My Chemical Romance
are getting ready to release Conventional Weapons
, a new album comprised of scrapped songs from their Danger Days
pre-sessions. "To kill the misconception, I don’t think the songs we wrote before Danger Days are bad songs by any means. In fact, I kinda think some of them are among my favorites we have ever written," explains guitarist Frank Iero. "A lot of them are kinda fucking rad….they just so happened to have been created in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and we as their parents were not ready to raise them just yet…and so they sat and waited."
The band have dusted off those old gems and, beginning in October, will be releasing two songs a month for five months. Of the songs' initial conception, Iero has stated, "Hindsight being 20/20, maybe we should have just locked ourselves in a room and made a bunch of noise until we were inspired to collectively say something on a record. That’s not what ended up happening. Instead we planned on making a specific kind of record, we wrote songs to fit that specific plan, and then we flogged ourselves for it not feeling right, organic, or complete. After almost a year of beating ourselves up, we ended up shelving those ill-fated songs, and reconnected with Rob Cavallo and Doug McKean to salvage our band and make what would become Danger Days."
And while it took much thought to bring these songs back to the surface, it was a decision the whole band could finally stand behind. "Recently we had a band meeting, we ended up talking about the past, and together we listened to those songs we created almost 4 years ago," Iero continued. "We discussed the the way those songs made us feel, how they led us to where we are now and what the fate of those songs should be. How can we fully move on if we continue to hide the past? Together we decided that this chapter in My Chemical Romance’s history no longer needed to be locked away."
Album pre-orders, full tracklisting, and song release schedule will be announced next week, so stay tuned for more details. You can also check out Iero's full statement regarding the release via Alter The Press.