After the scrapped album, the comic book side project, and the four year gap since ‘The Black Parade’, you’d be forgiven for thinking My Chemical Romance might have missed their moment somewhat, left it too long to make a comeback.
Gerard Way in the ‘Art Is The Weapon’ trailer
Any such fears have been confidently dispelled, first by the Mad Max-meetsThe Warriors trailer for forthcoming fourth album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ – and now by the full version of the track you can hear in that video, which debuted on Radio 1 last night.
The song’s called ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’, and it’s pretty thrilling blast of gonzo pop-punk.
Lyrically it’s an eye-bulging, “I want it all” rant ( “Give me drugs… Give me love… Give me more”), enriched by Way’s eye for the cool filmic detail (that reference to the “X on the floor” could’ve been lifted straight off ‘You Know What They Do To Guys Like Us In Prison’).
The song also features a spoken-word breakdown and a wailing guitar solo, and fully backs up Way’s recent admission that the band have been listening to a lot of punk-rock (MC5, The Stooges) and “80s cock rock” of late.
Consequently, the song lacks some of the pomposity that marred ‘The Black Parade’ – such is its hurtling momentum, it has more in common with a track like ‘I’m Not Okay (I Promise)’ than, say, ‘I Don’t Love You’. But it also feels like a departure – evidence of a new, turbo-charged, more colourful incarnation of the band.
Combine that with the riot of ideas contained in the trailer, with its Manics-esque sloganeering (“Art is the weapon/against life as a symptom”), and suddenly all other music released so far this year starts to look alarmingly drab.