Review: Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

Review: Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys

“Look alive sunshine – you’re here with Dr Death Defying,” says the introduction to the long anticipated fourth album from My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

And if you weren’t looking alive, you soon will be with the amount of energy that the 15 track album exerts.

Produced by Rob Cavallo – who has produced the majority of Green Day’s albums and Paramore’s brand new eyes – and released on Reprise Records, the album has a very different sound to what is usual MCR.

But not in a bad way. It’s actually really good. They’ve created a new sound, which works for them. You can hear the subtle sounds of similarity to that of The Black Parade, but it is not the overriding sound.

It’s not easy for bands to succeed with reinventing themselves, but after four years in the making, one would expect the band to have got it down pat. Check.

Danger Days is based on the concept of the lives of the “Fabulous Killjoys” – a group of outlaws who are fighting against the evil corporation, Better Living Industries – in the year 2019.

Each of the band members has an alter-ego: “Party Poison” (Gerard Way), “Jet-Star” (Ray Tory), “Fun Ghoul” (Frank Iero) and “Kobra Kid” (Mikey Way).

If you’re a big fan of MCR, you would have noticed that Bob Bryer was not mentioned. Unfortunately, he decided to leave the band, with the announcement made in March this year. No reason was given for his departure, but he has had major problems with his wrists over the last few years, which could be the reason for his exit. John Miceli is listed as drums and percussion on the album.

All songs are definitely worth a listen, with the few that stand out – singles “Na Na Na” and “SING” along with “Bulletproof Heart” and “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W”.

Just casually, the United States national anthem “Star-Spangled Banner” pops up in “Goodnite, Dr Death” and is actually the majority of the song. It’s not really expected and it doesn’t seem to fit in with the rest of the album, but does fit in with the concept – Dr Death Defying is a radio host of a pirate radio station, which is then shut down. The last song played is the anthem, then nothing but static.

The album does make a lot more sense when you understand the concept, which sometimes isn’t a good thing for albums, because it can be plain confusing if you don’t. However, it makes this one more fulfilling – once you know what’s going on, of course. Even though the band insists this is not a “concept album”, it’s pretty hard to believe when it’s evident throughout. Except “Vampire Money”, which is a dig at Twilight and MCR being asked to write a song for one of the soundtracks.

Danger Days will definitely keep the fans of MCR happy and will probably  gain them a few too. With the release of this new album, one can only ask – does this mean another visit by the alternative-rock band to our beautiful land?

Fingers crossed.

As this started with the words of Dr Death Defying, it shall finish the same way: “The future is bulletproof the aftermath is secondary, it’s time to do it now and do it loud. Killjoys, make some noise.”

And make some noise, we shall.

All you’ve got to do is sing.

I’ve missed My Chemical Romance, like actual.

It’s hard to believe it has been four years since the release of The Black Parade.

Today MCR has released the official video to their new single ‘Sing’ from their new album, which is to be released on November 22, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

I’m not actually sure of the story, but it seems to pick up from ‘Na Na Na‘.

I am beginning to really like this song. What I don’t like about the video *SPOILER* is they all die in the end. Sad. But they go out fighting. Win.

Romancing again.

November 22 is fast approaching and I am getting more excited by the day. What happens on the 22nd you ask? My Chemical Romance release their first album since The Black Parade in 2006 – Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.

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Anywho. I have been meaning to blog about the official video for “Na Na Na”, which was released about four weeks ago now.

Each guy has a persona, which is quite cool. Names are at the end of the video.

Just watching the video makes it feel that MCR are still on form and makes me super excited to hear the rest of the album.

 

They have also released, what I believe to be, their second single, “Sing”. It’s a little different to “Na Na Na”, but still equally good. I do love the quote on the picture for the video – “Would you destroy something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”

Update: unfortunately the video has been removed, but in a later post is the official music video for “Sing”.

Let me see your jazz hands.

The lyrics video for My Chemical Romance’s “Na Na Na” has been released on Youtube this week.

This seems to be a growing trend within the music industry of releasing a lyrics video ahead of an actual video. It makes one question why this is happening. Are singers no longer pronouncing their words enough for people to make sense of them? Or is it just another way or promotion?

I would guess the latter.

The video itself has a very 80s feel to it and, for lack of better words, rather trippy. If you’re not careful, it may bring on an epileptic fit, with all the flashing and changing of colours.

The more I listen to it, the more it starts to sound like a progression from The Black Parade and not a complete divergence.

Whatever their plan was in releasing a lyrics video, they have got my interest piqued even further.

Bring on November 22.

Yeah, Nah, Yeah, Nah, Yeah, Na Na Na

My Chemical Romance have released their first single from their new album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys “Na Na Na”.

It is different to what MCR fans will be used to. It is very ‘poppy’ but you can also hear elements of classic rock.

This comes from their second attempt at writing their fourth studio album. It would be awesome to hear what their first attempt was like, but, naturally, they will only do what they are happy with.

The guitar riffs are very catchy, it does get stuck in your head. This song could end up being a big hit. Even though it is a departure from what they have built their sound to be. You can still hear the very distinct vocals of Gerard Way though.

Unfortunately, what many people won’t have heard, is that Bob has left the band. Which makes one question who they have replaced him with on the drums. This makes me a sad panda, because I really loved Bob. He’s dreamy.

Their new album is due for release on November 22. I would say this in the international date, which is not always when it is released in New Zealand. So we will see.

I’m actually excited. It will be interesting to hear what else they have come up with.

You can listen to “Na Na Na” here.