My Chemical Romance Bio
Based in New Jersey, My Chemical
Romance is an alternative pop/rock and punk-pop band that has been compared to Thursday and, to a lesser degree, Cursive.
Many of their songs are loud, fast, hyper, and aggressive, but My Chemical Romance's work also tends to be melodic and pop-minded.
My Chemical Romance got started in the early 2000s, when lead singer Gerard Way and drummer Matt Pelissier decided to try
writing some songs together. The first tune that Way and Pelissier -- who had been friends since high school -- came up with
was called "Skylines and Turnstiles" (a title reflecting the fact that Way had been working in New York City, where he was
in the animation field). Way and Pelissier both felt good about the song, and Way asked guitarist Ray Toto if he would be
interested in working with them. My Chemical Romance's five-man lineup was complete when Way, Pelissier, and Toto joined forces
with bassist Mikey Way (Gerard Way's brother) and guitarist Frank Iero. With that lineup in place, the band started playing
all around the Northeast Corridor and made plans to begin working on its first album.
In 2002, Eyeball Records (the
New York-based indie that Thursday had recorded for) released My Chemical Romance's debut album, I Brought You My Bullets,
You Brought Me Your Love. The album was often compared to Thursday -- a comparison that, for various reasons, was inevitable
and unavoidable. Both bands were from New Jersey, both had recorded for Eyeball, and both combined punk-pop's musical aggression
with introspective, confessional lyrics. Plus, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love was produced by Geoff Rickly,
Thursday's lead singer -- add all of those things up, and there was no way that My Chemical Romance was going to escape Thursday
comparisons. But Thursday isn't their only influence; reviewers have cited the Smiths, Morrissey, the Cure, and the Misfits
as influences. And Way has even cited British heavy metal icons Iron Maiden as an influence.
Lyrically, I Brought
You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is as dark as it is introspective and cathartic; Way has been quoted as saying that
the band's lyrics were a great way for him to deal with the problems he had been going through (which included severe depression
and a serious illness in his family). The 2002 release included Way and Pelissier's first song, "Skylines and Turnstiles,"
and many of the album's other song titles were equally intriguing, including "Honey, This Mirror Isn't Big Enough for the
Two of Us," "Drowning Lessons," "Headfirst for Halos," "Our Lady of Sorrows," and "Vampires Will Never Hurt You." In 2003,
My Chemical Romance signed with Reprise/Warner Bros. and released Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge one year later. ~ Alex Henderson,
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