My Chemical Romance will on 30 Oct release double A-side ‘Boy Division/Tomorrow’s Money’, the first release in a series of “shelved” tracks that the band recorded back in 2009, but then opted not to release in favour of their last studio LP ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’. Songs frontman Gerard Way described as “boring” and unambitious at the time, although they now seem to have had a change of heart.
The series, entitled ‘Conventional Weapons’, will also encompass four further pairs of demos, which will be available each month till the last set, ‘Surrender The Night’/'Burn Bright’, is released on 5 Feb.
Writing via the MCR blog, bassist Frank Iero sets the scene in which ‘Conventional Weapons’ sessions transpired: “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”.
The band’s real reason for rejecting the tracks at the time, he adds, wasn’t because they were substandard: “To kill the misconception, I don’t think the songs we [initially] wrote before ‘Danger Days’ are bad songs by any means. In fact, I kinda think some of them are among my favourites 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”.
Since the wait is almost over, you’ll find dates and other specifics of the series via this link.