My Chemical Romance’s upcoming fourth album, “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” went through a long journey before arriving at its final stages. After a year of work on the record, the band decided to start over, and reintroduce their high-concept, cinematic approach to rock and roll.
“The decision to scrap a year of work felt like we were holding our career over an open flame, especially in today’s business,” MCR frontman Gerard Way told Billboard.com.
Oddly enough, this decision was inspired by an interview with “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott, during which Way realized he had to fight to the death for his art. In the end, Gerard and his bandmates are pleased with the results on “Danger Days,” which, just like “Blade Runner,” is set in California circa 2019.
“It feels like a victory to see art win over fear or commerce,” says Way. “Art won this time, and it made me feel like I could do what I do another ten years. Before releasing our last record [2006’s “The Black Parade”], I kind of felt like the well was dry, and the inspiration was gone.”
Now Gerard himself walks Billboard.com through “Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys,” detailing what stayed from the band’s early recording sessions, and how the highly narrative, sci-fi world of Killjoys came to be.