My Chemical Romance is an American rock band from New Jersey, formed in 2001. The band
consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way, guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero, and bassist Mikey Way.
The band announced its break-up on March 22, 2013, one month after the final release
in the Conventional Weapons series.
Jersey City, New Jersey, US
Emo, pop punk, post-hardcore
Pencey Prep, Leathermouth, Death Spells, Revenir
In a 2007 interview singer Gerard Way explains the name:
"Well, actually the Scottish author Irvine Welsh, who wrote Trainspotting, wrote a book called Ecstasy,
and the subtitle of the book is Three Tales of Chemical Romance. Now, me and my brother were working at
a bookstore part-time when we started the band, the total story of just slugging it out at the job all day,
and then going to practice at night.
It was really our lives at that point, and all we had going on was the band.
So Mikey had found this book, Ecstasy, and in it he saw that phrase. It was very relevant to what was going
on in our lives, because we were kind of barhopping and doing that thing where you're in your twenties
and you're just kind of aimless and drunk all the time. There was just this kind of romance of it."
Thursday, Iron Maiden, the Smiths, The Cure and the Misfits.
Gerard Way -
Ray Toro -
lead guitar, backing vocals
Mikey Way -
Frank Iero -
rhythm guitar, backing vocals
James Dewees -
keyboards, percussion, backing vocals
Matt Pelissier -
Bob Bryar -
formed by frontman Gerard Way and ex-drummer Matt Pelissier in 2001
"Helena" From the Album "Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge"
My Chemical Romance Quotes
Oh wow! Personally, ever since I was in bands at thirteen I tried to do battle of the bands... play Warped Tour and things like that. I never actually won any of the battle of the bands but it's a dream come true to be on Warped. It really is! It's unlike any other tour we've been on and you can't prepare for it in any way. But it's definitely a dream come true to play with some of my favorite bands of all time.
We can't really write songs that sound alike. We like to capture moods and you can definitely pinpoint those moods. You can say this is the same kind of mood or feel. We like to explore themes and moods but style is something we can't live with ourselves doing over and over. And if that means we run out of material eventually then that's fine because you'll never get something twice from us.
Yeah, if we died I feel like we would find each other and just start over
No. Really, I would do what I did when I dressed in drag this one time before. I went to school in drag, in art school and my day was completely different because everybody thought I was a chick.
See here's the thing... [Turns to Gerard] Before you say anything... think about what you were going to say because I want to say something about karma.
Here's the thing about karma. 'Oh if you don't do this,' something bad is going to happen but who's the one striking down on people? Somebody needs to do that. So if we're the ones to serve the revenge that's fine by me. Maybe we're just the angels of death?
I write them where ever I may happen to be when I get hit with inspiration. A lot of times I just make notes of sentences. What I usually do is write paragraphs of free style, just really descriptive phrases and I'll draw upon those phrases later. Just simple descriptives and adjectives and things like that. Things that sound good together, that look good together, sound and make the picture look good. But I mainly just free style. I try to get the sound before I get the lyrics 'cause even though lyrics are the important thing, the most important thing is the sound that you are communicating. 'Cause like as human beings or animals, that's the first thing you respond to emotionally is the sound. So.. I try to get those first.
Punk is something that you believe in not really dictated to you by something else. It's not a fashion style.
My Chemical Romance Awards
MTV Italy's TRL Award Best Band
Kerrang Award Best International Band
MTV Video Music Award Japan for Best Rock Video "Welcome to the Black Parade" -
Much Music Video Award for Peoples Choice: Favorite International Group Welcome To The Black Parade
Much Music Video Award for Best International Group Video Welcome to the Black Parade
Shockwaves NME Award Best International Band
Hungarian Music Award for modern rock album "The Black Parade"
Kerrang! Award for Best Band On The Planet
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Best Rock Artist International
Kerrang! Award for Best Video: "Helena"
Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica Best New Artist International
Kerrang! Award for Best Album: for "Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge"
MTVu Woodie of the Year Award for "Helena"