Monday means BandsOnBands, and we’re excited to be posting the new PropertyOfZack feature today with Frank Iero. frnkiero and the cellabration's debut album, stomachaches, is out today via Staple Records, so make sure to check it out here!
In this week’s feature, Frank talks about his love for Otis Redding. Listen to songs by the Redding here and check out what Frank had to say about one of his biggest influences below!
When I was a young kid my parents split up. They made legal arrangements for me to stay with my mom during the week and visit my Dad’s house in South Jersey on the weekends. This provided us all with semi equal time together and my dad and I a steady two hour road trip down to Trenton on Saturday morning and another 2 hours back on Sunday night before the school week began, my first touring schedule. Throughout those weekly 4 hours of road trips we would blare cassettes at the limit of his 1982 white Grand Marquis’ tape deck. We set that shit to stun with Buddy Guy, T. Bone Walker and Muddy Waters. Occasionally the Rolling Stones and the Beatles would float through the crackle…oh and Freddie King, yeah, but that’s another article all together.
We played those tapes ‘til they bled and the sun bleached their covers to a pale pastel, but every few years a trip to Sam Goody would replenish the supply and my education in the masters of the craft would begin once again.
Not The Life It Seems: The True Lives Of My Chemical Romance
Gerard Way spoke in a new interview regarding going solo after My Chemical Romance and what it’s been like since leaving the band. Watch the video below after the jump.
It looks like former My Chemical Romance drummer Bob Bryar will be working with Angels & Airwaves in some role. Check out an Instagram update below after the jump.
Angels & Airwaves Part Ways With Bassist Matt Wachter
frnkiero and the cellabration (ex-My Chemical Romance) will be releasing stomachaches on August 26th via Staple Records. Check out the track listing below after the jump.
My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge just turned ten this week, and PropertyOfZack is launching our next Decade feature in honor of the album today! We have commentary on the album from POZ team members Adrienne Fisher, Connor Sheehan, Steve Ciccarelli, Deanna Chapman, and Ashley Aron, so enjoy the read and reblog to let us know your thoughts on Sweet Cheers ten years later!
How Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge holds up in 2014
I never got into My Chemical Romance. I remember buying Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge at a Best Buy the summer of 2004 and I remember seeing them open for Jimmy Eat World at the Allentown fair two years prior to that. I remember hearing more and more about them buzzing through my friends list on my internet journals, and of course internalizing “I’m not o-fucking-kay” as a hysterically blatant frame of reference for my (and everyone’s) mental state during those teenaged days. But I never got into them and I had nothing to contribute to this Decade… until I thought it might be interesting to give the record a fighting chance, a legitimate listen, as a person in 2014 now far beyond the demographic that it was intended to reach and inspire.
You know, we discuss plenty about how the current state of our music scene really is a mixed bag in terms of different sounds and influences, but my first-in-many-years impression of Three Cheers is that there’s not really much within immediate reach anymore that sounds like this. It’s a pressurized balance of snarl and swagger, but just barely brushed with a bit of humility from the then-recent days of their basement shows (and this record probably should have been called Last Chance for Humility, in terms of the My Chem trajectory). The goth vibe for which they’re infamous hangs ever-presently, permeating and dementing the melodies into these bleak, almost anti-pop sentiments. In fact, listening to this record bears some sonic parallel to looking at a strip of film negatives – you can tell what the subjects of the art are, but you’re supremely creeped out and maybe even fascinated by how they appear.
So for what it’s worth, I do get why it was a thing – that chorus on “Thank You For the Venom” squeezes what remains inside of my 16-year old heart, and the mounting anxiety between the gunslinger guitars and relentless drumming plays out way more recklessly than most comparable bands today would attempt. But that being said, I’m glad this record got its due when it did, because I’m not sure that the same kind of scene in 2014 would have embraced such a release that’s as gothic and high-concept as this one is. And since I’ve heard plenty of the new crop of quasi-adults citing their romance with My Chem as silly and perhaps overblown (see also: South Park’s emo kid vs. goth kid fussing), maybe safe in nostalgia is the best-kept place for this record, honey. - Adrienne Fisher
Most important song on Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
“You like D&D, Audrey Hepburn, Fangoria, Harry Houdini and croquet. You can’t swim, you can’t dance, and you don’t know karate. Face it, you’re never gonna make it.”
“I don’t want to make it, I just wanna …”
Those four sentences kicked off my introduction to My Chemical Romance.
My Chemical Romance's Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge is officially ten years old. Listen to the full album below after the jump.
Reading and Leeds have added Gerard Way to their lineup, which will mark his first show as a solo artist. Check out a tweet from R&L below after the jump.