It's been just over 36 hours since Kerrang.com delivered you the famous last words of My Chemical Romance and all that we have to console us is a brief black blog post on the band's official website and a short tweet from Gerard Way.
Meanwhile, in the time that has passed since the story broke, Twitter has been buzzing with rumours. One rumour in particular however seems to be snowballing; the idea that MCR have 'split' in order to leave their record label, making them free to reform under a different name and continue with the same members and a fresh start.
Whilst there's no concrete evidence or proof for this, and no further official statements have been made to confirm or deny the rumour, we couldn't help but try and put some of the pieces together.
Are we all just in denial? Is this just the wishful thinking of diehard fans or is there really more than meets the eye? Call us K!onspiracy nuts, but let's look at what we know so far...
The black blog post:
Let's face it, a paragraph doesn't seem like a fitting way to call time on a twelve year journey and for one of the biggest bands on the planet to say goodbye. For all we know there may be a bigger statement to follow, but the existing black blog post just seems too abrupt and seems to leave too many things unsaid - it's a gesture bordering on cold and an undeniably abrupt end to something that means so much to so many people.
Houdini and the final tweet:
Gerard Way's final tweet, below, contains a picture of Harry Houdini, the famous escapologist, undertaking a dramatic escape as a publicity stunt. Is this all an elaborate publicity stunt? Could this be a hint that the members of MCR are trying to escape their label?
Is the image a reference to the opening line of the video to I'm Not Okay (I Promise), ["You like D&D, Audrey Hepburn, Fangoria, Harry Houdini, and croquet. You can't swim, can't dance, and you don't know karate. Face it, you're never gonna make it."] - If so what does this mean?
We know for sure that the image appears on the sleeve of the band's first record. Could this be a hint at a rebirth for the band? Whatever the case, like the black blog post, it almost feels too short to be sincere.
Want to know something spooky? Today is Houdini's birthday.
The fifth studio album:
Until the sudden split My Chemical Romance were hard at work on their fifth studio record. How can a band go from sculpting their future to dissolving everything that they have overnight? To us, this just doesn't add up.
The people closest to MCR's reactions:
Lyn-z Way, Gerard's wife published an extended tweet that stated, amongst other things, "I understand the need for change and the desire to begin again" and "The future starts right now. A new adventure is about to take place and I for one will be on that ride!
Who's coming with me?" - if you read this in light of the rumour that MCR are trying to reboot in order to leave their label then this post has some extremely interesting implications.
Then there's the intriguing case of Mat Devine from Kill Hannah's tweet, below. He's a close personal friend of Gerard, is this a sign that there's more to come from MCR? We know that Gerard has been tracking guest vocals for Mat's forthcoming solo album so it may well be a reference to that... or even a hint at a bigger collaboration between Gerard and Mat?
The previous use of alter egos:
My Chem are no newcomers to using alter-egos and pseudonyms. When we saw them in 2006 they announce on the PA that My Chemical Romance would not be performing, and then played under the pseudonym of The Black Parade. Plus on the last record they referred to themselves as The Fabulous Killjoys. Could the abrupt split be little more than a name change? What would happen to the recordings that have been completed for album number five in that were the case?
Frank Iero's new band?:
Finally there's a blog post circulating that states that Frank Iero and James Dewees of The Get Up Kids are starting a new electronic hardcore band. What impact will this have on MCR?
All we have right now is speculation and questions, but make sure to keep your eyes on Kerrang.com for more updates and all the latest facts as we get them.
Be sure to add your take on these clues and rumours below. Is there more to come from the members of My Chemical Romance?