Ah, My Chemical Romance. The band that catapulted us into emo-dom. The inspiration behind our failed attempt at pulling off red eyeshadow, black nail varnish, and those studded belts from Asha (can we take a moment to appreciate Asha!). They are a band that raised a generation.
While their second album Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge was most of our introductions to them, it was their third album The Black Parade that put them on the map and solidified them as one of the best songwriters of the alternative music scene. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Black Parade‘s released, Rock Sound joined forces with a bunch of bands to create a tribute album; OK Rock, Escape The Fate, Creeper, State Champs, Crown The Empire, Moose Blood, Palisades, Twenty One Pilots, Ghost Town, New Years Day, Against The Current, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk! and Asking Alexandria all lent their musical prowess to the CD, each taking on a song from the 13 track album.
Most of the songs are very close to the originals, with everyone putting on just a slight spin of their own. And then you have Twenty One Pilots who always just do their own thing (and we wouldn’t have it any other way). While the easiest move would have been to just put Tyler with a piano to create a mournful rendition of the track ‘Cancer’, they instead opted for a haunting, distorted, slow electronic ballad, drenched in heartache.
Against The Current’s take on ‘Teenagers’ is also probably one of my favourites on the album. I first heard this live when they played The Academy in Dublin on the 27th of September, and the crowd were loving it. When Chrissy was introducing it she hadn’t even mentioned the band before the room erupted in cheers, showing that the legacy of My Chem transcended through the generations from the over 18’s in the balcony, to the kids down below on the floor. The electricity Chrissy brings to every performance highlighted the power and energy of the song and the back-and-forth between the band and the crowd was a fitting tribute.
It’s also worth noting that State Champs and Creeper brought a bit of I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love edge to it which was a nice throwback. All in all, the album worked as a reminder to those who had long forgotten the importance and the legacy of MCR, and to those who will never forget.