My Chemical Romance

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My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance in concert
Background information
Origin Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Genres Alternative rock, pop punk, post-hardcore (early)
Years active 2001-2013
Labels Reprise Records, Eyeball Records
Members
Gerard Way
Ray Toro
Frank Iero
Mikey Way
Past members
Matt Pelissier
Bob Bryar

My Chemical Romance was a post-hardcore and alternative rock band from New Jersey. This band was started in 2001 by Gerard Way. They released their first album in 2002. The band has released four albums to date. The band consisted of Gerard Way (lead vocals), Ray Toro (lead guitar / vocals), Mikey Way (bass guitar), and Frank Iero (rhythm guitar / vocals). The band announced that they were breaking up on March 22, 2013.[1]

History[change | change source]

The band was started by Gerard Way on the day of the September 11, 2001 attacks after he was on his way to work in New York and saw the bodies falling from the building. He thought to himself "what am I doing with my life? I'm slaving away doing drawings for Cartoon Network and not actually helping anybody", he then called up his friend Matt Pelissier who went on to recruit Ray Toro - the band's lead guitarist. Gerard said "there's nobody in New Jersey who can beat him, he is the best". Gerard's brother Mikey Way, bass guitarist, joined his brother's new band soon after.

Progression[change | change source]

In May 2002, Frank Iero joined as the rhythm guitarist for the band. He was more than happy to leave college against his parents wishes to join his favourite band, and whilst MCR were on tour, he got a tattoo of a scorpion as high up on his neck as he could get it, so he could not get a job.

In 2004, Pelissier was kicked out of the band so he could be replaced by Bob Bryar - a sound technician for The Used and Thursday at the time.

Name[change | change source]

The name of the band comes from an Irvine Welsh book titled "Ecstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance" which caught Mikey Way's eye when he was working in Barnes & Noble.

Musical style and influences[change | change source]

The band during the Big Day Out in 2007 February

My Chemical Romance's normal style has been categorized as "alternative rock",[2][3] "post-hardcore",[2] "punk revival",[2] "pop punk"[2] and, most controversially, "emo".[2][4][5] The band's official website describes their music as simply "rock" or "violent, dangerous pop".[6] Band frontman Gerard Way has publicly rejected the term "emo", describing the genre as "fucking garbage".[7][8] However, Way has reportedly also described the band's style as "What-else-ya-got-emo".[9] Way said to Rolling Stone, "We love bands like Queen, where it's huge and majestic, but also bands like Black Flag and the Misfits, who would go absolutely crazy." Lead singer Gerard Way has stated that the band is very influenced by The Cure, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Siouxsie and the Banshees, and The Smiths/Morrisey.[10] Way has also said that his band patterns their career after that of The Smashing Pumpkins, another band they like.[11] The band's overall influences are:[12]Black Flag, Iron Maiden, The Misfits, Morrisey/The Smiths, At the Gates, The Cure, The Descendents, Pantera, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Bon Jovi, The Damned, Fugazi, Ministry, New York Dolls, Nirvana, Queen, Sunny Day Real Estate, Green Day, Joy Division, Kill Creek, AFI, Cursive, and Alkaline Trio. Growing up, they were also very influenced by horror films and comic books, and therefore their music, lyrics, and image all have overt elements of fantasy, horror, and theatricality.[13]

Albums[change | change source]

I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love[change | change source]

The band released their first album on July 23 2002. It was titled I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. The album featured the first song written by the band, Skylines And Turnstiles, which Gerard began to write after the 9/11 attacks, in 2001.

Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge[change | change source]

The second album by My Chemical Romance,Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, was the album that shot them to fame with songs like "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" and "Helena" (A song written about the Way brothers' grandmother, Elena. Her friends called her Helen, and Gerard thought of her as Helena). It was released in June 2004. Over two million copies of the album have been sold in the United States. The album contained a lot about death, dying and killing, but also showed the better sides of the matter.

During 2004, drummer Matt Pelissier left the band.

The Black Parade[change | change source]

Their third album titled The Black Parade was released on October 23rd 2006. The album sold more than 240,000 copies in the first week after it was released. It has sold over 1 million copies in total. The first single taken from The Black Parade called Welcome to the Black Parade reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No.1 in the UK charts for two weeks. The band has commented in the past about the album, saying that The Black Parade is like a different band performing in a different 'world', and once that's over, My Chemical Romance will never be The Black Parade again. The album largely focuses on one character, The Patient, but also consists of songs and lyrics about different subjects and aspects of life and death. At the end of the CD, there is an extra track called Blood which plays over a minute and a half later.

Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys[change | change source]

MCR's newest album was released on November 22, 2010. The original album was scrapped by the band due to their dislike and disappointment in it, and their second effort became what is now Danger Days. The band was halfway through making it when Bob Bryar suddenly left the band, which resulted in restarting the record. The record has spawned a tour called the World Contamination Tour, which is set to play through at least May 2011. MCR also went out on the Honda Civic tour 2011 with Blink 182. The band was using Michael Pedicone as a touring drummer to replace Bob Bryar. Pedicone was caught red handed stealing from My Chemical Romance. This resulted in him being kicked out, and replaced with Jarrod Alexander for the remainder of the Honda Civic Tour (2011). In the show after they kicked Pedicone out, Frank Iero replaced his signature 'trust me' in I'm Not Okay to 'trust no one.' It is rumored that Iero and Pedicone were good friends. This album is radically different from Black Parade as the band has departed a bit from the dark themes of before and is infused with more pop influenced sounds and color. Set in California in the year 2019, a group of rebels called the Killjoys are rebelling against a dictator-like corporation called Better Living Industries.

Band members[change | change source]

Current members[change | change source]

  • Gerard Way - lead vocals (since 2001)
  • Ray Toro - lead guitar (since 2001)
  • Frank Iero - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (since 2002)
  • Mikey Way - Bass (since 2001)
  • James Dewees - Keyboards, synthesizers, percussion (touring member since 2006)
  • Jarrod Alexander - drums (touring member since 2011)

Past members[change | change source]

  • Matt Pelissier - drums (2001-2004)
  • Bob Bryar - drums (2004 -2010)
  • Mike Pedicone - drums (touring member 2010-2011)

Discography[change | change source]

Studio albums
  • I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love (July 23, 2002)
  • Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge (June 8, 2004)
  • The Black Parade (October 23, 2006)
  • Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys (November 19, 2010)
  • Conventional Weapons (October 31, 2012 - February 5, 2013)
Demos
  • Dreams Of Stabbing And/Or Being Stabbed (December 2001)
Live albums
  • Life On the Murder Scene (March 21, 2006)
  • The Black Parade Is Dead! (June 30, 2008)
EPs
  • Like Phantoms Forever (August 2002)
  • Warped Tour (July 19, 2005)
  • Live & Rare (December 19, 2007)
  • The Black Parade: The B-Sides) (February 3, 2009)
  • The Mad Gear and Missile Kid (November 22, 2010)
  • iTunes Festival (July 18, 2011)

References[change | change source]

  1. "My Chemical Romance". mychemicalromance.com. http://www.mychemicalromance.com/blog/mcr/my-chemical-romance. Retrieved 2013-03-23.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "My Chemical Romance". Allmusic. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/p533805.
  3. My Chemical Romance biography at Yahoo! Music
  4. "MTVNews.com: My Chemical Romance: They're Okay (Promise)". Mtv.com. 2006-03-09. http://www.mtv.com/bands/m/my_chemical_romance/news_feature_022805/. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  5. "MTV News RAW Presents: A Night At The Opera With My Chemical Romance". Mtv.com. 2006-03-09. http://www.mtv.com/bands/m/my_chemical_romance/news_feature_102306/index5.jhtml. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  6. Official website's band biography, accessed September 15, 2006.
  7. "My Chemical Romance brand emo 'shit'". NME. http://www.nme.com/news/my-chemical-romance/31256. ""I think emo's a pile of shit... I think emo is fucking garbage – it’s bullshit.""
  8. "I don't think Emo ever fit us ... even in the beginning ... maybe geographically but at that time, when we would play VFW halls...we were always odd man out". music.aol.com. http://music.aol.com/artists/aim_celebrity_interview/my_chemical_romance.
  9. "Orange Amps". orangeamps.com. http://www.orangeamps.com/artists.asp?Action=View&ID=319. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  10. http://www.mtv.com/videos/shows/subterranean/108030/gerard-way-tells-about-my-chemical-romances-influences.jhtml
  11. Tyme, Gwyn (2005-05-05). "My Chemical Romance—Interview with Gerard Way". MusicPix.net. http://www.musicpix.net/home/content/my-chemical-romance-interview-gerard-way-live-photos. Retrieved 2006-11-05.
  12. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/my-chemical-romance-p533805
  13. "My Chemical Romance guitar chords, guitar tabs and lyrics - chordie". chordie.com. http://www.chordie.com/song.php/songartist/My+Chemical+Romance/. Retrieved 23 December 2010.

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