Monday, October 31, 2011

Thank You! (Signed MCR Shirt Giveaway to Come!)

MASScanvas 'We've Got The Bomb' and 'Reflection' Shirts
Thanks to donations from blog-readers, I have been able to purchase two of the MASScanvas/My Chemical Romance for-charity t-shirts!

In addition to those, MASScanvas sent me a rare print of the "We've Got The Bomb" shirt signed by all four MCR members!

I hope to do a giveaway of those shirts for my readers as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds for shipping just yet, but I'm working on it.

The shirts will be given away eventually, though. I promise.

MASScanvas 'We've Got The Bomb' shirt Signed by the members of My Chemical Romance
In the meantime, I just wanted to say "thank you" to those who donated. I'm so happy you have given me a way to give back that I would not have had on my own.

My next goal is to purchase one of the My Chemical Romance Shirts For A Cure t-shirts, because they are a bit cheaper than the ones from MASScanvas and #SingItForJapan.

Recently, Gerard Way designed an exclusive White Violin (from his comic, The Umbrella Academy) shirt for Shirts For A Cure, which was sold at New York Comic Con and is now available, in limited quantities, online.

I believe I'm about $10 away from achieving my Shirts For A Cure goal!

Again, thank you all so much for your support!

I hope to be able to give these shirts away soon.

XoXo
c.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Chemical Romance Ready to Record Next Album [The Overdue Detailed Post]



Despite previous claims made by guitarist Frank Iero, My Chemical Romance say that the do not think they will have a new album out as soon as summer, 2012, but they are ready to begin the recording process now.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Iero had said, "I definitely see new music coming out or at least being worked on throughout the rest of this year and hopefully maybe something coming out by summer."

However, the guitarist corrected himself in the Fuse interview embedded above, saying:

"I think I lied when I said that. I had nothing else to say, so I said, 'Yeah, we'll have a record out by summer.'"

Still, vocalist Gerard Way says that the band is already looking at recording spaces for their future album.

"We're currently, actually-- we're just going to hole up somewhere and we're going start already. So, as soon as this [touring cycle] ends. We're actually already looking at locations. We're just going to start working alone," Way said.

Way mentioned that the band has a very clear direction for their next album already, which is something they say they have not experienced in a long time.

When asked why they feel that they have such a clear "game plan," as Gerard called it, now, Iero said, "I think a lot of shit happened to us in the past couple years. A lot of stuff that is ready to pour out. I think with the last record, we needed to kind of get our legs back into being a band again. And we did that pretty quickly. Now, I think, we've had two years of playing within this unit, and we feel really good about it, and the creative juices are just really flowing right now."

As for their plans for the rest of this year, Way said, "Working, writing. That's it. We're just going to dive right in; because, we actually don't feel like we need a break. I think after Parade, it was like we needed a year break. But, we don't really need one. We're just healthy. We've been through a lot of crap together. I think I'm going to write more comics, which I'm excited about. Just stuff like that."

My Chemical Romance members have mentioned that they are constantly writing, and--as early as July and August--had hinted that they were ready to record.

XoXo
c.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Chemical Romance Play Voodoo Festival in Medieval Style, Share Costume Experiences

Last night, My Chemical Romance played New Orleans' Voodoo Experience in full costume: an early Halloween treat for those in attendance; as, the band are not playing their usual Halloween show this year.

While the band members primarily were dressed as knights, I believe, Frank Iero was a wizard, and some have said James Dewees was a king.

The guys, Gerard with his hair dyed black for the first time since last year, sat down with Fuse's Juliya to talk about playing Voodoo and about their costumes, past and present.



Some fans will remember the Texas costumes to which the band refers as the eclectic mix of garb the guys donned in The Woodlands on September 26.

Frank was Chucky, Mikey was Jason Voorhees, Gerard was a knight and Ray Toro was, as Gerard said in the video above, "I couldn't give two fucks."

Voodoo Festival is the final confirmed date MCR are set to play in the U.S. in 2011. They will head to Australia and New Zealand this winter for Big Day Out Festival.

XoXo
c.

PS: I am sorry for the lack of updates lately. This academic quarter has been annihilating my whole life.

There is, however, an advantage to it all: I've had more time to absorb and digest news so that I can write about it in better detail when I do have time. After this week, I should begin to have far more time! (I hope.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Interview: Dustin Kensrue of Thrice

Some of the strongest bands function as more of a family unit than as partners in music. With more than a decade of experience behind them, Thrice have proven themselves among the strong, and they're showing no signs of weakness, having recently released a new album, Major/Minor, and embarked on their current fall-spanning tour.

I spoke to Thrice vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue about what it takes for a band to have longevity, their new album and how the band's helping out Invisible Children.

Read my full Thrice Q&A at ACRN.com.

XoXo
c.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Album Review: 'The Devil's Rain' - Misfits




Misfits
The Devil's Rain
Misfit Records
October 4, 2011











TRACKLISTING

1. The Devil's Rain
2. Vivid Red
3. Land Of The Dead
4. The Black Hole
5. Twilight of the Dead
6. Curse of the Mummy’s Hand
7. Cold In Hell
8. Unexplained
9. Dark Shadows
10. Father
11. Jack The Ripper
12. Monkey's Paw
13. Where Do They Go?
14. Sleepwalkin'
15. Ghost Of Frankenstein
16. Death Ray

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With detached appendages like monkey paws and mummy hands all outstretched at listeners in The Devil’s Rain, they might find that little actually grabs them.

Read my full review for ACRN.com
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