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  • wabagoo

Not A Post About Tickets.

I went to the New Years Eve Carson Daly taping thing on Monday. It was cold and badly organized and I kept getting bitched at by security guards for sitting on the barricade, but whatever; the guys, themselves, were awesome and put on a great - but short - show.
I haven't seen too much floatin' around about the event, so I thought I'd share a couple photos, a video, and some other deets on what went down...

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  • yekith

Ray's Interview for mychemicalromanceforum.com

Hope the mods will allow this here!

http://www.mychemicalromanceforum.com has been around for more than 5 years (I've been a member for 4). In that time, its administrators -Lisette and Imre- have had the chance to interview members of the band 5 times. This last one was harder to get and they didn't have as much time as they'd have wanted to, but they finally got to talk to Ray in Amsterdam and he said a lot anyway. Some of the questions were supplied by members of the forum while Imre and Lisette came up with the rest after listening to the album.

Now, I can't post the interview here. The forum's traffic diminished a lot (like it happened to many sites) during the band's break. They need it to become active again, and they especially need more views for the interview thread to have new similar chances in the future. You'll have to register to read, but it only takes a couple of minutes and you'll be able to read the previous 4 interviews too and any future ones right away -having the chance to submit questions. Those girls deserve it, believe me, and you won't regret it!  :)

p.s.: Ray even talked about Bob, more than they had so far.


Lisette: 'Art is the weapon' Is a great initiative, however for those of us whom like me can't even draw a stick man correctly, do you worry that the message could be interpreted as you have to be an artistic person to follow this band? [question by Lady Druzilla]
Ray: No! I guess the way we're putting it out, art can mean a lot of things. At the heart of it, art is doing something you really believe in. Like my wife, she volunteers helping underprivileged kids, that's her art. To me, anything that you do that you truly believe in makes you an artist. It doesn't necessarily mean being a painter or a film maker. That's art, but there's more to it than that. As long as you're pouring your heart and soul into what you're doing, that's the weapon.

For the whole thing:  Fifth MCRF Interview

New Blog reveals song titles =)

Ray posted a new blog.

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Mixing with our good buddy Rich Costey is going great. So far, he's mixed 9 songs, and they all sound fucking stellar. He had an interesting process where he started out mixing some of the looser songs first, and then ramped up to the denser stuff. Our goal in mixing is to make it loud, and then make it louder then that. "Still Alive" was an early one, and he brought a real heaviness and aggressiveness to that song. Song is very drum and bass oriented, very different for us, but still rocks at the same time. A bit of Queen influenced guitar harmonies helps on that song.

"Save Yourself" was another early one, a mix of Judas Priest metal and 80's arena rock. That song went through a lot of different permutations, and finally we settled on this vibe that took us to new territory. We then got into a song called "The Only Hope For Me Is You," and that's where things really starting clicking with Rich. What was great was each song would just sound better and bigger than the last. As some of you had guessed from a twitter thing of mine (I refuse to call it a tweet), David Campbell did a bit of work on the record, and that's one of the songs he arranged for. Costey did this crazy effect with the strings going into the last chorus that blew me away. One of my favorite tracks.

"Trans Am" and "Death Before Disco" came next. "Disco" you may have heard at the Roxy shows or from Youtube videos of Summersonic. So happy with the way that mix turned out. I have to drive REALLY FAST when I listen to it. I think that's a hallmark of a great rock song. "Trans Am" is an epic take on "Born To Run" in 4 minutes. When we wrote this song, it was HUGE for us. Really opened our hearts and ears during the writing process. Frank, thanks for noodling and G, good ear to make a song out of it. You guys will love this song. Another favorite. Looking forward to more mixes, we got coming up "Kiss The Ring," which we also played at Roxy. I really can't wait for "Black Dragon Fighting Society," our ode to Misfits punk. Song kinda shreds!

Mixing is a great thing. The ideas continue to flow, and like they say, writing is never done. FYI any of the song titles mentioned are still tentative, you know how we like to change things up!!!



I am so excited!
What do you guys think of the song titles?