Rock critics have long fallen back on superhero mythology to describe musicians; it's a handy way to add grandeur to what tend to be fairly rote backstories, bending boring arcs of rehab and redemption into the Hero's Journey, all in a quest to avoid quoting the drummer. But My Chemical Romance was the first group I covered that actually used that mythology for themselves. Gerard called his band "an idea," labeled his fans an army. From album to album and show to show, MCR reinvented themselves across a multiverse of possibilities: They were soul-reaving vampires exacting revenge, the ghosts of a marching band returned to serenade you home, a gang of outlaw futurists using lasers and jazz hands to free the world from monochrome mediocrity.
Good band that is generally underrated by many due to their popularity and (pre)teen fanbase.
Danger Days is the sound they were searching for their entire career, it's nice to see they finally landed on it and finished with it. Conventional Weapons is a nice little parting gift, too. I love the two-song-per-month model. Time will show that they pioneered what-will-eventually become a big part of the music industry.
They weren't the most amazing musicians (especially live), but they were good enough and their creativity and passion certainly made up for anything else they lacked.
"Give 'em Hell, Kid" is a personal favorite. That fast, loose, almost-raunchy sound is them at their best, in my opinion.
Andy did such a fantastic job with this piece. I would call myself a casual MCR fan, at best, but I could always appreciate their approach and how much they meant to this music scene. Maybe not pioneers, but certainly leaders in the pack in breaking down walls and barriers for "the scene."
Also major props to Mr. Greenwald, himself. A huge advocate for the bands in this scene and I think he is probably the best at articulating why these punk/pop-punk/emo/whatever acts deserve the respect of the masses. Really cool that he is using his platform at Grantland to spread the message that bands from this genre, like MCR, do not fit into the running-eyeliner-and-broken-heart box that uninformed stereotypes try to place them in--they're much more than that.
I still want to hear the original versions to the songs they re-worked for Danger Days as well as the ones they totally didn't release. They played that song called "Drugs" at that concert as well as the original version of "Party Poison" before they "started over". They said they recorded 28 songs and then started over... It makes me think that they saved a few of the "best" demos from Conventional Weapons to be used for a fifth album, or the break up could have been in the works for a while and they are saving a few songs for a "Greatest Hits" album.