My Chemical Romance article in Alternative Press
When AP caught up with My Chemical Romance in August 2009, they were three quarters of the way done with the follow up to 2006’s The Black Parade. The album, recorded by uber producer Brendan O’Brien and titled Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back, was to be a departure for the quintet. “we mad an ambitious visual/aesthetic concep record; we’ve played different characters; We put on the big show”, frontman Gerard Way told AP. “then towards the end of [The Black Parade’s cycle], we shook it. On the Projekt Revolution tour, we were really playing like the Stooges at that point. It was about destruction and explosions, and it wasnt about narrative. We were already prepped [to be in a] physical/musical place to do what we want to do.”
Of course, things didn’t quite turn out the way anyone expected. What emerged in late 2010 was Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, an album produced by Rob Cavallo which featured an elaborate back story involving the Fabulous Killjoys (aka the band) battling a wicked corporation and its cronies, the concept seemingly influenced by cult movies such as Vanishing Point and Hard-were. Not every song was new; “Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back” and “The Only Hope For Me Is You” survived the O’Brien sessions intact while “Death Before Disco” (Immortalized in riotous Youtube video from summer 2009 MCR concerts) morphed into the garage rock stomp “Party Poison” and “Trans Am” became “Bulletproof Heart.”
Whether the bulk of Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back will ever see the light of day remains to be seen; the band had no updates to report when AP reached out for comment. What’s more likely to surface is the Fabulous Killjoys comic book, which was slated to be the original follow up to Way’s successful comic series The Umbrella Academy, before his comics mentor Grant Morrison suggested the concept would work perfectly for the record. But what we really want to know is: How much longer util the release of the Mad Gear and Missile Kid Full Length?.