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September 14th, 2012 at 02:46pm
So after a site revamp & a new logo comes this announcement from Frank

CONVENTIONAL WEAPONS
Friday September 14, 2012 | Posted by: Frank
Dear friends,

Please allow me to take a trip down memory avenue for just a minute.... in the year 2008 it was the best of times, it was the worst of times...after years of constant work and travel, The Black Parade had come and gone, and as a band My Chemical Romance had achieved almost every goal we had set for it. Records were sold, doors were kicked in, enemies made and vanquished...I really felt we had made a difference. If there was ever a time to run the credits, call it a day and go out on top ...this was it. But here we were, still relatively young and a wide open future seemed to be a blessing and a curse when wondering 'what the hell comes next?' A large percentage of my being was convinced the band was over at that point, and so, as it does, depression crept it's way in.

I have grown up and spent most of my early adulthood being in this band, the thought of that chapter closing was a harsh pill to swallow. But that November I got a call from Gerard that snapped me out of it. We talked for awhile about the band, about why we loved and hated it. We left the conversation with promises to to communicate and plans for a new record in place. In the coming months we forged ahead. Ideas started to take shape....there were conversations about what the songs should sound like, the trading of mix tapes for inspiration, and finally flights were booked to our adopted home of Los Angeles for pre-production.

Looking back to that first phone call, what I think we meant to say to one another was "I miss you. I like making music with you, and in spite of all the other shit that comes with it, good and bad, I still wanna do that." When you're in a band for as long as we have been and you've reached a certain 'level'...sometimes all you know how to do is make records. You tend to forget how to do the simple stuff. Like just connect with your friends and make music. No rules, no expectations. 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.

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. 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.

They hung out on my iPod and every few months I would visit them and think '...damn.' At first they gave me mixed feelings...I liked the songs but I couldn't help associating them with the hard times from which they were created. It made me a bit uneasy. But as time passed I began to enjoy them more and more, and was able to look upon the past a bit more fondly. They were my secret playlist, only for me. Like some unknown band that I discovered and loved, and that few others in the world had ever heard.

The more time went by, the more I toyed with the fantasy of releasing those songs. What would people think? Would they like them as much as I do now? Or was our first instinct of locking them away, never to be heard from again, the right move?

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. 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.

So beginning in October we will be releasing 2 songs a month for 5 months. 10 songs in total from the Conventional Weapons sessions we did back in 2009. We hope you enjoy these time capsules, and that they may shed a little more light on how and where Danger Days came from, and maybe even where the future of MCR might be heading. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...and now it is finally time to lift the veil on Conventional Weapons.

Play them loud and without judgement. Keep the Faith-xofrnk

**Check back next week for the track listing, release schedule and pre-order details.**
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September 15th, 2012 at 03:12pm
I am extremely excited for this.
No matter how many times I tell myself that I'm over them,
the talk of new music brings out the fangirl in me
and I feel like I'm fifteen again.
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September 15th, 2012 at 05:20pm
omgw! cant wait
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September 18th, 2012 at 01:29pm
wow that's great, I always did want some old music back
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September 18th, 2012 at 04:43pm
neal caffrey.:
I am extremely excited for this.
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September 19th, 2012 at 02:14pm
Pretty damn excited!
Especially about the studio version of The World Is Ugly.
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October 21st, 2012 at 01:37pm
next tuesday, so getting it!!!
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October 24th, 2012 at 07:54am
do u think it will be on youtube
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October 29th, 2012 at 06:40am
omg boy division is amazing an so is tomorrows money
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November 9th, 2012 at 10:51pm
I'm in love with boy division!
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November 9th, 2012 at 11:48pm
First release is fantastic, especially Boy Division.
Cant wait for the rest!
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November 14th, 2012 at 11:04am
well it better be black
well it better be tight
well it better be JUST MY SIZE!!!
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November 19th, 2012 at 11:46pm
Anyone have a link to Gun yet? I was able to find Ambulance.
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November 20th, 2012 at 03:26pm
Oy, I got to check this stuff out!

"I miss you. I like making music with you, and in spite of all the other shit that comes with it, good and bad, I still wanna do that."

How sweet!

The title reminds me of a quote from Animal House: "We could fight them with conventional weapons, but that could take years and cost millions of lives." A great line.
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November 23rd, 2012 at 11:11am
omg the song stay awake is on cw named "burn bright"
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November 25th, 2012 at 06:35pm
I absolutely cannot stop listening to Boy Division and Ambulance. I'm really excited for The World is Ugly and I'm wondering... remember the Hoboken show where they played that "Untitled" song that fans call "Stay" on The Black Parade is Dead? Will this be one of the releases? I really really hope so because that song is total gold! I'll be a sad panda if it's not... Sad
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November 26th, 2012 at 12:59am
I'm excited for the World is Ugly too, I didn't know that was going to be one of the ones released. I'd love if "Stay" was one as well.
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November 26th, 2012 at 07:48pm
Yes, me too. That song is just pure gold. I absolutely love it! I love it so much that I went back and watched it again. I love the sass he has at the end of that song too lol. I'm just hoping so much it's one of the ones released. ♥
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November 26th, 2012 at 09:42pm
Okay I listened to them!! One and Two are on Spotify.

Tomorrow's Money is my favorite. AMBULANCE reminds me of The Only Hope for Me Is You.
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December 1st, 2012 at 10:28am
Boy Division is my favorite so far. Second fave is probably Ambulance. I had expected the songs to be much heavier, but both Ambulance and Gun. are quite pop-ish imo.