“The aftermath is secondary. It’s time to do it now and do it loud. Killjoys make some noise!” This is the rallying cry of My Chemical Romance’s new album Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys straight from the year 2019. It’s been around 4 years since MCR had hundreds shouting and marching to their previous album The Black Parade and before that the kids were raising their fists in defiance to Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge. But now MCR is back in action with a new look and sound, lead singer Gerard Way has dyed his hair bright red and with it the band takes their “What-else-ya-got-emo” rock style and blows it away with a synth-pop punk laser beam.
The album starts off like a rocket with the opening track “Na Na Na” and doesn’t stop, from the perfect use of synthesizers in songs like “Bulletproof Heart” and “Planetary (GO!)”, the static filled pops up in “Party Poison”, and the classic MCR darkness that’s sprinkled in “The Only Hope for Me Is You”, “Save Yourself, I’ll Hold Them Back” and “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W”. But the song that will ring in the hearts and voices of the ones who listen to this album is “SING”, a song that tells you not to be silenced by anyone. This song and this album tell a tale of blowing up the bland, corporate world and to “Sing it out for the ones that’ll hate your guts”.
Like the The Black Parade, Danger Days is a rock opera, but unlike the dark, theatrical tale of a cancer patient reflecting on his life and waiting for death in the form of a parade, Danger Days gives us a story that can be summed up with this line: “We do our talking with a laser beam” (from the 2nd track “Bulletproof Heart”). The setting for this new album takes place in California circa 2019, where America has been affected by some kind of disaster, leaving California nothing but wasteland that is ruled over by Better Living Industries and their army of vampire-like creatures called draculoids. The only resistance against this tyrannical corporation is four laser gun slinging rogue artists: The Fabulous Killjoys (aka My Chemical Romance) and their allies.