My Chemical Romance enjoyed several years as the musical addiction of the alternative emo-punk set, but after the release of their 2010 album Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous KillJoys and the loss of their last drummer Michael Pedicone, whom guitarist Frank Iero dubbed a “thieving piece of garbage,” there was no word if the band was working on new music.
Now, according to Iero in an interview, My Chemical Romance has enlisted their tour drummer Jarrod Alexander and “can’t wait to start tracking” with producer Doug McKean.
“It’s going really well, actually,” said Iero when asked about what would be My Chemical Romance’s fifth studio album. “I’m really excited…I think we’re maybe a month away from the record button lighting up. ”
According to the Aquarian Weekly, a New Jersey-based art and music blog, My Chemical Romance is very happy they brought Alexander into the fold.
“Jarrod is a rad guy and a fantastic player,” explained Iero. “It’s been really fun making music with him these past few months. He loves coffee and hitting drums super-hard … and the fact that he’s not a thieving piece of garbage is a breath of fresh air.”
“Since we only had a week’s worth of notice to prepare for this show and with scheduling conflicts and all, we decided that instead of using a real-live human drummer,” said Iero about the band’s stepping in for Blink-182 at Bamboozle after drummer Travis Barker got his tonsils removed. “We are going to use the super computer from ‘War Games’ instead. However, we have nicknamed the computer Jarrod.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles