Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Then & Now - My Chemical Romance

... a qucik introduction about this new "series" of mine ...

So. I know you've all been sitting at the edge of your seats for months now, checking this blog daily - if not twice daily - eagerly awaiting the moment when you'd see on this site my infamous "Then & Now" post.
... okay. maybe not. Some of you are probably wondering ... "What is she talking about? ...what is it I'm about to read, exactly?"

This post is going to be a little unorthodox, compared to most. For one ... it's not going to be one post. This post you're reading now will mark a series of "Then & Now" posts I will write over the course of the following week or so. In these posts, I'm going to shuffle back through the archives, reminiscing on the posts I've made since the beginning of this blog's existence.
... but that's not all.
Along the way, I'll think about my opinions on these bands now. You have probably often seen my type at the bottom of a post, "I'll definitely be looking more into this band"; or, "I can't wait to listen to this band's latest album" ... or something to that effect. The thing is, many of the songs I've posted about on this site have been from bands I didn't know very well at the time ... and, more often than not, I've been surprised by what I've discovered about these bands when I delved deeper into their discographies.
Interesting? I think so. So let's take a look at my favorite bands, then ... and now. We'll start with posts from the very beginning ... and work our way up to the present. Look out for more "Then & Now" posts in the days to come, and for now, enjoy Part 1 of this little mini-series.

And it'd only be appropriate that I start out with ...

My Chemical Romance
You all should have guessed these guys would be in here :3

Then ...

The first post I made on this blog about My Chemical Romance was a review for their ever-popular single, Welcome to the Black Parade. This post ... basically marks my introduction into this band. At the time, this was the only song of theirs I knew; I had just started doing my research on the band. Little did I know ...

...& Now.

... that My Chemical Romance would go on to become the first band I ever called my "favorite". Anyone who's followed this blog since making my post on Welcome to the Black Parade has, in essence, watched me fall in love with this band as a whole. You've been there with me as I discovered everything I love about this band ... and have stuck with me as I shared with you every detail (yes, every one!) In hindsight, I don't think my album review for their 2006 effort, The Black Parade, came anywhere close to doing the album justice ... but it wasn't prejudice, either, which is probably more than I could say if I re-wrote the review now ;) All in all, since first watching the video for Welcome to the Black Parade - a video I "didn't think I was going to like at first" - I have grown to appreciate every effort My Chemical Romance has done. This is the band which really shaped my taste in music, and I love them for it.

Currently, My Chemical Romance is is the studio, working on the follow up to 2006's The Black Parade. The band's website offers frequent updates on the tracking process; band members have said that they're "reaching for the stars with each track", and that the new album will no doubt "wreck people's faces". Well, looks like they have high standards to meet! And you better believe I'll be here, letting you guys all know whether or not they live up to their big talk. ...I have a feeling they will.

A taste of what's to come ...

This performance (live from Hoboken, New Jersey) was featured on My Chemical Romance's second CD/DVD release, The Black Parade Is Dead! (2008). The song they perform in the video below is, as of now, an untitled track which will, more likely than not, be featured as a studio recording on My Chemical Romance's upcoming album.
This song is lovely, and gives me an idea of what the band may be working towards as far as sound for the new album. I've been enjoying this song for the past year, and will continue to do so. I can't wait to hear how it sounds, finalized, on the new album.
I hope you guys enjoy this song as much as I do.

My Chemical Romance - (Untitled) [Live in Hoboken, NJ]


•¦Amy¦• said...

I watched you fall in love with them! Just as I had before you...ah aren't they wonderful?

The thing about My Chem is no matter what, as I learn more about the band, I only fall deeper in love with them. With other bands, that is rarely the case.

I loved "The Black Parade Is Dead!" I'm so happy my brother was willing to buy it when my pockets were empty. Just amazing.
Thanks for revisiting my all-time favorite band! Can't wait to see more of these posts!

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