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My Chemical Romance Building Studio To Record New Album In 2012

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My Chemical Romance revealed that they are building an entire studio to avoid the time constraints the usually encounter when recording an album and spoke about the direction their fifth LP is taking.

My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero and Ray Toro recently spoke with Noise 11 about the follow-up to their 2010 album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Lives of Killjoys.’ Toro revealed that the band was building a studio to facilitate the recording of their next album and explained the decision:

“Back in L.A. we just got a studio so we’re kind of building that out and basically trying to make a compound where we can be creative and be there whenever we want to be. That’s the tough thing doing records in a cycle and you have three or four months where you have to write and record a record and sometimes that’s tough. You can take longer, but you always feel like there’s something over your head like a time constraint and now we’ll have our own place where we can go and make music 24 hours a day. It’s gonna be great!”

My Chemical Romance’s previous two albums ‘Danger Days…’ and ‘Welcome to the Black Parade’ were both rather large in scope — Frank Iero explained the band’s affinity for the conceptual:

“It can’t just be a collection of songs. It’s never going to be ‘Oh, we had these twelve songs so record it real quick and we’ll put them out!’ I don’t think anyone can really do that these days anymore without some sort of thought or vision behind it. I think the days of just filling the time and putting out a disc is over, and I’m glad, because those are some of my least favorite records. I think [iTunes] is cool. Write a song and then just put it out, I like the immediacy of that, but I’m talking about full albums, it’s no longer a mixtape mentality. There needs to be a reason why there’s twelve songs, or thirteen songs. It’s not like ‘Oh, we have a single so we need ten more fillers to put it out there,’ but for us, we’re fans of the album.”

My Chemical Romance will re-team with engineer Doug McKean for the third consecutive album which they are expected to begin recording at some point in 2012. The band contributed a live cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Desolation Row’ to the just-released compilation ‘Chimes of Freedom: The Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International.’

Watch ‘My Chemical Romance’ Cover Bob Dylan’s ‘Desolation Row’

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