In a recent interview with The Aquarian, guitarist Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance revealed that their new drummer is Jarrod Alexander. Jarrod has toured and played with many different bands, some of which include Death By Stereo, American Nightmare, and A Static Lullaby.
In the interview, Frank talks about how Jarrod has been a pleasure to record with, and how much fun he’s had making music with him. My Chemical Romance recently announced they will be playing The Bamboozle Festival in New Jersey as a replacement for Blink-182. Blink had to drop off of the tour due to sickness within the band. Jarrod will not be playing with My Chemical Romance at the festival due to the short notice and scheduling conflicts, but we can expect him in full force when the next touring schedule comes around.
You can check out clips from the interview after the break, and check out the full interview here. Also, make sure you let UTG know what you think of this new lineup addition after the break!
First thing’s first: Who’s playing drums? Will it be Jarrod for Bamboozle, and will he play on the next album?
Haha, oh my. First thing off the bat, huh? Jarrod is a rad guy and a fantastic player. 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. But since we only had a week’s notice to prepare for this show and with scheduling conflicts and all we decided that instead of using a real-live human drummer we are going to use the super computer from War Games instead. However, we have nicknamed the computer Jarrod.
You guys are pretty much the super-heroes of Bamboozle 2012, stepping in at the last minute to save the day. Obviously you toured with Blink-182 as well. What was that experience like? The bands don’t seem to have much in common musically, but was there a lot of audience crossover on the road?
Well, it’s our pleasure. We love to play shows, and we’re glad to help out. Especially in the NJ.
We are in writing-mode right now and weren’t going to consider playing any shows, actually, but then stuff happened with Blink and we got the call. Plus I get to see Foo Fighters.
The Blink tour was cool. It’s crazy when a band you’ve listened to since high school literally calls you up and asks you to tour. You’re right, we don’t really have much in common musically, but that was kind of the point. When Blink proposed the tour to us they said they wanted a very diverse bill and that was a big draw for us. There’s no point in preaching to the choir, y’know? It’s fun to have a challenge and to play to an audience that normally wouldn’t come out to see your band. It keeps you on your toes as a player and hopefully exposes people to new bands and styles of music.