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The Black Parade album was so big, and so important for My Chemical Romance that guitarist Frank Iero confesses after the dust settled, he thought the band was over. How could they ever top Parade?

In letter posted to the band’s official site, guitarist Frank Iero explains the band went their own directions after The Black Parade‘s touring cycled ended. It was a after an inspirational phone call from frontman Gerard Way, the band regrouped to give it song-writing a try. Unfortunately, the group “planned” to make a specific kind of record rather than locking themselves in a studio and working together, one on one. They wrote songs to fit that specific plan. Guilt soon set in for not being allowing the songs to be genuine and “organic.” They decided that the songs would be shelved and they’d start fresh.

“After almost a year of beating ourselves up,” say Iero, “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.

According to Iero, the reason for shelving the tracks was not because they weren’t up to par.

“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 f—ing 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.”

Beginning in October, the band will slowly release the scrapped 2009 Conventional Weapons album; two songs a month for five months.

According to Iero, the track listing, release schedule and pre-order details will roll out this week.

— Jay Tilles, CBS Local


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