Emo pioneers My Chemical Romance have announced that they will not be reforming after heavy speculation from the music press this week. Fans worldwide have been sounding their disappointment after a video posted online by the band suggested a possible reunion.
The purpose of the video was to promote a re-release of their 2006 album ‘The Black Parade’ which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. ‘The Black Parade’ was viewed by many as the defining moment of the emo movement and even hailed by some as emo’s ‘Sgt Peppers’.
The re-release became available on Thursday night (July 21) and is said to contain all sorts of new bonus material. The band originally posted a teaser video on Wednesday that sent the internet into a complete frenzy. Kerrang! reported that the hype surrounding the teaser actually caused their website to crash due to the incredible amount of traffic.
MCR posted this statement on their twitter feed:
“We’ve been really touched and blown away by the response to the teaser trailer. We are not touring and there is no reunion planned – only a release for the anniversary of The Black Parade. Thanks so much for continuing to keep MCR in your minds and in your hearts.”
Since their break up in 2013 the band have released a greatest hits album entitled ‘May Death Never Stop You’ and have been working on a number of solo projects. Singer Gerard Way released his solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’ in 2014 which peaked at number 1 in the US Billboard Alternative Albums chart.
Although the band have not chosen to reform at this moment fans need not despair. Emo music is experiencing somewhat of a resurgence lately with many bands from that era set to make comebacks this year. Contemporaries Taking Back Sunday even have a new album out in September.
Perhaps this weeks reaction from MCR fans will be enough to make the band seriously consider getting back together in the near future.