Alternative rock band My Chemical Romance brought a close to its twelve-year run. The band, originally from Newark, New Jersey, released the news last Friday on their website. After a decade of countless tours, four albums and a lot of inspiration, the band has decided it’s time to part ways.
“We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible,” the band announced on their website. “We’ve shared the stage with people we admire, people we look up to, and best of all, our friends. And now, like all great things, it has come time for it to end. Thanks for all of your support, and for being part of the adventure.”
It was in 2001 that lead singer, Gerard Way started the five-man rock band. The tragic events of 9/11 seemingly sparked something in Way that made him want to change the world. The best way he thought to do it was by starting a band. Having been influenced in major ways by music himself, he chose to share that passion with the world by doing something that he truly believed in.
Releasing their first album “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love” in 2002, the band didn’t gain overnight success like many of the one-hit wonders we see today. They had a rough and slow start, but finally raked in fans when releasing their sophomore album, “Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge,” in 2004, which sold over 1.4 million copies. The song “Helena” on “Three Cheers” was the most popular song on the album. Way composed it to honor his grandmother, who had passed away. “The Black Parade,” their third album, was a huge breakthrough for the band. It brought in fans from all over the world, especially in Europe, and sold 2 million copies. In 2010 they released their final album “Danger Days, the Fabulous Lives of the Killjoys.” Though it wasn’t as popular as “The Black Parade,” it was truly something else. “Danger Days” was more of a production put on than an album. It was the story of the band changing into heroes and fighting crime in a post-apocalyptic world. He even died his hair red to fit the theme of an almost comic book-like production that was within the album.
All four of the albums were created with completely different sounds. Way explains that he didn’t want the band to be stuck with one label. By doing this, it also showed that the band was truly expressing emotion through their music. They didn’t stick with just alternative-rock but also threw in sounds of electronic and punk-pop as well.
My Chemical Romance was known to be dramatic and created large concepts behind their music, and they did everything they could to blend artwork into it as well. It was complex and full of meaning, which reached out to countless fans. Many even said it changed their lives for the better. Social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook are still raging with fans expressing their sorrow of the band’s emotional break-up. “Beyond any sadness, what I feel most is pride,” wrote Way last Friday on his Twitter account.