For Action Cat, his first proper solo single release, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way has really carried on where that band left off with a song that evokes much of the feel of their final album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys.
What we get here is a slice of pounding pop-rock with something of a melancholy air floating not far in the background.
For three minutes punk-lite guitars mix with vocal harmonies galore, with a bit of glam thrown in, that brings to mind Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na) and Vampire Money from the aforementioned MCR effort with a bit of that album’s The Kids From Yesterday.
The melancholy really comes in the lyrics that, while delivered with a shiny pop sheen, deal with Gerard’s seemingly ever-present concerns surrounding relationships. Thematically this is nothing too inspiring but is something that has always proven a winner with the My Chemical Romance audience and, speaking as a member of that audience, it hits the spot again here.
Aside from comparisons to his past work, of which this is a clear continuation, there is something here that brings to mind the likes of The Wildhearts, just with a bit less of their scuzzy edge, particularly in terms of the guitar and vocal harmonies Action Cat has going on.
Whether this is something of a stylistic one off for Gerard to bring Danger Days fans into his new material or not remains to be seen, but, on the strength of Action Cat I have suddenly become a lot more hopeful for what is to come.
Anyway, that’s my thoughts, check out the song for yourself: