Forming The Band
I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love
Lyrically, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love is as dark as it is introspective and cathartic. Gerard 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. The 2002 album release included Gerard and Matt’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”.
Signing To a Major Label
The Rise And Fall
In mid 2004 Matt was kicked out of the band to be replaced by Bob Bryar, who was working as a sound engineer on tour with The Used when the offer was put out for him to join the band. Bob replaced Matt and is the current drummer in the band.
Life On The Murder Scene
Album Number Three
As a whole The Black Parade was a concept album which followed the story of a character called ‘The Patient’, who is dying tragically young from cancer. The album follows the characters reflections on, and passage out of his life. When the patient is dying death comes for him in the form of a Black Parade. The concept of a Black Parade was influenced by one of Gerard’s childhood memories,
“I have a really strong memory of my dad taking me and Mikey to a parade. I remember the big inflatable balloons, even the ones of cartoon characters I loved, were so imposing. So I wouldn’t say that was my happiest memory, but there’s something really cultural about a parade, which is why it became the perfect vehicle. It could represent a funeral procession, or the Day of the Dead or a celebration. For the album’s character, it’s what he wants death to be.”
Gerard Way – Rolling Stone magazine, November 30th, 2006
The Black Parade Is Dead
The song showcased the fast, punk-rock sound that had not being heard since Revenge and Bullets.
Fourth Studio Album
On Wednesday 27th May 2009, the bands web designer Jeff Watson announced that they were heading back into the studio to record their fourth full-length album. The album was recorded in Los Angles with producer Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with AC/DC, Mastodon, and Pearl Jam.
In various interviews, Gerard has said that the sound of the next album will be dark, raw and sounding more like a live band. It is most likely that it will sound closer to a mix of the groups first two albums, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love and Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge.
During the album recording guitarist Ray Toro kept fans up to date with the process on the official website. He posted various updates including studio pictures and an MP3 audio update.
The album is expected to be released in late 2009 or early 2010.
The only live performance during the album recording process was when the band headlined the Summer Sonic festival in Tokyo, Japan on Friday 7th August. This was the groups first time headlining the festival, although having performed there previously in 2004 and 2006.
On Thursday 28th July 2009 MyChemicalRomance.com was temporarily taken offline with the title “Change in Progress” and the message:
My Chemical Romance will be right back
In July the band announced two concerts for July 31st and August 1st. These would be the first shows since playing Madison Square Garden, back in May 2008. Mikey left a twitter message about the shows:
From the sound of practice last night, tonight shall be legendary. I miss you crazy fuckers! Let’s do this.
Mikey Way – 31st July 2009 – Twitter.com
Lindsay Way mentioned on her twitter account how excited she was about the shows:
@mikeyway very, very, VERY excited about the show tonight!
Lindsay Way – 31st July 2009 – Twitter.com
A fan (@brandyway) asked Lindsay if Bandit would be going to the show, to which she replied:
@brandyway nah, does not like rock shows. thinks they are too pedestrian. whatever that means…
Lindsay Way – 31st July 2009 – Twitter.com
“As of 4 weeks ago, My Chemical Romance and Bob Bryar parted ways. This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you all to do the same.”
Frank Iero – March 3rd 2009 – MyChemicalRomance.com
Many gossip sites reported that an arguement between Bob and the rest of the band had taken place, resulting in Bob’s departure. The band have not yet disclosed the reason why.