Monthly Archives: September 2012

Deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way- Professional Griefers – Live IHeartRadio Festival

Gerard Way to perform with Deadmau5 at iHeartRadio Festival

iHeartRadio has announced that Gerard Way will perform “Professional Griefers” with deadmau5 this Saturday, September 22, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
Also you can stream the entire through XBox Live, Yahoo! or iHeartRadio.
11:00p PT / 2:00a ET: deadmau5
In the edition of October, Altpress Magazine
Following the success of their “Professional Griefers” collaboration, the fearless wiseguy of the electronic dance music realm and the My Chemical Romance frontman crack wise, tell stories and drop dimes on their respective scenes.

My Chemical Romance reveal ‘Conventional Weapons’ Song Schedule

My Chemical Romance recently announced their plans to reveal the pre-’Danger Days’ material that they recorded for the scrapped album Conventional Weapons.’ Now they’ve revealed the schedule for the songs that will be spread out over the next five months. 

Each month there will be a new double-sided single that’s available in both digital and 7-inch vinyl formats. The vinyl will be available at most independent music retailers in countries worldwide.

The first offering comes Oct. 30, as the track ‘Boy Division’ will front the A-side, while ‘Tomorrow’s Money’ is the B-side. You can currently pre-order either the full ‘Conventional Weapons’ set or the ‘Number One’ 7-inch orange vinyl featuring ‘Boy Division’ and ‘Tomorrow’s Money’ here.

The ‘Number Two’ double-sided single features ‘AMBULANCE’ on Side A and ‘Gun’ on Side B. It’s due Nov. 23. ‘Number Three’ arrives Dec. 18 and features ‘The World Is Ugly’ on Side A and ‘Light Behind Your Eyes’ on Side B. The ‘Number Four’ single has ‘Kiss the Ring’ as the A Side, with ‘Make Room!!!!” as the B Side. It’s due Jan. 8. The final offering, ‘Number Five,’ features ‘Surrender the Night’ on Side A and ‘Burn Bright’ on Side B. It’s due Feb. 5.

Those who purchase the entire vinyl box set will receive a custom slip box that holds all five 7-inch vinyl offerings, plus an exclusive ‘Conventional Weapons’ poster, and all 10 songs digitally on their respective street dates.

Conventional Weapons [More info]

Conventional Weapons 7´ Vinyl Box Set (Shipped Individually)

Bundle Includes:
– All Five 7” vinyl delivered to you on their respective street date
– Number One 7” Orange Vinyl
– Number Two 7” Vinyl
– Number Three 7″ Vinyl
– Number Four 7″ Vinyl
– Number Five 7” Vinyl Shipped w/ Box and Poster
– Number One (2-Song Digital Download)
– Number Two (2-Song Digital Download)
– Number Three (2-Song Digital Download)
– Number Four (2-Song Digital Download)
– Number Five (2-Song Digital Download)

Release Date: October 30, 2012
Number One 7″ Orange Vinyl more Download
Product Descrition
A-side: Boy Division 
B-side: Tomorrow’s Money
Includes 2-Tranks Digital Download-
Release Date: October 30, 2012
Number One T-Shirt
Tracklist Conventional Weapons and Release Date
*Release Date: October 30, 2012
  • Boy Division
  • Tomorrow’s Money

*Release Date: November 23, 2012

  •  Ambulance
  •  Gun

*Release Date: December 18, 2012

  • The World Is Ugly
  • The Light Behind Your Eyes

*Release Date: January 8, 2013

  • Kiss The Ring
  • Make Room

*Release Date: February  5, 2013

  • Surrender The Night

Exclusive Interview with Mikey Way

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Collaborating with Fender and Squier to design his signature Mustang, Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance envisioned finding the bass of his dreams. Sporting a powerful humbucker pickup, a sweet silver flake finish, and a comfortable short-scale neck, the Squier Mikey Way Mustang Bass is exactly that. We talked to Mikey about building his dream bass, his favorite MCR song, the Caped Crusader, and more.
What was the design process like for the Squier Mikey Way Mustang Bass?
It was such a surreal feeling getting to design a signature bass with the wonderful folks at Squier/Fender. It all began with building a custom bass for myself. They came back with “Well, we would like to release this as your signature model, if that is OK with you,” and I was completely floored. It was one of those cosmic coincidences: I wanted to build a bass, and they wanted to work with me. As a lifelong fan of all-things Fender/Squier, it was one of the highest honors that i could possibly imagine. For the aesthetic, there was a scenario that I kept running through in my head; I walk into a guitar shop and find my “dream bass.” What would it look like and how would it play? We started from there and ran with it. I’ve always been a fan of the classic Fender “Super Sonic” guitar, as well as a sucker for the classic “competition stripe.” All of these elements together brought me to the final design.
You’ve played a lot of Fender basses over the years with My Chemical Romance. What attracted you to the Mustang in particular?
What’s awesome about Fender is that regardless of your play style or preference, there’s an instrument that fits you perfectly. I always have such a blast playing on Mustangs, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to build the Mustang bass that I wished existed. The short scaled neck and the lightweight design really enhances the fun and comfortability of it all.
After seeing you as the “Kobra Kid” character in the artwork for “Danger Days,” we were expecting the Mikey Way signature bass to be bright red and yellow! What’s the story behind the cool silver sparkle paint job with black stripes?
It’s funny you should mention that! There was such a temptation early on to make the Kobra Kid Mustang. After thinking it over for a bit, we decided to go with a design that was timeless. We ultimately wanted the bass to represent me regardless of the era that the band was in, so the silver flake finish was ideal for that. Silver flake has always been my favorite finish for any instrument, hands down. When the band first started, Fender had released a special edition of silver flake Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jazz and Precision basses. I picked up the Jazz bass, and used it at all of our early shows. One night, the lock to our trailer had opened up, spilling some of the contents onto the freeway we were traveling on. A couple boxes of merch and my Jazz bass were the casualties, unfortunately. Our guitar player, Frankie, being such a stand-up guy, risked life and limb to run onto the highway to try and retrieve some of the remnants. I still have a chunk of the body, thanks to him! We have talked about possibly making an alternate color down the line, so we may just see the Kobra Kid ride again!
The Mikey Way Mustang bass has a short scale, or neck length, that’s great for younger players or guitarists who are new to the bass. And Squier is making this one available at a price younger players can actually afford. Any gear tips you can offer for beginner bassists?
The best advice that I could give a beginner bassist about gear would be to play what you enjoy. Try not to worry so much about what people tell you you’re supposed to play. I’m not saying that they are wrong, but exploration is my favorite tool for learning. You should try out everything you can get your hands on, and then one (or many!) of them with speak to you. Playing on the right bass can really unlock aspects of your playing that you never knew existed.
The Mikey Way Mustang wields a single humbucker, as opposed to the split single-coil usually found on Mustang basses. Do you typically prefer the fatter sound of a humbucker?
When we were talking pickups, I wanted to jump outside the box. I wanted to take some elements of the Precision bass and mix it up with that of the Mustang. The answer to this was the humbucker. You really get a great deal of “big-ness” out of them, which is perfect for what I do.
What’s on your iPod these days?
I’ve been listening to the new Blur singles a great deal — they are fantastic! I have been waiting for some new music from them for many years. I’ve also been listening to a lot of Stone Roses to get pumped for their reunion. I really hope that they decide to tour the United States.
If MCR could cover any song, what would you choose?
We’ve always been itching to cover a David Bowie song! I think we could do a fun version of “Rebel Rebel” or “Ziggy Stardust.” I know you said one, but I can never pick just one David Bowie song.
What’s your Favorite My Chemical Romance song to play on the bass?
It’s kinda hard for me to pick just one, but it would have to be “Give ‘Em Hell Kid.” It always comes off blisteringly fast and angry live, with a sweet wall of distortion. Our fans always seem to have a great time during that one too.
It’s no mystery that you and the rest of the band are huge comic fans. What sort of features do you think Batman’s signature bass would have?
Guilty as charged! We all really love comics and Batman in MCR. If the Caped Crusader had a signature bass, I think it would be shaped like a “Batarang.” The tuning keys could be pulled out, and launched as smoke screen. There would also have to be a mechanism that launches the neck like a grappling hook.

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MCR: What’s in a logo? Scans [Kerrang Magazine]


We’ve Barely heard a whisper from the My Chemical Romance camp of late, with th band locked away working on their fifth album. But las week, that silence was punctured by the clanking of cogs, as the MCR machine whirred back into life: Totally out of the blue, got a radical face-lift, including a new ‘Tour’ page boasting the message ‘Check back soon for more details on the upcoming tou’. And if that wasn’t enough to send the MCRmy into a frenzy, the redesign also unveiled a brand new logo. No fanfare, no explanation, no announcement. Just a circle with some arrows and stuff.
Kerrang! called up all-round smart person (and K! reader, no less) Dr. Paul Cobley, Professor of Semiotics (the study of sings, or something) and Communications at London Metropolitan University, to see if he could work out what it all means….
Dr. Cobley speaks, while we listen and get a little confused…
“MCR’S NEW logo presents an image that’s clearly machine manufactured. whereas, say, the next of the logo from the Black Parade era of the band embeds nature of the calligrahy, this is an image susceptible of mass reproduction. The band’s name is reduced to initials – possibly an indication of the band’s confidence in the current status of its brand identily – while the logo can be easily reproduced. in this repect, it has much in common whit such universal and reproducible symbols such as that for anarchy or the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND).
The other thing that these symbols have in common – and also, look at the dominant O of the Black Parade logo – is the use of circles. And obvious connotation here is of wholeness and encapsulation, particularly of a mission. This new logo also includes three smaller circles within it. These serve more that one purose. Firstlly, they act to further encapsulate the initials of the band. Secondly, the circles are presented with arrows protuding from them: clearly an approximate reproduction of the gender symbol for ´masculine´. Thirdly, once the arrows are considered in the equation, there is a futher association in that they resemble three guitars. 
The new MCR logo retains urbanity, but sibstitutes individuality embodies a more confident gesture. Wothout necessarily being self-effacing, it evinces no need to dramatically announce its own identily.”
It might not be new MCR material, but it’s far from a bad stopgap while we wait!. The guitarist is stepping out on his own with This Song Is a Curse, taken from the soundtrack to Disney animations Frankenweenie. It’s released on September 24, if you  want to anxiously stare at a calendar in anticipation.

Shirt Collection Featuring Deadmau5 and Gerard Way

A set of UFC shirts promoting the upcoming deadmau5 music video have been released, and their designs are reminiscent of the video in both design and concept. First, we revealed the video’s promotional posters, which feature deadmau5 himself, collaborator Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, and the “Griefers” that are featured in the video. These clever UFC shirts feature those same images, transferred onto a fun, casual t-shirt format. The video, called “Professional Griefers,” features deadmau5 and Gerard Way competing in a post-apocalyptic battle inside the Octagon by using CGI mau5 robots to fight. Be sure to pick up a tee or two while we patiently wait for the video’s August 29th release date, and spread the hype about this creative musical concept.

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