My Chemical Romance already have the most hotly-anticipated album of the season coming out on November 22, so the just-released video for "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)" (already one of the best-named singles of all-time) should only stoke the flames of that fervor. The new video is the full-length version of the trailer for the upcoming album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys that the band released a few weeks back, and it is jaw-droppingly great. First, the song is killer, bringing together everything the band always did well (boot-stomping rhythms and sweet fist-pumping riffs) and augmenting that with a healthy dose of glam and a dusty bit of hardcore. It works both as an extension of The Black Parade and as a totally new universe for the band.
But the visual delivery of "Na Na Na" is the thing that will grab headlines, as it delivers a kickass action movie narrative that recalls a handful of great post-apocalyptic flicks and sci-fi b-movies. The clip follows the band (the titular Killjoys) as they travel across the desert landscapes of Battery City driving souped-up cars, firing laser guns and protecting a kid being chased by a bald warlord (played by comic book writer Grant Morrison). It even ends on a cliffhanger (Morrison has the kid and tells the band to "keep running"), suggesting that there may be a continuation of the story in future videos (though at the very least the story will be resolved in the comic book based around the Killjoys).
My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has always been a compelling video presence, but in "Na Na Na," he fashions himself an action hero. And you know what? It totally works.
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