Sunday, February 17, 2013

Song Of The Week: 2/17/13

Song: "Bury Me In Black"

Artist: My Chemical Romance

Album: "Life On The Murder Scene"

Year: 2006

"Bury Me In Black" appears to be a drunk filled tirade pointed at someone the vocalist knows, but perhaps has fallen out of favor with. To me, it seems that because the vocalist is in a alcoholic state of misery and depression, he seems to be pissed off at this other person, who maybe thinks that he or she is better than him or more perfect in a way. The vocalist thinks this person is just as ugly as he is on the inside and you would see it if you can peel back his or her "perfect" exterior. My Chemical Romance formed as a band back in 2001, hailing from New Jersey. Just three months after their formation, the band caught the ear of fellow New Jersey musician, Geoff Rickley, who is the frontman of the band Thursday. Rickley would produce My Chemical Romance's first full length album, 2002's "I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love". In 2003, M.C.R. signed with major label Reprise Records and in 2004, released "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge". This was the album that shot the band to super stardom, going platinum thanks in part to the hit singles "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)", "Thank You For The Venom", "Helena" and "The Ghost In You". In 2005, My Chemical Romance got the opening slot on Green Day's "American Idiot" tour. 2006 saw the band release their very first live cd/dvd entitled "Life On The Murder Scene". As work began on the band's next project, My Chemical Romance wanted to create a concept album. In 2007, M.C.R.'s concept album was released called "Welcome To The Black Parade". This was supported on the "Welcome To The Black Parade World Tour" which featured supporting bands Rise Against, Thursday and Muse. In 2007, the band was also nominated for Best Alternative Group at the American Music Awards. The band would put out a live cd/dvd, their second, called "The Black Parade Is Dead", which chronicled their major world tour in support of the "Black Parade" album. In 2009, My Chemical Romance covered the Bob Dylan tune, "Desolation Row" which was featured in the "Watchmen" movie. They turned this Dylan song into an old school, gritty, snarly punk rocker of a song, one of my personal favorites by the band!! 2010 saw M.C.R. release their fourth full length album, entitled "Danger Days: The Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys". At this time in their career, the band wanted to focus less on theatrics and concepts and really make a stripped down rock and roll record. They definitely wanted to put the major focus back on the music and less on the imagery of the band. In 2012, the band came up with the "Conventional Weapons" project. What this was, basically, were ten unreleased tunes dating back to 2009 which would be released two songs at a time for five months, the final installment being in February of 2013. My Chemical Romance's music can be labeled many things, alternative rock, goth punk, emo (though the band HATES being called "emo"), though they are clearly influenced by bands such as Queen, Black Flag, Misfits, Joy Division and The Smashing Pumpkins. The Pumpkins comparison is definitely a worthy one, M.C.R. having just a little more of a punk edge to them however. Currently, as of October of 2012, My Chemical Romance has been working on new material for what will be their fifth studio full length. I'd expect a new album at some point in 2013.

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