Last March, My Chemical Romance announced that after 12 years and four albums, it was finally time to bow out. Today, we bring you the last track the band ever recorded, “Fake Your Death.” Called a “eulogy for the band” by frontman Gerard Way, “Fake Your Death” will appear on the band’s forthcoming greatest hits compilation, May Death Never Stop You. The compilation will feature 18 tracks, including “Fake Your Death” and three demos. Stream the new song below. (more…)
With a loving, “Thanks jerks, we’re out,” The Gay Blades officially announced their breakup via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (because it’s hard to get closure without fancy photo filters) earlier this week. The goofy trash-pop duo will certainly be missed, but they’re just one of a score of bands who gave up the ghost this year. And so, as 2013 comes to a close, we’d like to bid adieu to some of the other acts who called it quits during these past 12 months. RIP.
The Mars Volta
In a series of tweets that started out somewhat sane and turned into an increasingly bitter and somewhat incomprehensible rant, Mars Volta frontman Cedric Zavala announced the band’s end through his personal Twitter account. Zavala vacillated between genuine gratitude (“Thank u a million times over for ever giving a fuck about our band”), passive-aggressive gratitude, (“SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO ALL THE VOLTA FANS WHO FLOODED WARNER BROS FACEBOOK PAGE AND GOT NOTHING IN RETURN!”), and utterly confusing analogies (“What am I suppose to do be some progressive house wife that’s cool with watching their partner go fuck other bands? We owe it 2 fans to tour”). It’s probably good that he’s moved on to something else.
News of My Chemical Romance splitting up rocked the music world this weekend, and now it looks like the story will be continuing into the week.
After a few days of silence (and countless tweets from fans), My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has stepped forward with some words and thoughts to share about the situation. His letter is lengthy, which probably won’t surprise any longtime follower of the band, and it puts the fate of the band in a much more well reasoned light. They may be gone, but after reading Gerard’s words it’s clear the will never die. You can read his thoughts below: (more…)
In a Set It Off song, you’re as likely to find strings and woodwinds as crunching guitars and sugary pop harmonies. The band’s members have been perfecting their unique blend of orchestral pop-punk since 2008 and are about to embark on their biggest adventure yet: a European tour with Yellowcard this spring. We chatted with vocalist Cody Carson about his classical background, love of ’90s R&B, and what advice he would give to up-and-coming acts looking to make their mark.
OS: You guys recently donated over $5000 to the VH1 Save The Music Foundation and you mention the influence of music programs on the band when you were young. What music programs were you involved in when you were in school?
Cody Carson: I went to Tarpon Springs High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida. In second grade, I picked up a clarinet, and I kept playing and I got very heavily involved in classical music. The only reason I went to Tarpon Springs High School was because of their music program; it was incredible. It taught you a great deal of work ethic, and there was also a leadership program that was called Tarpon Springs High School Music and Leadership Conservatory. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons there. I played clarinet and was involved in marching band and wind ensemble and jazz band. Because of the leadership program there, at the end of every year there was always a political campaign and I would run for clarinet section leader and woodwind captain, and those were two positions I held. I met Dan Clermont, our guitarist, there. He was the trumpet player there and he was also trumpet section leader and field commander and stuff like that. The program was incredible to us. (more…)
My Chemical Romance will continue their B-side saga with the release of the fourth installment of their Conventional Weapons series on January 8. The Conventional Weapons series of five 7″ vinyl, two-track singles compiles songs recorded in 2009, before the band recorded Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys. If you can’t wait until next Tuesday, check out streams of the two latest songs below the jump.
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My Chemical Romance‘s Conventional Weapons Number Three has been released, and with the high praise of fans and critics alike, we couldn’t wait to bring you the tracks. The third installment features A-side, “The World Is Ugly” and B-side “The Light Behind Your Eyes. Both tracks demonstrate a clear emotional journey, something we didn’t see as much of on the band’s more aggressive second installment.
Check out both songs after the jump and let us know your thoughts. Is this a welcome change?
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My Chemical Romance are known for being chameleons of the modern rock scene. In the early 200’s, the band went from playing dingy clubs in New Jersey to donning military jackets in Pink Floyd-esque stadium shows known as The Black Parade. But before the release of their latest album, 2010’s Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys, MCR had recorded a very different batch of material, one that harkened back to the early days, and their aggressive punk rock roots.
The band will be releasing two of these tracks, collectively called Conventional Weapons, each month for five months. Listen to the first two songs, “Boy Division” and “Tomorrow’s Money,” below and pre-order the 7″ vinyls of all the songs here.
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The name alone should tell you Set It Off’s M.O. The Tampa-based band is all about starting a frenzy through adrenaline-soaked, emotive rockers. Led by singer Cody Carson, Set It Off blends theater, social sensitivity and angst a la bands like My Chemical Romance and Panic At The Disco. On Horrible Kids Carson, guitarists Dan Clermont and Zach DeWall, bassist Austin Kerr and drummer Maxx Danziger delve into bullying with equal parts empathy and rage. It’s jittery and paranoid, but ultimately a redemptive tune. But on Breathe In, Breathe Out, the mood takes a turn towards a manic carnival. Jabbing guitars, coursing verse and a soaring chorus create a totally irresistible, totally schizoid rocker. Set It Off are masters of mood swings. On Pages and Paragraphs Carson sings, I’m on cloud nine. Even if happiness is fleeting there’s still pleasure to be found in pain. Enjoy the ride.