Music / My Chemical Romance

I am not afraid to walk this world alone.

An American alternative rock band, often used as a prime example of the emo genre (but don't tell them that— also, that's not a bad thing). Their music is best described as a mixture of Post-Hardcore, Pop Punk accessibility, horror-punk influenced lyrics and stylings, and a heaping dose of over the top theatrics and album rock storytelling straight out of the 1970's (all of this presented with the look of a Goth Rock band). They formed in New Jersey around late 2001 with their first song, "Skylines and Turnstiles." The band claims that the theme and style of their music was initially inspired by their feelings during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The band has a notoriously bad Broken Base and a very Unpleasable Fanbase, rampant with Fan Dumb and Hate Dumb. Enter at your own risk, but don't let that distract from the crazy-awesome music.

They released their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002, combining elements of Hardcore Punk, Post-Hardcore, and Emo. Its lead single "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" became a hit on college radio.

Their 2004 sophomore album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge proved to be their breakthrough release, spurred on by the success of the singles "Helena" and "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)". It is now viewed as a key album of the early 2000s Emo scene with its theatrical sound, gothic aesthetics, and powerful mix of post-hardcore aggression and strongly crafted songs.

In 2006, drawing on their love of Pink Floyd's progressive rock and glam rock bands such as Queen and T.Rex, they combined these influences with their old post-hardcore sound to create what is considered their defining work, titled The Black Parade. While most popular rock bands in 2006 were focused on being raw and garage influenced, The Black Parade was intentionally bombastic and excessive, reflecting the 70s rock bands that Gerard Way loved and the hip, indie establishment treated with disdain. Throw in its rock opera storyline of a dying cancer patient and his experiences in the afterlife and you have a 1970s album brought to life in the twenty-first century. The album proved to be a critical and commercial success, with several review sites and magazines placing it as one of the best albums of the decade.

Their final album, 2010's Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys divided the fanbase with its lighter sound and design, but don't put too much stock in Fan Dumb. Other fans consider it an excellent album in its own right. Its sound is influenced by indie rock, dance-rock, pop punk, and Stooges era Garage rock. It also features a storyline, but this one is more frantic, enthusiastic, and exuberant than the morbid tragedy of the last.

The band has officially broken up as of March 22, 2013. Later confirmed by Gerard, the band is going their separate ways.

Please don't confuse them with My Bloody Valentine, who are a British Shoegazing band who similarly have nothing to do with them, though Gerard admits inspired the "My" in their band name (the Chemical Romance part is a quote from the back of an Irvine Welsh novel).

Members were:
  • Gerard Way, lead singer.
  • Ray Toro, lead guitar, backing vocals.
  • Frank Iero, rhythm guitar.
  • Mikey Way, bass.
  • For the last couple of years, there was no permanent drummer (originally Matt Pelissier, then Bob Bryar, then Michael Pedicone as a touring drummer until September 2, 2011, whose replacement was Jarrod Alexander for the remainder of the band's run).
  • James Dewees joined as the band's keyboardist on their final album.


Documentaries/Live Concerts
  • Life on the Murder Scene (2006)
  • The Black Parade is Dead (2008)

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So long, and goodnight.