In the four years between The Black Parade and Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, [artist id=”1231843″]My Chemical Romance[/artist] were no strangers to the grandiose statement. It seems that, in every interview they gave, the band found a new way to describe their (then upcoming) album, calling it everything from a “very pure” bit of punk rock to — most famously — “a love letter to rock and roll” .
The end result, of course, was Danger Days, an album that is both of those things (and neither), often at the same time. And yet, it has basically been defined within those parameters. So, looking back on it now, do MCR regret anything they said in the lead-up to the album?
“It makes me laugh when I [read it now],” frontman Gerard Way said, smiling.
“Part of the problem was: We tried to define the record before we made the record. And it’s not all our fault,” guitarist Frank Iero added, “because everyone kept asking us, ’Oh, what’s it going to be?’ And when we said, ’Oh, we don’t know,’ they’re like, ’Well, whadaya mean? What’s it going to be? Can you speculate?’ And it’s like, ’Well, it’s going to be this,’ and when we found out what that is, it changed.”
And that change was, of course, necessary. Both for the band’s survival and the scope of the new album. In retrospect, MCR stand by everything they said about Danger Days, because, really, deep down in its chrome-plated heart, it still is “a love letter” to American rock and roll .
It’s just written from My Chemical Romance’s rather-unique perspective.
“At first, we said, ’It’s a love letter to rock and roll,’ and we found out that the best way to love rock and roll is to shoot it in the head,” Iero said. “So we made a record that was like a missile directed at rock and roll.
“It just started to change and evolve, and then the band evolved at the same time. And I think that’s the way you have to make a record: in a very organic way.”
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