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God, Monster, and Movies: INTERNATIONAL INTERNATIONAL SAN DIEGO AN DIE ECON CONCON CON INTERNA INTER INTERNATIONAL 1N DIEG0 OIEGO SAN DIEGO CON OUG NO CON DIEGO CON INTERNATIONAL ONAL INTERNATIONAL IN E WATIONAL TERNATIONA SAN DIEGO CON SAN OIEG0 0 93 eONCON CO SAN OIEG N OIEG CO INTERNATIO COMICE CO OM feministscoundrel: This photo means a lot to me. And I’ll tell you why.  Natalie Portman, as we know, was shut out of Marvel. She chose not to sign any new contract not just because of the way her character was treated (though there is that) but because Thor: The Dark World was slated to be the first Marvel movie directed by a woman, her friend (and eventual Wonder Woman director) Patty Jenkins. Portman hadn’t planned on being in The Dark World, but lept at the chance to be a part of feminist history and to be directed in what would have beenJenkin’s first film since her 2003 Oscar-winning Monster. Portman signed a new contract with Marvel. They fired Jenkins soon after. Portman was crushed because she essentially had been duped into a contract for a film that would keep her away from her young son and force her back into a one-dimensional role under yet another male director. And we all remember how awful that movie was.  When it came time for the third Thor movie, they tried to get Portman under contract again. And she said no. Marvel decided to spin the story to make it seem like it was all their idea. At first, they went for the lame and nonsensical:  When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about why she wouldn’t be in the third film, and said there were “many reasons, many of which are in the film, so you will see that” continuing with “There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 95 percent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos.” (x) Seeing as The Dark World also took place in space, this answer didn’t have a lot of credibility. When Portman said she was “done” with the Marvel Universe, Feige got vicious in interviews, telling reporters that Valkyrie was in Ragnorak to be better than Jane Foster and a better match for Thor.  “We wanted Thor to encounter somebody that was near his equal and that his relationship with Jane may have evolved in unexpected ways in between The Dark World and Ragnarok, and we wanted to pit him against a character who was much more his equal and in many ways his superior.” (x) Feige implies that A) Valkyrie was in Ragnorak just to be a romantic interest for Thor, B) Valkyrie is better and more powerful than Jane Foster, and C) Jane Foster was always Thor’s inferior.  What’s ridiculous is that Ragnorak had a “sorry Jane dumped you” throwaway line to explain Portman’s absence. And instead of saying that Jane and Thor broke up in interviews, a line that does not spoil literally anything about the film, Feige chose to attack Jane’s strength and capability, which would have been a very special dig at Portman.  Do you want to know what none of this sounds like? Taika Waititi’s opinion. Waititi is a master storyteller who does not sacrifice his feminist views for laughs. You can bet that Feige’s ridiculous slams on Portman and her character Jane– disguised as “promotion” for WAITITI’S FILM– would have troubled him immensely. This is a man with a Māori father, who had to use his mother’s maiden name– Cohen– for earlier work because an indigenous last name kept him away from opportunity. This man does NOT fuck around with entertainment that gets its power off of sexism and inequality. He knows from experience just how infuriating it is when it comes to directors missing out on opportunities because they aren’t a white man.  So how does he fix this? How does he fix the idea that Jane Foster can’t go to space, or that she’s not powerful enough for Thor, the god of thunder?  He makes her Thor.  Waititi saw Portman / Jane Foster’s name dragged through the mud by Kevin Feige in order to promote his movie, and when he got hired to direct again, he decided to right those wrongs. This picture means everything. He is on his knee, handing her Thor’s hammer, essentially saying, you will never have to go through that shit with me. With me, you’re a god. And the expression on her face, after Marvel attempted to break her, doesn’t need words.  What a photo. What a film. What a man. 
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feministscoundrel:

This photo means a lot to me. And I’ll tell you why. 
Natalie Portman, as we know, was shut out of Marvel. She chose not to sign any new contract not just because of the way her character was treated (though there is that) but because Thor: The Dark World was slated to be the first Marvel movie directed by a woman, her friend (and eventual Wonder Woman director) Patty Jenkins. Portman hadn’t planned on being in The Dark World, but lept at the chance to be a part of feminist history and to be directed in what would have beenJenkin’s first film since her 2003 Oscar-winning Monster. Portman signed a new contract with Marvel. They fired Jenkins soon after. Portman was crushed because she essentially had been duped into a contract for a film that would keep her away from her young son and force her back into a one-dimensional role under yet another male director. And we all remember how awful that movie was. 
When it came time for the third Thor movie, they tried to get Portman under contract again. And she said no. Marvel decided to spin the story to make it seem like it was all their idea. At first, they went for the lame and nonsensical: 
When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about why she wouldn’t be in the third film, and said there were “many reasons, many of which are in the film, so you will see that” continuing with “There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 95 percent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos.” (x)
Seeing as The Dark World also took place in space, this answer didn’t have a lot of credibility. When Portman said she was “done” with the Marvel Universe, Feige got vicious in interviews, telling reporters that Valkyrie was in Ragnorak to be better than Jane Foster and a better match for Thor. 
“We wanted Thor to encounter somebody that was near his equal and that his relationship with Jane may have evolved in unexpected ways in between The Dark World and Ragnarok, and we wanted to pit him against a character who was much more his equal and in many ways his superior.” (x)
Feige implies that A) Valkyrie was in Ragnorak just to be a romantic interest for Thor, B) Valkyrie is better and more powerful than Jane Foster, and C) Jane Foster was always Thor’s inferior. 
What’s ridiculous is that Ragnorak had a “sorry Jane dumped you” throwaway line to explain Portman’s absence. And instead of saying that Jane and Thor broke up in interviews, a line that does not spoil literally anything about the film, Feige chose to attack Jane’s strength and capability, which would have been a very special dig at Portman. 
Do you want to know what none of this sounds like? Taika Waititi’s opinion. Waititi is a master storyteller who does not sacrifice his feminist views for laughs. You can bet that Feige’s ridiculous slams on Portman and her character Jane– disguised as “promotion” for WAITITI’S FILM– would have troubled him immensely. This is a man with a Māori father, who had to use his mother’s maiden name– Cohen– for earlier work because an indigenous last name kept him away from opportunity. This man does NOT fuck around with entertainment that gets its power off of sexism and inequality. He knows from experience just how infuriating it is when it comes to directors missing out on opportunities because they aren’t a white man. 
So how does he fix this? How does he fix the idea that Jane Foster can’t go to space, or that she’s not powerful enough for Thor, the god of thunder? 
He makes her Thor. 
Waititi saw Portman / Jane Foster’s name dragged through the mud by Kevin Feige in order to promote his movie, and when he got hired to direct again, he decided to right those wrongs. This picture means everything. He is on his knee, handing her Thor’s hammer, essentially saying, you will never have to go through that shit with me. With me, you’re a god. And the expression on her face, after Marvel attempted to break her, doesn’t need words. 
What a photo. What a film. What a man. 

feministscoundrel: This photo means a lot to me. And I’ll tell you why.  Natalie Portman, as we know, was shut out of Marvel. She chose not...

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feministscoundrel:
This photo means a lot to me. And I’ll tell you why. 
Natalie Portman, as we know, was shut out of Marvel. She chose not to sign any new contract not just because of the way her character was treated (though there is that) but because Thor: The Dark World was slated to be the first Marvel movie directed by a woman, her friend (and eventual Wonder Woman director) Patty Jenkins. Portman hadn’t planned on being in The Dark World, but lept at the chance to be a part of feminist history and to be directed in what would have beenJenkin’s first film since her 2003 Oscar-winning Monster. Portman signed a new contract with Marvel. They fired Jenkins soon after. Portman was crushed because she essentially had been duped into a contract for a film that would keep her away from her young son and force her back into a one-dimensional role under yet another male director. And we all remember how awful that movie was. 
When it came time for the third Thor movie, they tried to get Portman under contract again. And she said no. Marvel decided to spin the story to make it seem like it was all their idea. At first, they went for the lame and nonsensical: 
When Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige was asked about why she wouldn’t be in the third film, and said there were “many reasons, many of which are in the film, so you will see that” continuing with “There are only a couple of scenes on Earth in this movie. The majority, 95 percent of the movie, takes place in the cosmos.” (x)
Seeing as The Dark World also took place in space, this answer didn’t have a lot of credibility. When Portman said she was “done” with the Marvel Universe, Feige got vicious in interviews, telling reporters that Valkyrie was in Ragnorak to be better than Jane Foster and a better match for Thor. 
“We wanted Thor to encounter somebody that was near his equal and that his relationship with Jane may have evolved in unexpected ways in between The Dark World and Ragnarok, and we wanted to pit him against a character who was much more his equal and in many ways his superior.” (x)
Feige implies that A) Valkyrie was in Ragnorak to be a romantic interest for Thor, B) Valkyrie is better and more powerful than Jane Foster, and C) Jane Foster was always Thor’s inferior. 
What’s ridiculous is that Ragnorak had a “sorry Jane dumped you” throwaway line to explain Portman’s absence. And instead of saying that Jane and Thor broke up in interviews, a line that does not spoil literally anything about the film, Feige chose to attack Jane’s strength and capability, which would have been a very special dig at Portman. 
Do you want to know what none of this sounds like? Taika Waititi’s opinion. Waititi is a master storyteller who does not sacrifice his feminist views for laughs. You can bet that Feige’s ridiculous slams on Portman and her character Jane– disguised as “promotion” for WAITITI’S FILM– would have troubled him immensely. This is a man with a Māori father, who had to use his mother’s maiden name– Cohen– for earlier work because an indigenous last name kept him away from opportunity. This man does NOT fuck around with entertainment that gets its power off of sexism and inequality. He knows from experience just how infuriating it is when it comes to directors missing out on opportunities because they aren’t a white man. 
So how does he fix this? How does he fix the idea that Jane Foster can’t go to space, or that she’s not powerful enough for Thor, the god of thunder? 
He makes her Thor. 
Waititi saw Portman / Jane Foster’s name dragged through the mud by Kevin Feige in order to promote his movie, and when he got hired to direct again, he decided to right those wrongs. This picture means everything. He is on his knee, handing her Thor’s hammer, essentially saying, you will never have to go through that shit with me. With me, you’re a god. And the expression on her face, after Marvel attempted to break her, doesn’t need words. 
What a photo. What a film. What a man. 

feministscoundrel: This photo means a lot to me. And I’ll tell you why.  Natalie Portman, as we know, was shut out of Marvel. She chose not ...

Being Alone, Condom, and Confused: Brie @meowmeowmeow07 When I was 17 years old, I had a boyfriend. The second time we ever had sex, he poked a hole into his condom behind my back. This resulted in my pregnancy I was 17 years old. I was terrified. After a store bought pregnancy test showed I was positive I went to my boyfriends 1:41 PM May 15, 2019 Twitter for iPhone 156K Likes 88.7K Retweets Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 Replying to @meowmeowmeow07 screamed with glee and told me that he had intentionally gotten me pregnant so he could "lock me in" because he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me. I was confused & scared. I didn't know how to act. I was 17 years old. My friend urged me to go to a women's clinic (2) 1.4K 16.3K Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 to make sure. Little did we know that this women's clinic" was owned by Christians. They proceeded to tell me that if I killed my baby, l would be a murderer, and murderers go to hell. l was 17 years old My friend took my hand and dragged me out of that clinic (3) 7 1.2K Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 In order for me to get the procedure as a 17 year old without parental consent, I had to go in front of a judge who would grant me my rights to an abortion as long as I wasn't using it as a means for birth control. I was granted my rights, Itook the day off of school and my(4) 1.1 14.8K Brie * @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 friend drove me to the abortion clinic. This procedure took all of 5 minutes. There was no baby to remove and dismantle. There wasn't even a fetus. It was an embryo that took 5 minutes and no blood shed to remove I went home and through confusion, a lot of tears and pure (5) 1.7K 19.7K Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 support from my friend, I tried to continue on with my 17 year old life. Shortly after T had time to think about what had actually happened, broke up with him. He proceeded to pull a knife on me, but he cut his wrists instead He said if he can't have me, he doesn't want (6) 15.8K 5 1.1K Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 to live. I was 17 years old. My parents who found out about my abortion and what he had done to me banned hi m from my house. For 10 years after, he stalked me. He showed up at my work He knew how to get my new cell phone number l constantly had to change because of him. (7) 15.9K 1.2K 6 Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 It was only when the police arrested him for stalking that he left me alone. I thank God everyday that I don't have his child. That he wasn't allowed to "lock me in." He is a psychopath and I would hate myself if I had brought an actual living and breathing child into this (8) 1.7K 8 23.4K Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 world with him as their father, I believe he would have killed us l've never spoken on this publicly. It has caused me pain and embarrassment, but if my story helps one person out there, then that means more to me than my pain. This is bigger than l am. (9) 1.3K 20.6K Brie * @meowmeowmeow07 May 15 To the girls and women in Ohio, Georgia and Alabama and more states to come, I am with you. I will never stop fighting for your rights as a HUMAN. Stay strong and never be ashamed of who you are and what you do with your own body. (10) 221 58.4k 7.7K thatpettyblackgirl: This is so powerful.
Being Alone, Condom, and Confused: Brie
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 boyfriend. The second time we ever
 had sex, he poked a hole into his
 condom behind my back. This
 resulted in my pregnancy
 I was 17 years old. I was terrified. After
 a store bought pregnancy test showed
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 screamed with glee and told me that he had
 intentionally gotten me pregnant so he could
 "lock me in" because he wanted to spend the
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 act. I was 17 years old. My friend urged me to go
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 to make sure. Little did we know that this
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 would be a murderer, and murderers go to hell. l
 was 17 years old
 My friend took my hand and dragged me out of
 that clinic (3)
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 Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15
 In order for me to get the procedure as a 17 year
 old without parental consent, I had to go in front
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 abortion as long as I wasn't using it as a means
 for birth control. I was granted my rights,
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 friend drove me to the abortion clinic. This
 procedure took all of 5 minutes. There was no
 baby to remove and dismantle. There wasn't
 even a fetus. It was an embryo that took 5
 minutes and no blood shed to remove
 I went home and through confusion, a lot of
 tears and pure (5)
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 Brie @meowmeowmeow07 May 15
 support from my friend, I tried to continue on
 with my 17 year old life. Shortly after T had time
 to think about what had actually happened,
 broke up with him. He proceeded to pull a knife
 on me, but he cut his wrists instead
 He said if he can't have me, he doesn't want (6)
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 to live. I was 17 years old. My parents who found
 out about my abortion and what he had done to
 me banned hi
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 It was only when the police arrested him for
 stalking that he left me alone. I thank God
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 more to me than my pain. This is bigger than l
 am. (9)
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 To the girls and women in Ohio, Georgia and
 Alabama and more states to come, I am with
 you. I will never stop fighting for your rights as a
 HUMAN. Stay strong and never be ashamed of
 who you are and what you do with your own
 body. (10)
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thatpettyblackgirl:

This is so powerful.

thatpettyblackgirl: This is so powerful.

Ass, Bad, and Disappointed: LEATHERMOUTH BLUNT # 77 TO BE QUITE FRANK a singer and maybe we'll do a record. So they had a friend they tried out on vocals but it didn't work out because he didn't write any lyrics. So they were just like, "We're probably gonna scrap the band. I was like There's no way you can kill this band!' Iasked them to have one practice with me singing. I convinced them to book a practice studio on a weekend and I wrote a few lyrics and we had a practice and that was it." For a long time LeATHERMOUTH was a studio-only project, recording in lero's basement during times when he wasn't touring the world with The Black Parade. "We recorded everything with me and Rob (Hughes) and couple of other guys. Now it's like two years later and it's just me Rob left. The rest of guys that started the band, a couple went off and started another band, "The world is full of people that are hiding from thestuff that's going on in the world today.I wanted to attack these things head-on."-Frank lero that broke up, some people got married, moved away, whatever. So when we wanted to tour, we recruited James DeWees (Get Up Kids, Reggie & The Full Effect) to play drums, my friend John Maguire to play bass and my other friend, Eddie Auletta, to play guitar." Signed to indie godhead Epitaph/Shock, LeATHER MOUTH will release their debut full-length, XO, this January. Subscribing to an unwavering musical aes thetic of relentless, heavy hardcore punk, XO's lyrical tirades are directed towards everyone from the cops to drug dealers to the government to school bullies. With very little melodic ambition to speak of, lero screams like a man literally bursting with things to say. On the touring side of things, the band completed a mini US tour in September with Reggie & The Full Effect, followed in December by four dates support- ing Mindless Self Indulgence "That was a thing where convenience came into play," lero says of the brief bouts of touring. "My Chem was on tour, so of course my good friend James DeWees was on tour with us, he plays keyboards with My Chem. We were talking about doing other bands and stuff, we'd been practicing on the road and we decided a LeATHERMOUTH tour would be cool. James HOLD ONTO YOUR FRINGES MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE FANS FRANK IERO IS ONE PISSED OFF DUDE AND LEATHERMOUTH IS ONE PISSED-OFF SIDE-PROJECT. BY MATT REEKIE hallenging an audience to think is tanta- mount to commercial suicide in the rock game. So it's a damn lucky thing that shift ing units was the last thing on My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank lero's mind when he conceived LeATHERMOUTH Pissed off at the world and all the evil sons of bitches in it, LeATHERMOUTH is set to inflame debate both musical and political. The group's hardcore punk sound is too brutal and unrelenting to appeal to a mass audience, but that's beside the point as far as My Chem then for one, they would probably be really disappointed and two, very offended. "Another reason I wanted to keep it anonymouUS is because I was a little scared of what people would think. But on the other hand, I don't want to run away from anything or pretend that I didn't say some of the things I've said. The world is full of people that are hid- ing from the stuff that's going on in the world today. wanted to attack these things head-on. People are so PC, parents want to shield their kids' eyes to what's actually going on, and I think that's just adding to the misery that's running rampant in the world today." Formed in New Jersey in 2007 by some friends of lero, including Rob Hughes, LeATHERMOUTH could just as easily have never happened. To hear lero explain the whole story, one starts to understand how much his own personal passion and drive brought the thing to life. Clearly,he needed this outlet "It was actually right before [My Chemical Ro- mance] recorded The Black Parade," he begins. "I was back home, we had taken some time off, and a couple of my friends were thinking of starting a new band. "I remember it like it was yesterday. It was right before we were going to see a movie; we were in the parking lot of the movies and we all crowded into their Volkswagen. They played me this 3 song demo, there were no vocals or anything like that, just simple verse- chorus punk rock, and I was like, Wow, how can I be involved with this band? "I have my record label, Skeleton Crew that Irun with a few friends so I told these guys they should find was going to do a Reggie & The Full Effect tour, so we decided that I'd play in Reggie with him and we'd both do LeATHERMOUTH "We had done a few shows here and there but it never felt real until we did the Reggie & The Full Effect tour. It actually felt like the band was finally doing things after two years of just recording in my basement. All these emotions started to come out and the shows just got better every day. By the time we were like, 'This is turning into something incred- ible,' the tour was over. We were like, "We need to lero is concerned book something else.' But then life comes in and you have to do certain things." These "certain things" for lero include his duties with My Chemical Romance, which will almost certainly ensure that LeATHERMOUTH gigs are fewer and farther between in 2009. It remains to be seen whether the thrashy hardcore sound of LeATHERMOUTH will influence lero's con- tribution to the new MCR album. He's fairly certain it won't, but he's not ruling anything out "That's the thing with My Chem, you never say never because anything can come out.I don't know what will "If I kept this inside any longer, I would probably explode," he says flatly of the project, which features himself on vocals alongside an old Jersey friend, Rob Hughes, on guitar LeATHERMOUTH inhabits a completely different realm to the highly commercial one ruled over by My Chemical Romance. Likewise, it's a long way from the singer/songwriter folk ballads, electronica dabbling, or white boy rap that so often rear their ugly heads when members of popular rock bands embark upon side-projects. LEATHERMOUTH is all about hard, fast LEATHERMOUTH and raw punk rock. "It's not better than My Chem, it's not worse than My Chem, it's just different, and I really feel like I need both," lero states. In an effort to soften the blow for MCR fans, he stresses that the two bands could not be more dissimilar. "Originally I thought maybe l'd keep it completely anonymous. I thought if people would automatically check this out solely because they like ATHEAMAUTH Xo happen. Maybe we'll throw a heavy-ass breakdown on the new record? I'd put my money on no, but you never can tell." B XO is out on January 24th on Epitaph through Shock. demolitonlover: Blunt Magazine, February 2009 (x x) Additional record review which was not scanned and received 8 out of 10:When guitarist for New Jersey pretty boys My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, gets some time away from the band, he likes to relax by getting down in his basement with his other band and screaming till the veins pop out in his forehead. He’s been doing this for the past few years, making recordings with some friends under the banner, LeATHERMOUTH. XO, the full-length debut by the side-project, is brutal hardcore with raw, savage production (it really was recorded in Iero’s basement) and lyrics that are matched for passion and aggression by the guttural delivery. There’s no pop hooks, no emo choruses - nothing to cry over, but plenty to get you fired up. While on one hand it’s sure to attract a lot of curious My Chem fans, mayn of whom are sure to either disappointed or downright frightened, this connection mean it’s also liable to miss its target market slightly due to the fact that regular fans of this type of raging hardcore are sure to be put off by Iero’s day job. Too bad for the snobs who think that way - they’re missing out big time.
Ass, Bad, and Disappointed: LEATHERMOUTH
 BLUNT # 77
 TO BE
 QUITE
 FRANK
 a singer and maybe we'll do a record. So they had a
 friend they tried out on vocals but it didn't work out
 because he didn't write any lyrics. So they were just
 like, "We're probably gonna scrap the band. I was like
 There's no way you can kill this band!' Iasked them to
 have one practice with me singing. I convinced them to
 book a practice studio on a weekend and I wrote a few
 lyrics and we had a practice and that was it."
 For a long time LeATHERMOUTH was a studio-only
 project, recording in lero's basement during times when
 he wasn't touring the world with The Black Parade.
 "We recorded everything with me and Rob (Hughes)
 and couple of other guys. Now it's like two years later
 and it's just me Rob left. The rest of guys that started
 the band, a couple went off and started another band,
 "The world is full of people that
 are hiding from thestuff that's
 going on in the world today.I
 wanted to attack these things
 head-on."-Frank lero
 that broke up, some people got married, moved away,
 whatever. So when we wanted to tour, we recruited
 James DeWees (Get Up Kids, Reggie & The Full Effect)
 to play drums, my friend John Maguire to play bass and
 my other friend, Eddie Auletta, to play guitar."
 Signed to indie godhead Epitaph/Shock, LeATHER
 MOUTH will release their debut full-length, XO, this
 January. Subscribing to an unwavering musical aes
 thetic of relentless, heavy hardcore punk, XO's lyrical
 tirades are directed towards everyone from the cops to
 drug dealers to the government to school bullies. With
 very little melodic ambition to speak of, lero screams
 like a man literally bursting with things to say.
 On the touring side of things, the band completed
 a mini US tour in September with Reggie & The Full
 Effect, followed in December by four dates support-
 ing Mindless Self Indulgence
 "That was a thing where convenience came into
 play," lero says of the brief bouts of touring. "My
 Chem was on tour, so of course my good friend James
 DeWees was on tour with us, he plays keyboards with
 My Chem. We were talking about doing other bands
 and stuff, we'd been practicing on the road and we
 decided a LeATHERMOUTH tour would be cool. James
 HOLD ONTO YOUR FRINGES MY
 CHEMICAL ROMANCE FANS FRANK
 IERO IS ONE PISSED OFF DUDE AND
 LEATHERMOUTH IS ONE PISSED-OFF
 SIDE-PROJECT. BY MATT
 REEKIE
 hallenging an audience to think is tanta-
 mount to commercial suicide in the rock
 game. So it's a damn lucky thing that shift
 ing units was the last thing on My Chemical
 Romance guitarist Frank lero's mind when
 he conceived LeATHERMOUTH
 Pissed off at the world and all the evil sons of
 bitches in it, LeATHERMOUTH is set to inflame debate
 both musical and political. The group's hardcore punk
 sound is too brutal and unrelenting to appeal to a
 mass audience, but that's beside the point as far as
 My Chem then for one, they would probably be really
 disappointed and two, very offended.
 "Another reason I wanted to keep it anonymouUS
 is because I was a little scared of what people would
 think. But on the other hand, I don't want to run away
 from anything or pretend that I didn't say some of the
 things I've said. The world is full of people that are hid-
 ing from the stuff that's going on in the world today.
 wanted to attack these things head-on. People are
 so PC, parents want to shield their kids' eyes to what's
 actually going on, and I think that's just adding to the
 misery that's running rampant in the world today."
 Formed in New Jersey in 2007 by some friends of
 lero, including Rob Hughes, LeATHERMOUTH could just
 as easily have never happened. To hear lero explain the
 whole story, one starts to understand how much his
 own personal passion and drive brought the thing to
 life. Clearly,he needed this outlet
 "It was actually right before [My Chemical Ro-
 mance] recorded The Black Parade," he begins. "I was
 back home, we had taken some time off, and a couple
 of my friends were thinking of starting a new band.
 "I remember it like it was yesterday. It was right
 before we were going to see a movie; we were in the
 parking lot of the movies and we all crowded into their
 Volkswagen. They played me this 3 song demo, there
 were no vocals or anything like that, just simple verse-
 chorus punk rock, and I was like, Wow, how can I be
 involved with this band?
 "I have my record label, Skeleton Crew that Irun
 with a few friends so I told these guys they should find
 was going to do a Reggie & The Full Effect tour, so
 we decided that I'd play in Reggie with him and we'd
 both do LeATHERMOUTH
 "We had done a few shows here and there but
 it never felt real until we did the Reggie & The Full
 Effect tour. It actually felt like the band was finally
 doing things after two years of just recording in my
 basement. All these emotions started to come out
 and the shows just got better every day. By the time
 we were like, 'This is turning into something incred-
 ible,' the tour was over. We were like, "We need to
 lero is concerned
 book something else.' But then life comes in and you
 have to do certain things."
 These "certain things" for lero include his duties
 with My Chemical Romance, which will almost
 certainly ensure that LeATHERMOUTH gigs are fewer
 and farther between in 2009.
 It remains to be seen whether the thrashy hardcore
 sound of LeATHERMOUTH will influence lero's con-
 tribution to the new MCR album. He's fairly certain it
 won't, but he's not ruling
 anything out
 "That's the thing with My
 Chem, you never say never
 because anything can come
 out.I don't know what will
 "If I kept this inside any longer, I would probably
 explode," he says flatly of the project, which features
 himself on vocals alongside an old Jersey friend, Rob
 Hughes, on guitar
 LeATHERMOUTH inhabits a completely different
 realm to the highly commercial one ruled over by My
 Chemical Romance. Likewise, it's a long way from the
 singer/songwriter folk ballads, electronica dabbling,
 or white boy rap that so often rear their ugly heads
 when members of popular rock bands embark upon
 side-projects. LEATHERMOUTH is all about hard, fast
 LEATHERMOUTH
 and raw punk rock.
 "It's not better than My Chem, it's not worse than
 My Chem, it's just different, and I really feel like I need
 both," lero states. In an effort to soften the blow for
 MCR fans, he stresses that the two bands could not be
 more dissimilar. "Originally I thought maybe l'd keep
 it completely anonymous. I thought if people would
 automatically check this out solely because they like
 ATHEAMAUTH
 Xo
 happen. Maybe we'll throw
 a heavy-ass breakdown on
 the new record? I'd put my
 money on no, but you never
 can tell." B
 XO is out on
 January 24th
 on Epitaph
 through Shock.
demolitonlover:

Blunt Magazine, February 2009 (x x)
Additional record review which was not scanned and received 8 out of 10:When guitarist for New Jersey pretty boys My Chemical Romance, Frank Iero, gets some time away from the band, he likes to relax by getting down in his basement with his other band and screaming till the veins pop out in his forehead. He’s been doing this for the past few years, making recordings with some friends under the banner, LeATHERMOUTH. XO, the full-length debut by the side-project, is brutal hardcore with raw, savage production (it really was recorded in Iero’s basement) and lyrics that are matched for passion and aggression by the guttural delivery. There’s no pop hooks, no emo choruses - nothing to cry over, but plenty to get you fired up. While on one hand it’s sure to attract a lot of curious My Chem fans, mayn of whom are sure to either disappointed or downright frightened, this connection mean it’s also liable to miss its target market slightly due to the fact that regular fans of this type of raging hardcore are sure to be put off by Iero’s day job. Too bad for the snobs who think that way - they’re missing out big time.

demolitonlover: Blunt Magazine, February 2009 (x x) Additional record review which was not scanned and received 8 out of 10:When guitarist ...