How to follow The Black Parade
DESPITE My Chemical Romance’s fourth album falling flat in comparison to their hit album The Black Parade, the band have vowed that they’ll only come back stronger.
1. BLACK PARADE CONQUERED THE WORLD
… But My Chemical Romance’s follow-up album Danger Days fell sharply off the priority list. “I don’t think anybody made a misstep,” the US group’s frontman Gerard Way says. “Not only did whatever happened positively or negatively sales-wise not affect the band, it didn’t affect the world’s perception of the band as artists.”
2. THE GREAT SHAME IN ALL OF THAT?
Danger Days housed several shoulda-been hits that would have been huge were a different band’s name on the cover. “If it had just been some random indie pop act that put out Sing, it would have been a massive tune,” Gerard says. “We have an awesome bubble; sometimes that bubble is a barrier to getting things out there.”
3. TIME TO DREAM IT ALL UP AGAIN
After spending summer on the Big Day Out, My Chem headed home to start album No.5 in their new studio. Bassist Mikey Way says he doesn’t know what it will sound like, but it will wrong-foot unbelievers again. “People had formulated ideas about our band just based on seeing a kid in one of our T-shirts - and they were wrong.”
4. THE LAST BAND ON EARTH
Sales rise and fall, but My Chemical Romance are survivors, says Gerard: “It’s like building a better cockroach. There is s—- that’s way bigger than us right now that’s gonna be gone in two years and we’re gonna be in the studio making an album. That’s f—-in’ awesome.”
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