With the dust still settling from their sudden split at the weekend, there are still many questions left unanswered, and few clues as to what the future holds for the band.
In this blog post we speculate on what the future holds for the individual members of My Chemical Romance, ponder whether they will ever make a comeback – and muse what may become of the existing songs from the now infamous fifth MCR record.
In the MCR frontman’s farewell letter regarding the band’s break-up, there’s a section titled ‘And another opens-‘ (in reference to a new beginning), in which Gerard seems to make some pretty clear allusions to what the comes next for him and implies that his future still lies in music. For example, he discusses purchasing a new amp:
“The purpose of the meeting was the delivery of an amplifier into my possession. I had recently purchased the amp from him and we both agreed that shipping would jostle the tubes […] A Fender Princeton Amp from 1965, non reverb. A beautiful little device.”
He also discusses a memory of first picking up his guitar to write one of My Chemical Romance’s earliest songs, Skylines And Turnstiles:
“When I wanted to start My Chemical Romance, I began by sitting in my parent’s basement, picking up an instrument I had long abandoned for the brush- a guitar. […] I plugged this into a baby Crate Amp with built in distortion and began the first chords of Skylines and Turnstiles.”
But this, for us is the key part when decoding what Gerard’s next move will be:
“I still have that guitar, and it’s sitting next to The Princeton. He has a voice, and I would like to hear what it has to say.“
To us, this is a pretty clear indicator that Gerard is about to embark on a new musical journey of his own. Will he be playing guitar in it? We’re not sure, but it appears that he has gone back to the drawing board with regards to songwriting, returning to his earliest roots that parallel the beginnings of My Chemical Romance. This, ladies and gentlemen, is very exciting.
Would he form an entirely new band of his own? Or would it be a solo project? We have no idea. We know that Gerard features on Kill Hannah frontman Mat Devine’s new solo project so perhaps there would be room for them to further collaborate with each other in the future. Shortly after MCR’s break-up Mat tweeted the following message, could this mean that Mat and Gerards musical future are more intertwined than just a one song collaboration?:
We also know that Gerard’s wife, Lyn-Z, is the bass player for Mindless Self Indulgence. Gerard’s no stranger to having his close family in bands, see brother Mikey Way, so maybe there would be room for her in a future band. If Gerard does form a new band would any other members of MCR be in it? Would they cover My Chem songs? We just don’t know. For now, we can only speculate.
Gerard has a comic book based on The Fabulous Killjoys concept from the band’s last record coming out in June. Perhaps this will yield further clues or references about the band’s break-up. Perhaps not. We’ll be the first in line to have a look though and just having a sneak peak at what’s been released already, it looks awesome.
Here’s Skylines And Turnstiles that Gerard referenced in his farewell letter. Could it be a taste of things to come?:
Issues in Mikey’s personal life have been widely speculated on by the media recently. We’re not about to do the same here, but based on these rumours it would be understandable if Mikey decided to take some time out from musical projects. This tweet from Mikey following MCR’s split aims help clear up any debate about what impact his private life has had on the band:
Alongside playing rhythm guitar in My Chemical Romance, Frank also has a side project by the name of Leathermouth. He formed the band in 2007, playing a mix of hardcore and post punk and crucially, Frank has been known to focus on the band during his downtime from MCR. With the breakup of My Chem, Frank has no doubt suddenly found himself with a lot of downtime. So much so that he’s recently announced he’s started a new band called Death Spells. There’s certainly more to come from this new band and it’s doesn’t take a wild stretch of the imagination to speculate that we may be about to hear a lot more from Leathermouth too – the band even have an upcoming show booked, being scheduled to play New Jersey’s Skate and Surf Festival on May 19. And what could all of this mean for Ray Toro? Scroll down and find out…
Leathermouth soon to be Frank Iero’s main focus?:
In December 2012 Ray became a father. With such a young child, we could understand if Ray took some time off. But what if he get’s a calling to hit the stage again? Well Ray has played live with Frank Iero’s Leathermouth before; could there perhaps be a further collaboration between the two if Leathermouth become Frank’s main focus? We will wait and see.
Check out Ray Toro playing with Frank Iero’s Leathermouth below:
ALBUM NUMBER FIVE:
We know that the band were working on their next album, that’s partly why it came as such a shock that the band were to split. Will the tracks that have been written ever see the light of day? The band released Conventional Weapons, the album that was supposed to be MCR’s record number 4 before it was scrapped, as a series of singles. Can we expect the what exists of MCR 5 to receive the same treatment?
We know that there are at least four tracks recorded and we know that they’re in listenable condition as Mat Devine of Kill Hannah, and a close friend of Gerard Way talked to Kerrang! Radio a couple of weeks ago about what he had heard of album number 5 so far:
“I’ve heard four new songs. It’s exactly in line with what My Chem fans will be thrilled to hear, but at the same time it really marks what I think is a new phase (for the band).
“It’s super-refreshing, but at the same time familiar in the way you want it to be.”
Will these songs ever be heard? Only time will tell. If not is would be a spectacular waste, but we have another theory of what fate could belie the tracks. Speculating wildIy, for a change, it could be possible that Gerard could carry the songs that the band has written over into a future project. Maybe re-write and tweak them, but hypothetically speaking they’d be the same songs. Just think, the first taste of Gerard’s new material, presuming there will be some, could potentially be the last echoes of My Chemical Romance – and we would never even know.
16,058. That’s the number of signatures that, at the time of writing, are on a petitionaiming to get My Chemical Romance to do a farewell tour. It seems like such a brutal thing to do after 12 years; break such a brilliant band up and never even play so much as a last show. The fans to give MCR a proper send off, but do the band? We hope so but we wouldn’t hold our breath for it. The break-up seems pretty final and we can’t imagine them playing again so soon.
But what about further down the line? It wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility for My Chemical Romance to reunite. They’ve played together for over a decade, grown from boys to men and travelled the world. Two of them are brothers but all of them, collectively, are a family. It’s deeply saddening to thing that My Chemical Romance may never take to the stage together again so we can only hope that the bond between them as friends and as family is strong enough to survive the band’s split and that they may one day make their return.
What will happen to the band, it’s members and the record that could have been? It’s probable that the band themselves don’t even know yet – but you can rest assured that as soon as it becomes clear, Kerrang! will be there to continue the story.
What do you think comes next for members of MCR? Will they ever release the foundations of the fifth album? Let us know what you think in the comments.Via
MY CHEMI-KILL ROMANCE!
Gerard Way and Mat Devine join forces on the Kill Hannah man’s solo record!
KILL HANNAH frontman Mat Devine might currently be busy recording music minus the help of his bandmaster, but the vocalist haven’t been too lonely in the studio – he’s had a guest to keep him company!
“Gerard and I have known each other from the very beginning”
Mat says of his friendship with the My Chemical Romance frontman.
“I have the first ever cassette that My Chem did and Mikey [Way MCR bassist] was at one time going to be in Kill Hannah. He was a 16-years-old kid, and I had to talk to his mom on the phone because we wanted him to fly out Chicago! (Laugh) That’s how long we’re known each other!”-
Luckily for Mat, Gerard certainly didn’t need permission from anyone to fly to Los Angeles last week and work on a track for Gold Blooded, the frontman’s first solo album, which will be released this summer.
“The track we worked on is a real daring song” Mat reveals “It’s a ballad a very tender love-song dutt intended for a guy and a girl called Falling In Love Will Kill You. When Gerard and I sing it together, something really crazy happens. The song is also a real statement” he continues. “I say it’s daring because as far as I know, I’ve never heard two male singers in a love-song dutt. It was one of those things where the minute Gerard got in the [studio’s vocal] booth, everyone started high-fiving. It was wonderful, one of those moments that you know you’ll always remember.”
“MIKEY WAY NEARLY JOINED KILL HANNAH” Mat Devine
Matt also has a message for Kill Hannah fans who are worried about yet another delay to the band’s first album since 2009.
“We’ve finished writing a new record, and it’s insane but in terms of actually releasing it, the conversations are endless” Mat admits “We’ve been through four managers and three major record labels, so going forward…we need everything to be right. And realistically, that means it won’t be out until 2014.”
In the meantime, though, Mat attentions are all about Gold Blooded – and maybe returning the favour to Gerard.
“If all works out, I’m definitely gonna head down and do some vocals in the next My Chemical Romance album” Mat says. “We’ll see. This is the most Gerard and I have hung out in a long time though, and I don’t want to be the guy hanging around outside his house [laughs]”
Mat Devone’s Gold Blooded is scheduled for release in August 6
MCR: THE NEW ALBUM!
“There are six songs – and I’ve heard four!”
Mat spills the beans on the top-secret new MCR record! He’s like a rock spy…
Gerard Way’s not only been busy working with Mat on his sale EP, it the Kill Hannah mean is to be believed. Oh no -Gerard’s also been busy tackling (deep breath, now) the next My Chemical Romance album. And Mat’s heard some of it!
“It’s incredible!” Mat says of one of rock’s most anticipated records. “It’s a slightly new territory; it’s an evolution. I’ve heard four new songs. It’s exactly in line with what My Chem fans will be thrilled to hear, but at the same time it really marks what I think is a new phase [for the band]. It’s super-refreshing, but at the same time familiar in the way you want it to be.”
And Mat would know, too, as he hast first-hand experience of some of the songs!
“Gerard has air songs, and he’s looking for some more” Mat says. “It’d be kind of impact on the record be’s making, but I’m asking [about it] might be turning his head a little bit. If you don’t mind. Matt..we’ll be sending you a list of thing’s we’d love to sing on that new MCR record” be a pai and plant a few atem it’s Gerard’s mind for us, would ya?I take the time to pass this article if you want to share or copy please do not forget to give credits, Thanks -Destroya