While some proclaim the death of rock and roll – including Gene Simmons, who last year opined that new bands “didn’t take the time to create glamour, excitement and epic stuff” – others are much more optimistic about the guitar’s future. music.
Take Alice Cooper, for example, who reminded the Kiss bassist earlier this year that “there’s a bunch of 18-year-old kids out there “learning Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses,” and aspiring to a resurgence in “all this area”. of hard rock.
And now My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has added his voice to the chorus of those who are optimistic about the shape of things to come.
In a new interview with NMEthe singer addresses the cyclical nature of guitar music in the mainstream.
“In the 2000s, when we emerged, you saw other bands like Green Day having almost a whole revitalization: that was an era for rock and roll,” he says. “Rock and roll was a really dominant thing. And then pop starts taking a lot of risks, and then all of a sudden you see people trying to get bands to use guitars less.
“You keep hearing ‘Rock is dead’,” he adds. “If someone gave me a free guitar every time someone said ‘rock is dead,’ I’d have a lot of guitars.
He continues: “What I believe happened at the time when the rock had disappeared, [when] you wouldn’t hear guitars in things, i think people really missed what you can get from a rock band and you can’t get anywhere else. They just missed the guitar sound.
“I think that’s why we’re starting to hear them in pop. I think as this cycle continues the sounds are going to get heavier and more visceral because I think people just need that. I think people just need it.
Elsewhere in the interview, Way talks about his love for Nirvana and how they “had the grunge tag and [MCR] got the emo tag”.
“I don’t think any of our bands ever felt comfortable with those tags,” he says. “I never really liked [other] grungy; it was Nirvana for me. I didn’t necessarily consider them grunge – I guess they embodied it, but at the same time nobody else who was a grunge band really sounded like them, you know?
“I also felt the same way about My Chemical Romance. We had emerged in this second wave emo scene, and it never really went down well.