My Chemical Romance - The Mad Gear and Missile Kid EP Record Label: Reprise Records
Release Date: November 19, 2010
My Chemical Romance...no further introduction needed.
How is it?
Fun, fast, and fantastic. The Mad Gear and Missile Kid EP clocks in at just under six minutes, but provides a quick injection of musical speed that gets the blood pumping and the body moving. My Chemical Romance created the persona of the titular band as a way to add more depth to the universe they created in Danger Days, but there's no question they infused much of the same creativity found in their full album releases into this short EP.
It opens with the pounding and methodical “F.T.W.W.W.” Embracing a bit of the youthful irreverence that made them popular in the first place, Gerard Way casually screams, “fuck this whole wide world,” throughout most of the chorus. Even with the first track of the EP, it's apparent My Chemical Romance are less worried about pumping out a mainstream hit and more about making music they love. The middle of The Mad Gear and Missile Gear EP is fleshed out by “Mastas of Ravenkroft,” which amps up the speed a bit more with the always impressive guitar work of lead guitarist Ray Toro and deftness of former Bled drummer Mike Pedicone. Filled with outlandish lyrics about aliens and other fantasy tropes, the second track on the EP is far from boring, and does a great job of showing off the individual talents of each band member.
“Black Dragon Fighting Society,” rounds out The Mad Gear and Missile Kid EP as the third and final track. The shortest and fastest of the trio, “Black Dragon Fighting Society” boosts the speed to eleven as the album comes to a close. The percussion hits harder, the guitars squeal louder, and Way fills the mind with images of rock and roll holy men, spreading the good news of good music to all that should lend an ear. As The Mad Gear and Missile Kid EP barrels on towards its conclusion, the songs continuously build and build as the run times get shorter and shorter. My Chemical Romance reminds us that music should, first and foremost, be fun. And I can't see them not having a good time as they put this tiny project together. It radiates through every second.