Finally, My Chemical Romance are back! Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys is the band’s first proper release since 2006 and it looks as if MCR are back with a bang. The band’s first show in years at The Hammersmith Apollo the other week received 5K’s from Kerrang and had people turn up two days before doors opened to get their places on the front barrier! This was followed by a blistering once-in-a-lifetime show before the NFL match at Wembley Stadium on October 31st.
The band have released their first official single Na Na Na, and it is certainly a far cry from the days of The Black Parade! The band have chosen to adopt a very bold, futuristic look for this album, and it looks as if they are trying to rebrand themselves completely! The idea behind the album (I think!) is that the MCR gang, under the title of the Killjoys, and representing the good in the world, are battling for survival in 2019 against the establishment, named Better Living Industries in ‘Battery City’ – their first album taster, titled ‘Art is The Weapon,’ showed the rebels fighting for their freedom in an intense shoot-out with their enemies! The band appear to have created a whole storyline via their Youtube channel, so check it out for more information, and to decide whether you will join the Killjoys or Better Living Industries!
As for the single itself, the whole song is a ridiculously catchy, eclectic combination of upbeat guitars, provided by Frank Iero and Ray Toro, pounding drums and bassline and Gerard Way’s unmistakable, aggressive vocals over the aggressive, yet still playful chants of ‘Na Na Na Na Na Na’ in the background. One sign that shows for sure that MCR have really changed their sound on the new album is the introduction of synths, something that would never have been heard on their previous three albums!! These can be heard as Gerard poignantly chants ‘Everybody wants to change the world, everybody wants to change the world, but no-one wants to die.’
It is clear even from this first single that My Chemical Romance were perhaps bored of their ’emo’ stereotype, which their previous three albums seemed to have created for them. They have smashed out of the mould which has surrounded their career to provide the fans with something completely different and refreshing. This is not to say that the band have not retained any of their former selves. The new single showcases the fact that the band still retain their almost unmatchable energy, both on record and onstage, and if the album, released on 22nd of November, meets the expectations set by Na Na Na, it looks as if we are in store for another fantastic album from the New Jersey punk rockers! I’ll be posting a review of the entire album very soon.
Check out the official video for Na Na Na below: