, that the masks may have been a direct middle finger (which is also the form of the NME award, ironically) at NME to detract from the focus on the way the band looks and to bring focus back to the music itself.

When asked about the masks by an NME reporter, guitarist Frank Iero said, "It's about the music, not the messengers, you know?"


Album Review: 'D.R.U.G.S' - Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows





Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows
D.R.U.G.S.
Sire
February 22, 2011









TRACKLISTING

1. If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is
2. The Only Think You Talk About
3. Graveyard Dancing
4. Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm
5. Sex Life
6. Laminated E.T. Animal
7. Stop Reading, Start Doing Pushups
8. I'm The Rehab, You're The Drugs
9. I'm Here To Take The Sky
10. The Hangman
11. My Swagger Has a First Name
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Rating: 8.5/10
Key Tracks: "If You Think This Song Is About You, It Probably Is," "Graveyard Dancing" & "Laminated E.T. Animal"
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To start the picking-apart of D.R.U.G.S., the debut album from Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows (also D.R.U.G.S.), it is appropriate to introduce the parts that make up the whole of this much-needed savior-monster of a supergroup: Craig Owens, vocalist formerly of Chiodos; Matt Good, guitarist and vocalist from From First To Last; drummer Aaron Stern from Matchbook Romance; bassist Adam Russell from Story Of The Year; and guitarist and vocalist Nick Martin of hardcore band Underminded. Take that pill, let yourself in 2005 swallow it and let's resume...

As it turns out, that combination is just as awesome as it sounds to your 2005-self, upgraded to 2011. Capturing an energy ball of raw, gorgeous, filthily jumbled emotion and a sense of intriguing darkness, D.R.U.G.S. sounds like rolling with a guitar in the mud of a graveyard in the best way possible. The overall sound and feeling is most comparable to that of The Used's aggressive 2007 release Lies For The Liars. D.R.U.G.S. is able to pick up on the soaring intensity of bands like 30 Seconds To Mars with emotion-injected melodies (see the chorus of "Graveyard Dancing"); the darkness and ear-assaulting violence of From First To Last ("Mr. Owl Ate My Metal Worm") and even a more playful and inspiring feeling reminiscent of Taking Back Sunday ("I'm Here To Take The Sky").

Basically, it's many things that are rad wrapped into one perfectly-executed album.

Unfortunately, the musical complexity and the waves of epic sound aren't backed by the deepest lyrics. Take, for instance, "Sex Life," a well-meaning, stay-out-of-my-personal-life and worry-about-the-music taunt that plays too much into fickle drama than is comfortable to listen to with a straight face. The song even had a fake sex tape leak as a teaser. Still, it's a great listen and I can even put aside my annoyance with acknowledging and feeding drama to appreciate it.

Of course, I have to nitpick the tiniest lyrical fallacies only because the album as a whole is so amazingly solid. Long after this review, I will keep it on repeat, which is not something I can often say about releases from new bands. Trust me. I came in a D.R.U.G.S. skeptic, and D.R.U.G.S., with almost hilarious ease, has converted me.

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Chemical Romance to film "Planetary (GO!)" video February 24 in London

My Chemical Romance are set to shoot their video for "Planetary (GO)!" this Thursday, February 24, at London's O2 Academy Islington.

The video will involve U.K. fans who are lucky enough to acquire tickets to what is described as the "assault party" video shoot. Fans with tickets are encouraged to come wearing their Killjoys colors and apparel!

According to the U.K. TicketWeb event page, tickets (limited to 2-per-person at £4.00 a piece) will go onsale tomorrow at 9 A.M.

My Chemical Romance also announced that they will return to the U.K. for summer festival "T In The Park" in July. Tickets go on sale Friday 9 A.M. U.K. time through the T In The Park website.


Image Credit: MCR Ireland

XoXo
c.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Album Review: Bayside - 'Killing Time'






Bayside
Killing Time
Wind-Up Records
February 22, 2011








TRACKLISTING

1. Already Gone
2. Sick, Sick, Sick
3. Mona Lisa
4. It’s Not A Bad Little War
5. Sinking and Swimming on Long Island
6. Seeing Sound
7. The Wrong Way
8. On Love, On Life
9. The New Flesh
10. Killing Time
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Rating: 7.5/10
Key Tracks: "Mona Lisa," "It's Not A Bad Little War" & "Sick, Sick, Sick"

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Four tracks into Killing Time, I knew Bayside's latest effort would be my favorite of their albums. Past releases have featured strong tracks as singles that were the few I kept around as iTunes library-worthy while I found the albums as whole works to grow monotonous by the end. However, Killing Time is an album from which I could see myself hanging onto more than a few tracks permanently. It doesn't hurt that it is a mere 10 tracks long and is able to hold interest through all.

Bayside, while staying true to the sound of the early 2000s music era from which they emerged, return with a renewed energy. Killing Time recaptures the sometimes harder-driven sound of 2007's The Walking Wounded and ditches the structural predictability of 2008's Alkaline Trio-tinged Shudder Many bands from their time to get stuck in a rut, redoing angsty Album X over and over. The mark of true artistry is to stay true to what a band is, but to grow. Bayside has definitely grown.

High points of the album include: the anthemic, sing-along track "It's not a Bad Little War" in which vocalist Anthony Raneri sings at lighter-raising, empowering levels: "We are / our only chance in the world / If fate should fail us, then hope will see us through… So, stand for something/ ‘cause something’s overdue;" "Killing Time," the album's dark-sounding closer with a "get off your ass and do something" message; and the highly-catchy, sway-inducting "Mona Lisa."

At times, Bayside's Killing Time finds a sound reminiscent of Motion City Soundtrack sans keyboards in its vocal melodies and of Green Day in it's background shouts, rhythms and guitar (see: "Seeing Sound").

Bayside overcomes the early-2000s-Victory stigma that clings to so many bands and comes out triumphant. Killing Time often provides the pop-punk sound to which is traditionally attached much more shallow lyrics than those delivered by Bayside vocalist Anthony Raneri. It’s music that has grown up with its listeners. That 12-year-old girl in neon at Warped Tour may make her “Ew. Who is that?” remarks about Bayside, but she and her breed wouldn’t stand a chance in a pit filled with their veteran fans, fortunately.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

An open letter to my friends: My Chemical Romance



An open letter to my friends:

I know a lot of you don’t understand how I can love a band this much. I know many of you think that it’s funny because of how often and blatantly I express it, or you think that it’s something silly I waste my time on. I’m a “walking billboard,” I’ve been told because I wear something MCR-related every day. That’s what you see on the outside. In a way, it is funny, but - on the other hand - it’s nothing close to a joke to me. Those clothes on the outside are like armor, badges I wear in honor of something that has helped me infinitely.

The truth is, this is what gives me the will to get out of bed every day. This is the reason I lived past the age of 14. My Chemical Romance inspires me EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. to better myself, to try to better the lives of others and reminds me that I should never settle for anything I’m less than passionate about.

My Chemical Romance gave me the power to change my life and inspired me to make something of myself. Listening to My Chemical Romance inspires and teaches me something new every day, even after almost 7 years.

I’m not the same person I was before I discovered them. They’ve shown me how to be better—-how to be more caring and accepting of everyone; How to be fearless; How to live bravely through anything the world throws at me, how to “stand up fucking tall.”

So, call them what you will and call me what you will, but nothing in this world makes me prouder than these four men and being their loyal fan.

XoXo
Cassie

Thank you for creating such a beautiful video, RosaLui.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

My Chemical Romance to play Shockwaves NME Awards Ceremony, Nominated in 5 categories

My Chemical Romance are set to play the Shockwaves NME Awards Ceremony alongside Foo Fighters in London on February 23.

In addition to their performing, MCR is nominated for five awards:
-Best International Band
-Best Album
-Worst Album
-Best Video ("Na Na Na...")
-Album Artwork

Vocalist Gerard Way alone is nominated as "Hero of the Year."

Vote.

XoXo
c.

Sorry for the late post on this. I know the information's been out for a while. I wanted to put it up closer to time for the awards.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

My Chemical Romance announce Next Single and UK Tour Support Acts

My Chemical Romance's "Planetary (GO!)," which has gained ground in the video game world as the lead-in track for the driving game Gran Turismo 5, will be released as a single March 21, according to a blog post on the band's website.

The single is set for release following the UK leg of the band's World Contamination tour. The UK tour - as announced in the same post - will feature LostAlone, who opened for the MCR's two Roxy shows in 2009, and The Blackout as openers.

XoXo
c.