Frank Iero announces new studio album, change in band name

Frank Iero is back with not only a brand new record but also a brand new band name. On Tuesday (March 19), the former My Chemical Romance guitarist announced the upcoming release of his third solo studio album as well as his band’s new name.

Titled Barriers, the musician’s forthcoming album is due out May 31 through Iero’s new home of UNFD.

“[I’m] super excited to be joining the UNFD family,” Iero said in a press statement about the new signing.

“We’ve known each other for a long time and the opportunity to be finally working together with people who really understand the project and believe in it is the greatest thing you could ever ask for.”

Barriers was recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago.

While Iero’s new studio effort won’t be out until late May, the singer confirmed that fans will get a taste of the new record sooner rather than later. The album’s first single, “Young and Doomed,” will make its worldwide premiere this Wednesday (March 20) on BBC Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac.

In addition to the album announcement, Iero also revealed that his band’s name has once again changed. Dubbed Frank Iero and the Future Violents, the group is made up of longtime collaborator Evan Nestor, Matt Armstrong (ex-Murder by Death), Tucker Rule (Thursday), and Kayleigh Goldsworthy (Golds, Dave Hause, The Mermaid).

Iero changing his band’s name is not at all surprising for fans. For 2014’s Stomachaches, his group went by frnkiero and the cellabration while for 2016’s Parachutes, the act’s moniker was changed to Frank Iero and the Patience.

“Dear frendz, I am pleased to announce that Matt Armstrong, Kayleigh Goldsworthy, Evan Nestor, Tucker Rule and I have made a new record together under the moniker of Frank Iero and the Future Violents,” the musician posted on Instagram.

“This record has been a dream come true and I can’t wait for you all to hear it. There’s so much more to come, but I will leave you with that for now… trust me, this is going to be a busy week!”

Listen: Gerard Way and Ray Toro join forces for ‘Happy Together’ cover

My Chemical Romance may or may not get back together one day, but until that time, fans have been a given a little treat for their jet black hearts. On Friday (Feb. 8) former bandmates Gerard Way and Ray Toro reunited for their second covers collaboration. This time around, the duo gave their own spin to the Turtles’ 1967 track, “Happy Together.” Listen to the collaboration above.

The “Happy Together” cover is the second song Way and Toro have collaborated on in the past month. Back in January, they surprised fans by recording their version of Simon and Garfunkel’s 1968 track, “A Hazy Shade of Winter” (can be seen above). The Simon and Garfunkel cover is predominately featured in the first full trailer for Netflix and Way’s upcoming series “The Umbrella Academy.”

As per the description that accompanies the songs, both tracks will be featured in the upcoming series which is set to premiere next Friday, Feb. 15, on the streaming giant.

The series will star Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”), Tom Hopper (“Game of Thrones”), Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Aidan Gallagher, and Mary J. Blige.

Fans of Way’s music have had to wait some time for the musician to head back into the recording studio as he has been a little preoccupied with “The Umbrella Academy.” Late last year, Way promised fans new music and he delivered.

In October he released “Baby You’re a Haunted House” followed by “Getting Down the Germs” in November. In December, he paid homage to Christmas and one of Santa’s lesser-known reindeers with “Dasher.”

Listen: Gerard Way gets down with the ‘Germs’ on new song

After surprising fans with a new spooky song just in time for Halloween, Gerard Way has returned with yet another new track for his loyal followers. On Friday (Nov. 16), the former My Chemical Romance frontman unleashed the lyrics video for his second new tune in a month. Titled “Getting Down the Germs,” the track features Way’s former band mate Ray Toro on drums and guitar while flutist Sara Andon also contributes to the new song.

As with all his other solo releases including his debut album Hesitant Alien, Way enlisted producer Doug McKean to take over production duties.

“I had really been wanting a song that featured the flute prominently for quite some time,” Way explains in a statement about the surprise addition of a flute on the new song.

He continues: “It sits in there perfectly, like it was made to pay the song a visit.”

Listen to “Getting Down the Germs” above.

“Getting Down the Germs” comes several weeks after Way released his first new song in four years, “Baby, You’re a Haunted House.” Way released his debut solo album, Hesitant Alien, in September of 2014.

In a post on Facebook earlier this year, Way revealed that he had plans to work on new music every Friday. If the debut of these two new songs is any indication, then fans should anticipate some more new jams before 2018 comes to a close.

Recently, Way’s music has taken a backseat to his comic book series, “The Umbrella Academy.” The hit series will be making its transition from the pages of a book to the small screen in 2019.

During a panel at New York Comic Con in October, it was confirmed that the show will make its long-awaited debut on Netflix in February of 2019.

Gerard Way gets spooky for ‘Baby, You’re a Haunted House’

My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way is back with a brand new song just in time for Halloween. On Friday (Oct. 26), the former frontman released his first new song in over four years. Titled “Baby, You’re a Haunted House,” the new song sounds like it could find a home on Way’s debut album, Hesitant Alien, with its Brit-pop-influenced sound.

The new tune features Way’s younger brother and former bandmate Mikey Way on bass, Tom Rasulo on drums, and Ian Fowles on guitar.

In addition to the track’s audio, Way also released an accompanying video for the tune. The almost-three-minute clip has a simple premise allowing the song to shine; Way and his band, performing on a foreign late night program decked out as skeletons.

In a press statement, Way explains that the song is “about all our inner ghosts and demons and what it feels like being in love and having to deal with your own internal horror show.” Watch the video for the new tune above.

“Baby, You’re a Haunted House” comes a few days after Way took to Instagram to tease the new track.

“New single ‘Baby, You’re a Haunted House’ out 10/26! #byahh” the musician wrote.

Way’s return to the music world should not come as much of a surprise to fans. Earlier in the year, he took to Facebook to reveal that he had plans to work on new music every Friday.

“Now, onto the music,” Way posted on Facebook. “It is far too early to have any kind of idea when new music will be coming out from me, or what it will be specifically. Would it be a solo record? A new band? Songs for the ‘Netflix Umbrella Academy’ show?”

He continues: “Something else? Again, too early to tell, but the process has started and happens every Friday at the moment. I’m in the discovery phase, and very excited about that.”

Recently, Way’s music has taken a backseat to his comic book series, “The Umbrella Academy.” The hit series will be making its transition from the pages of a book to the small screen in 2019.

During a panel at New York Comic Con earlier this month, it was revealed that the show will make its long-awaited debut on Netflix in February of 2019. The series will star Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan (“Misfits”), Tom Hopper (“Game of Thrones”), Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castaneda, Aidan Gallagher, and Mary J. Blige.

According to a press release, “The Umbrella Academy” will follow the “estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes” working together to solve the mysterious death of their father.

Steve Blackman (“Fargo,” “Altered Carbon”) is the showrunner while Way serves as an executive producer.

My Chemical Romance further elaborate about ‘Black Parade’ reissue

It’s been a week since My Chemical Romance posted their cryptic clip, launching their fans into a frenzy of speculations. The day after the clip was posted, the band took to social media to break the hearts of their fans by denying that there were any plans of a reunion tour and instead that the clip was to announce a reissue for 2006’s The Black Parade. On Thursday (July 28), the band further elaborated about the upcoming re-release.

The Black Parade’s tenth anniversary reissue will be titled The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts. The impending release will include the original version of The Black Parade as well as 11 early version/rough mixes of some of the songs that made it onto the actual album.

“To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Black Parade, we will be releasing a special edition of the album on September 23 that includes the album plus 11 previously unreleased demos, rarities, and songs from The Black Parade recording sessions,” a statement from the band reads.

Pre-orders for The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts are currently available on the band’s website. At the moment, there are two different bundles being offered: a 3-LP vinyl bundle and a CD bundle. Those who pre-order either of the bundles will receive an instant download of “The Five of Us Are Dying,” an early version of what would become “Welcome to the Black Parade.” Listen to the never-before-heard demo of the track here.

The complete track listing for the release can be seen below.

THE BLACK PARADE/LIVING WITH GHOSTS DEMO LIST:

1. “The End.”
2. “Dead!”
3. “This is How I Disappear”
4. “The Sharpest Lives”
5. “Welcome to the Black Parade”
6. “I Don’t Love You”
7. “House of Wolves”
8. “Cancer”
9. “Mama”
10. “Sleep”
11. “Teenagers”
12. “Disenchanted”
13. “Famous Last Words”
14. “Blood (Hidden Track)”

15. “The Five of Us Are Dying (rough mix)”
16. “Kill All Your Friends (live demo)”
17. “Party at the End of the World (live demo)”
18. “Mama (live demo)”
19. “My Way Home is Through You (live demo)”
20. “Not That Kind of Girl (live demo)”
21. “House of Wolves, Version 1 (live demo)”
22. “House of Wolves, Version 2 (live demo)”
23. “Emily (rough mix)”
24. “Disenchanted (live demo)”
25. “All the Angels (live demo)”

As previously announced, The Black Parade/Living with Ghosts is set to be released on Sept. 23 through Warner Bros. The reissue is set to come out an exact month before The Black Parade’s tenth anniversary. The record, the band’s third studio album is arguably the band’s most successful record earning them a number two spot on the Billboard 200 as well as the number one spot on Billboard’s Rock Albums and Tastemakers chart.

My Chemical Romance announce reissue of ‘The Black Parade’

Well guys, it looks like a Black Parade ten-year anniversary tour is not in the future. A day after making headlines after posting a cryptic clip on their website, My Chemical Romance has responded to the many speculations. On Thursday (July 21), the New Jersey-founded band took to Twitter and Facebook to announce that the video was teaser trailer for a reissue of their chart-topping record, The Black Parade. After the video was posted, fans went on a serious frenzy, sharing theories about what the 34-second clip meant. The general consensus, and hopes, were that the band will hit the road for a ten-year anniversary tour for the album.

“We’ve been really touched and blown away by the response to the teaser trailer,” the band’s short statement on their social media accounts read. “We are not touring and there is no reunion planned – only a release for the anniversary of The Black Parade. Thanks so much for continuing to keep MCR in your minds and hearts.”

As expected, many fans have taken to social media to express everything from anger about the “trolling” understanding as to why they would prefer not to tour behind the album. The news of the reissue was reported early Thursday morning by Entertainment Weekly. The entertainment publication had gotten confirmation from “inside sources” that the band’s teaser trailer was for a reissue of The Black Parade which would feature previously unreleased demo tracks.

Back in 2006, Alternative Press sat down with The Black Parade producer Rob Cavallo, who confirmed that there were so many demo tracks that the band was interested in releasing an alternative version of the hit record. “We did go to the limit when it came to arranging. There were extra arrangements of songs that we decided not to put on the record. There’s another arrangement of ‘Cancer’ that’s just loaded with all these different keyboard things. [We came to] the realization that we had too many songs and that we were going to have to cut some.”

The Black Parade was released on Oct. 23, 2006 and became the band’s highest charting record, earning the number two spot on the Billboard 200 chart. As announced by the band, The Black Parade reissue will be released on Sept. 23, 2016; an exact month before the record’s tenth anniversary.

My Chemical Romance tease fans with short clip

UPDATE:

Well guys, it looks like The Black Parade news may not be a ten-year anniversary tour after all. A few hours after the initial cryptic clip was uploaded onto My Chemical Romance’s many social media accounts and website, Entertainment Weekly has revealed that the record will be getting the reissue treatment. According to a source who spoke with the entertainment publication, the reissue will feature previously unreleased demo clips. No more information was given so maybe we can still hold out for a massive Black Parade ten-year anniversary tour.


It’s been over three years since New Jersey’s My Chemical Romance called it a day. Since that time, the band members have teased that there could always be a reunion of sorts in the future; if the timing was right. On Wednesday (July 20), the currently-defunct band made headlines when a brand new post was uploaded onto several of their still-active social media accounts. The posts all contained the same thing; a 34-second clip featuring a white flag with a black cross, waving in the wind. As the video comes to an end, the clip of the flag shifts to a white screen displaying the date “9/23/16” in black.

As many fans have already begun to speculate, this could be the band hinting at a potential reunion just in time to celebrate the ten-year anniversary for their third studio album The Black Parade. The record, which earned the band a number two spot on the Billboard 200, was released on Oct. 23, 2006. If the dates closely coinciding weren’t enough to back up the theory, the band’s updated profile picture might. On Facebook and Twitter, their former profile picture has been removed and replaced by a white background featuring the same black cross from the cryptic video. Unlike the clip, the image includes the letters “M,” “C,” “R,” and “X” which can be assumed to stand from “My Chemical Romance 10.”

In addition to the cryptic video and updated social media profile pictures, the band’s website has also been given a face lift. Currently, the website is decked out in white and black and features the video and what appears to be brand new merchandise. According to the website, the band will be releasing new line of merchandise that will be sold exclusively at Hot Topic and on the website.

With more than two months left until the official announcement is made, the most logical explanation behind the video, and the sudden update, is that the band will reunite to celebrate The Black Parade’s momentous occasion. Until then, fans can only hope that a ten-year anniversary tour is in the future. Watch the 34-second clip below.

Electric Century Confirm Release of Debut Album

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After what feels like years of waiting, Electric Century will finally be releasing their debut album. On Wednesday (Feb. 24), Electric Century head-honcho, and former My Chemical Romance bassist, Mikey Way revealed the news. Joining forces with British music publication, Kerrang!, the musician released a video confirming the news.

Electric Century’s debut album will be titled For the Night to Control and will unofficially be released on March 9. In the same video, Way also announced that the electro-pop act will be giving away the new album in the March 9 edition of Kerrang! For more information on how to obtain the free album, you must check out the latest edition of the magazine, which also features an interview with Way.

When asked by the publication why he decided to release the album with the help of Kerrang!, the musician said: “We’re old friends. We have a really good rapport, I respect the magazine a great deal. You guys were one of the few magazines that we let into the bubble of my previous band. We were a little less guarded around you guys. And Kerrang!’s always done me solid. We have such an amazing relationship. When times were great, you had my back, and when times weren’t so great, you had my back. That’s really telling of a group of people – if they’re with you when times are tough.”

For the Night to Control will feature ten tracks including previously released songs “I Lied” and “Right There.” Back in January, the group had teased their social media followers by posting “2016 is THE year” on Twitter. The social media post came after the group pushed back the release of their debut album due to several personal issues. For now, check out the album cover and track list for For the Night to Control below

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FOR THE NIGHT TO CONTROL TRACK LIST:

1. “You Got It All Wrong”
2. “Right There”
3. “Hey Lacey”
4. “I Lied”
5. “For You”
6. “Let You Get Away”
7. “Until The Light Goes Out”
8. “Someone Like You”
9. “Lately”
10. “Live When We Die”

Electric Century Hint at Possibility of Debut Album in New Year

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While every member of My Chemical Romance has gone off and done their own thing since the band’s split in 2013, there’s one project that’s release keeps getting pushed back. On Monday (Jan. 4), former MCR bassist, Mikey Way, and his project, Electric Century, revealed that 2016 is going to be a good year for them. Taking to Twitter, the act posted “2016 is THE year.” The social media post comes after what feels like years of Way pushing the project back due to several issues, most importantly his rehab stint.

In November of 2014, the musician posted an open letter to fans in which he revealed that he had encountered and intervention and was directed to enter rehab earlier that year. Due to his rehabilitation, anything having to do with Electric Century, including their much-anticipated full-length debut, was pushed back, for good reason. After some quiet, the group revealed plans to release an exclusive Record Store Day 2015 EP which featured three new tracks and one of the first songs they released early on.

Even though Electric Century has been quiet, it doesn’t mean Way has been. Back in July of 2015, the bassist joined forces with Sum 41’s  Deryck Whibley when his side project, Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines, hit the California road for a three-date tour.

Mini My Chemical Romance Reunion at Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines Show

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For fans of the now defunct My Chemical Romance, nothing would be better than hearing the news that the band had gotten back together to put out new music. Though we don’t see that happening in the near future (and that’s coming from a die-hard My Chemical Romance fan) there’s always hope of a mini reunion to suppress our appetite momentarily.

Last night (July 7), our wish for a mini reunion finally came true at the final Deryck Whibley and the Happiness Machines show at Los Angeles’ The Lyric Theater. Former My Chem bassist Mikey Way had revealed last week he would be playing bass for the Deryck Whibley’s side band during their three shows stint in California.

In support of the bassist, two special guests attended the show; former My Chem frontman/Mikey’s brother, Gerard Way, and guitarist Ray Toro. The only person missing from the mini reunion was the group’s other guitarist, Frank Iero, whose band Frnkiero andthe cellabration is currently on tour with Against Me! and Annie Girl & The Flight.

While there’s no footage of the appearance, there was a photo from backstage posted on Instagram, showing the reunion in action.

So, can we keep our hopes that the next step is a real reunion?