why be a fan of "just a band"

"I like hearing what a band is up to when it's not just writing a single. That's when you get to really know what a band is all about. That's when you love a band and not just music.

There's a big difference between being just a music fan or a popular music fan and you're a fan of a band. When you're a fan of a band you don't have to like everything, but you have to follow them because they know better than you do what their band is supposed to be doing and when you do follow and you do give it as many listens as it needs to like it or to appreciate it, then that band has opened your mind a little bit and you're a better person because of that band and that's why you're a fan of that band."
- Frank Iero

no elitism

Hittade ett inlägg från augusti 2003 på tumblr, skrivet av My Chemical Romance. Drog ut några delar därifrån.

"People cannot change music, its music that changes people. It is bigger than you and me put together
. It’s a neutron bomb with the detonator set on “kill" waiting for you to push the button.
This is an evolution and you can be part of the change or stuck eating your own shit on a quest for fire."

"We started this band for ourselves, to bear our souls, purge our own personal demons, and reclaim our innocence. When you are told you are not good enough your entire life sometimes the only thing you can do is scream “FUCK YOU” at the top of your lungs. This band was started and will end with three virtues: Honesty, Sincerity, and Loyalty. You will hear these three words in any interview we give because it is what we stand for."

"Music is a message. The message is more important than the messenger. People ask us what we have to say and my answer is to find out for yourself. This is not a copout. If you find out for yourself it means more to you."

 

some new ones I found

"[...] and I spoke about the nature of being an artist in the sense that you never truly feel like you've made it, and that's a really good thing to not feel that way. it kind of always keeps you wondering what you're going to be doing next year. i think there's a lot of artists out there that are always saying 'i don't know if i get to do this next year'. and i think that's actually if you try to look at that as a very positive thing, it can be a very liberating, a very freeing way to make your art. you just try to do the best and the craziest thing you can do right now, because you don't know if you get the chance to do it again." - Gerard. [x]

"make your life your art. that doesn't have to mean you're an artist to do it, you can be a veterinarian or anything, you can be a car mechanic, whatever it is that you love doing, make it your art." - Gerard Way

 
“I know what it’s like to be young and have dreams… I’ve had my heart broken and cursed the heavens when things didn’t go my way… but I also know what it’s like to be lucky enough to have those same hopes and dreams fulfilled. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without the good and the bad and I am thankful for every second of it." — Frank Iero.

"You do your thing and hope that the people that you’re reaching kinda live by your example. All you can really do is be yourself and try and use your spare time in a way that kinda helps, like visiting children’s hospitals. You know, just going out helping people, having respect for your fellow men and not forgetting… everything is so overrun by hate and kids these days they’re just so bombarded with death and destruction and war… and that’s why kids are growing up so quickly. And that sucks! People don’t care anymore. They don’t learn morals and values" - Frank Iero.

“Everytime somebody ever told you that you weren’t gonna amount to anything, you know, that’s your time to shine… you know, you can show everybody and prove to yourself what you’re doing is real and that it counts and that it makes a difference.

 Frank Iero


if I have stopped being a voice for a lot of people, I've definitely started being a voice for myself.

"I'm more excited to see what the fanbase does creatively, artistically, politically. All the people that were fans of My Chemical Romance, it was definitely their time to take ownership, it was their turn and we had our turn. We gave them hopefully a little bit of direction, maybe just some inspiration, maybe just some relief. And then they go and make something beautiful of the world."

- Gerard Way

Ur denna video som förövrigt är hur fin som helst, han pratar bland annat om vad hans soloalbum "Hesitant Alien" handlar om.

 

Idag är det nio dagar tills jag ser honom live. Helt fantastiskt!

G talking inbetween songs.

"I've been really active on the interweb in the last couple of years. And one of the things I've noticed is that women are getting a lot of shit right now. Especially on the internet. Getting a lot of death threats, and a lot of awful things being said to them. I know why this is. It is the result of old, white dudes in power... That are really afraid of you! Because everything is shifting and everything is changing right now and I love it!"

- Gerard Way [x] 

be nice to the first person you see because they had to wake up too

Jag torkade håret idag och kom att tänka på ett av Gerards tweets, så jag sökte upp det. Här är det:

"Good morning-
Wake up. Be nice to the first person you see because they had to wake up too. Do your thing. Straighten your head. Caffeinate if it’s how you do it. Get where you need to be- transit, personal or public. Be on time- people bum out when you make them wait because they had to do the same shit as you to participate in the world today. Be civil. Be prepared- people with less confidence than you will try and level the playing the field by acting on your weakness so know your stuff. Look sharp. Smell clean. Be smart- not paranoid. Be a peacock or a pigeon- but fly under the radar either way and know your truth. Talk less. Build more. Listen, but only until someone stops making sense. Give smiles freely, but only genuinely. Love anyone you might not see tomorrow-, which could be everyone. Know your part. Play it well but don’t fake it. Look for the magic- 
And try not to fuck with it."
-G. [x]

 


what matters

“Your past doesn’t matter- what happened five years ago doesn’t matter- the only thing that matters is your friends on stage- and what you do tonight. That will last forever.”

Reading and Leeds-

Frank said this seconds before we killed the house-lights on stage at Reading- in a group hug, and in near darkness. And not to misquote him but this is what I heard in my head- maybe he said it more poetically, but he has a talent for being direct- which is what I love about him.

And we were very direct.

-G.

Älskar hur äkta detta band var, och dessa personer. Aldrig någonsin någon bullshit.
Ärligt.
Viktigt.

♥ 


contaminate

Letade efter mitt bästa peppinlägg på mychemicalromance.com som är de ord Frank skrev när Danger Days släpptes 22 November 2010. Sedan jag läste det den dagen har jag aldrig glömt det inlägget. Har haft det favoritmarkerat för två datorer sedan, och även på den förra vill jag minnas.. Ett utdrag därifrån är än idag min skärmsläckare på telefonen. Hur som helst så råkade jag hitta detta, tyckte det var fint. Som det mesta som har med dessa individer eller detta band att göra. Här är ett utdrag:

♥♥♥

 

Only time reveals a records true inner beauty. Time spent together, getting to know one another, falling in love... In love with it's imperfections. This year has been a journey for us, and for you all. Together we have made new friends and lost old ones. We have celebrated and cried. Made love and waged war. We have grown as people and found our true selves along the way. We've traveled many miles and eventually found our way back home. We have lived the most dangerous of days to the fullest and more times than not, come out on top.

All of us are forever endebted to our incredible support systems. The ones that have been there from the beginning, and would never turn their backs. It is because of you that we have found the incredible strength inside to be ourselves, and to ultimately not give a shit what anyone thinks.

We are anxiously looking forward to contaminating Australia with you next year. But until then live dangerous, be yourselves, and dont ever give a fuck.

- Frank Iero 


unapologetic apathy

"I learned that the world doesn’t want to be saved, and it will fucking punch you in the face if you try."
— Gerard Way


 
"Keep it honest by being your own
 
person and letting people call you
 
on your shit."

— Gerard Way

 


Be whoever you are, extremely
 
loud, and be completely fearless
 
when you do it. Just be a fearless,
 
fearless person. Fearless artist…
 
fearless accountant. Whatever you
 
want to be.”  — Gerard Way.


“Would you destroy Something perfect in order to make it beautiful?”


"If you’re not risking everything, you might as well not play at all." - Gerard Way


"Be good to your friends." — Ray Toro.


“You’ll never be fucking normal because nobody is fucking normal.”
— Frank Iero.

 
"Everybody goes through rough things in their lives." — Ray Toro.


“Don’t do anything to try to fit in.” — Mikey Way.


"You can do fucking anything.” — Gerard Way.


“Shoot for saviour, and end up
 
being rad.”   — Gerard Way.

and it's better off this way. I can't clean the blood off the sheets in my bed

 
"Sometimes, in order to grow, you need to tear down everything that came before."

ärligt

"I became very observant, a watcher. Very creepy, I would say. I learned to see beauty in everything and ugliness in everything. I developed a very honest perspective. There was this real beautiful model once [in an art class], but she had this scar on her stomach and I made sure to pay a lot of attention to that. I thought that made her more attractive in a way." — Gerard Way.

praying you'll leave. hoping you don't.

Ett citat av Frank, gillar hans blogg massor, inte för att citatet är därifrån, men.. värt att nämnas nonetheless.

“Make a foot print. I think the worst thing you could possibly do is to live your life and have the world be the same way it was before you were here as it is after. I think that we’re here for a reason and if we don’t do something to make the world a better place then we just wasted everyone’s time.”


en video

Några finns i textform här, men det är ändå värt att posta.



just live

I en intervju frågades detta; On the “I’m Not Okay” video, Gerard says “I don’t wanna make it, I just wanna…” and then it cuts to the music. Can you finish that sentence for us?

"See, the original line was… well, it summed up the entire cheesiness of the teen movie type thing. It was “I just wanna rock!” And it was just too much. We wrote a million other things, “I just wanna be myself”… ah, what were the other ones… there were so many. But we just left it open because I think you get a lot more out of it if you just leave it open and put whatever you want to put in there. In that scene, Gerard is like every kid. He’s me, he’s you, he’s everyone.

It’s like, you know what, a lot of people are told they aren’t going to make it, but just do what you do best and live your life. Live it for yourself, and really just fuck everybody else."  

- Frank Iero


We'll carry on.

Har glömt bort den här bloggen lite. Finns så mycket jag hade kunnat lägga upp. Måste bara komma ihåg det!


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WHAT MATTERS NOW WONT MATTER SOON.

Ett gammalt favoritcitat. När jag har en skit-dag så brukar jag läsa den här, och det känns lite bättre. Alla ens vardagliga problem är inte så jävla speciella och faktiskt ganska obetydliga. Alltså man måste verkligen se över sina små problem och inte låta dem ta över och låta dem påverka ens humör och välmående.


Citat, citat och ännu fler citat.



"One day your life will flash before


your eyes, make sure it's worth


watching" - Gerard Way.


"The difference we wanna make is, number one, to let the kids now that they’re not alone, that they’re actually not that messed up and that they can do whatever they want. They can express themselves however they want without be persecuted or called a faggot or some kind of racist thing. And you know, and really just to get people to get over their stuff so they can live. Like, living’s very important. It’s more important to keep yourself alive, there’s nothing worth even hurting yourself over. I mean, I’m a person that goes through a lot of depression, and stress and things like that. I’m generally happier these days. But I have, it’s normal, it’s completely normal to be depressed so, uhm, I think it’s good to have a support group, it’s good to have people you can call, it’s good to talk to your folks… uhm, I think it’s just important that you keep yourself alive, you just stay fighting. Because it actually isn’t that bad. I mean, we started this band thinking the world was extremely ugly and I think now we realise that it’s more beautiful than we thought, and I think our music is now reflective of that. So, if anything you can take it from a guy and his band who used to think everything was a shit, and we’ve found that it’s not." - Gerard Arthur Way

 


“If you’ve been a fan of the band for a long time, you know we’ve always talked about suicide, depression, things of that nature. And we’ve always told you that if things feel so desperate, and you’re so hurt, you’re so depressed, you find some person that you trust to talk to. That’s something we’ve always said. But what we’re going to say to you today is, that if you find yourself depressed, hurt, like an outcast, like the only kind of place you could ever fit in is in a show like this, that’s not the case. ‘Cause even though we’re all outcasts in our own way we all belong to this world and we all fit in to this world. Do you understand me? We all have something to say, but you never ever say it with violence.” - Gerard Way

 

 

“When we first started out I had a really big issue and a lot of my loved ones had a really big issue with the fact that I was totally in pain up there and there was a time when I tried to hurt myself off stage, but I got over that. Like, you should never want to hurt yourself. You should love yourself. Sometimes you have to kind of die inside in order to rise from your own ashes and believe in yourself and love yourself and become a new person and I think that that is going to be a lot of what the next record is about, not to plug it or anything. Like, it's going to talk about dying and coming back to become what you totally want to become. We are all becoming what we want to become.” ― Gerard Way

 

“Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections.”
― Gerard Way

 


“Making a record is a lot like surgery without an anesthetic. You first have to cut yourself up the middle. Then you have to rip out every single organ, every single part and lay them on a table. You then need to examine the parts, and the reality of the situation hits you. You find yourself saying things like "I didn't know that part was so ugly." Or "I better get a professional opinion about that." You go to bed hollow and then back into the operating room the next day... facing every fear, every disgusting thing you hate about yourself. Then you pop it all back in, sew yourself shut and perform... you perform like your life depended on it ---- and in those perfect moments you find beauty you never knew existed. You find yourself and you friends all over again, you find something to fight for, something to love. Something to show the world.”
― Gerard Way

 

"It's fullfilling to be a good person, I think." - Frank Iero

 


“I don't think having a My Chemical Romance action figure will make a kid start his own band, I like to think that it will make him save children from a burning building.”
― Gerard Way

 

"A part of living your life, is to fuck up." - Frank Iero

"We are a generation told not to try too hard. The world is going to shit, so why break a sweat? We are reminded daily not to trust our gut or follow our hearts, your dreams are unattainable and unrealistic... the band almost fell victim to this "just good enough" mentality and would have never been able to forgive ourselves. You, the fans, deserved better and us as artists deserved better. Fear is the eternal enemy. If they can keep you scared, they can keep you controlled. We too came face to face with this saboteur, and found the strength to break through and carry on. We are here as a reminder that the world is not better off without you."

 "You can and should do Anything."
 "if you take anything away from this record, please let it be the strength to be passionate."
 "Love what you do and who you truly are. Be willing to die for it. If you are true to yourself, you can never go wrong."

- Frank Iero (About Danger Days: the True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys)




“It’s less about the bullies, and more about the victory of giving people like us a voice. And anyway, the bully is usually the guy that stays in the same town, lives in the town, fucks in the town, drinks in the town, dies in the town… whereas, it’s usually the kid whose wearing black in the corner that ends up doing something significant.” — Gerard Way.

“I think it’s human nature to be curious about “Why?” And what does this all mean, why are we here, what are we doing? And, at the same time, you can’t let it overcome you. You know? Because, really, it’s just as simple as just — at least for me, it’s “to make the world a different place.” I think the worst thing you can do is to live your life and have the world be the exact same place it was before.” — Frank Iero.

"You cannot, and I’m serious, you CANNOT be ashamed of who you are, no matter how much shit you get for it, or how much bullying you get, you can’t change who you are for anybody else. And I know it takes a lot, but it makes you a stronger person and you’ll be so happy that you didn’t later on in life."
— Frank Iero


“Everything you do in life, you should take a lesson from, whether it be good or bad. So, um, you just chalk it up to experience and you just learn how to do it better the next time around.” — Frank Iero.



“We embody [the] power of fighting against adversity!" - Frank Iero



“The future’s too bright to dwell on the past. Life moves fast, run faster.” — Frank Iero.



"A lot of people I’ve met in person seem to be very changed people, but I don’t know if that has to do with us. We had a mom the other day, she said, ‘This is weird, but my daughter used to be really shy and hated herself. Then she found out about this band and she came out of her shell, and now she is excited about life.’ That is just crazy to hear that. That is awesome. That’s the idea. That’s what it is about. To do something radically different"

— Gerard Way.

 

 ''Life is very, very short, and you can choose to live it how you want. You can choose to dumb yourself down and not express yourself just so you can fit in, just so people won't dislike you. OR, You can fucking l i v e . " - Gerard Arthur Way 

 

 “Growing up, I always wanted to be Batman because he was just a normal dude. Superman was all-perfect and had a duty to protect people. For Batman, it was a complusion, like a religious thing. All the best heroes are ordinary people who make themselves extraordinary.” — Gerard Way

 

“You can do amazing things when you believe[in yourself], amazing stuff that people aren’t even capable of. If you believe it, then you could make other people believe it too.” — Gerard Way.

“No matter how bad it gets, don’t give up. Always keep running. We will always be there for you. Just turn up the speakers, sing like no one’s listening, dance like nobody’s there.” — Gerard Way.

“Everytime somebody ever told you that you weren’t gonna amount to anything, you know, that’s your time to shine… you know, you can show everybody and prove to yourself what you’re doing is real and that it counts and that it makes a difference.” — Frank Iero.

“To ignore death and to be afraid of it is dumb because everyone is going to face it at some point. If you look at death and the reality of it, you realize that we’re all going to die, so let’s use this time on Earth to be positive and do good things.” — Ray Toro.

“Be yourself, don’t take anyone’s shit, and never let them take you alive… thanks for catching me when I fall and thanks for being brave.” — Gerard Way.

“Your main goal is to make something that you enjoy but also to make some kind of impact and radically alter your destiny in a lot of ways. Because of that you have to be really fearless with it, you can’t worry about it. You have to try push it as far as you can to see if you can break it. You have do what is right for you.” — Gerard Way.

“If for one minute you think you're better than a sixteen year old girl in a Green Day t-shirt, you are sorely mistaken. Remember the first time you went to a show and saw your favorite band. You wore their shirt, and sang every word. You didn't know anything about scene politics, haircuts, or what was cool. All you knew was that this music made you feel different from anyone you shared a locker with. Someone finally understood you. This is what music is about.” - G.Way

“When you doubt yourself you create something better.” - Ray Toro

"We have grown up and matured. We’ve learned to smile more, we try not to take thing so seriously. It’s not the end of the world all the time. Things are pretty okay, let’s just fucking smile. That’s what i tell myself, just enjoy life." - Mikey Way



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