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My Chemical Romance
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE (often abbreviated as MCR) was an American rock band from Newark, New Jersey , active from 2001 to 2013. The band's best-known lineup consisted of lead vocalist Gerard Way , guitarists Ray Toro and Frank Iero , bassist Mikey Way and drummer Bob Bryar . Founded by Gerard, Mikey, Toro, Matt Pelissier, and later joined by Iero, the band signed to Eyeball Records and released their debut album I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love in 2002. They signed with Reprise Records the next year and released their major label debut Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge in 2004. Shortly after the album's release, Pelissier was replaced by Bob Bryar. A commercial success, the album was awarded platinum status over a year later. The band eclipsed their previous success with their 2006 concept album , The Black Parade , which gained generally favorable reviews among music critics and was certified double platinum in the United Kingdom, the band's first and only double platinum
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Frank Iero
FRANK ANTHONY IERO, JR. (born October 31, 1981) is an American musician who was the rhythm guitarist and backup vocalist of the rock band My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
and post-hardcore band Leathermouth . He has a solo punk rock project titled FRANK IERO AND THE PATIENCE. He released an album under the previous moniker FRNKIERO ANDTHE CELLABRATION titled Stomachaches that was released on August 26, 2014. The first single off the album, called "Weighted", premiered on BBC Radio One on July 8, 2014. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Music career * 2.1 Early bands and Pency Prep (1998–2002) * 2.2 My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
(2002–2013) * 2.3 LeATHERMØUTH, solo and side projects (2007–present) * 3 Equipment * 4 Personal life and political views * 5 Discography * 6 References * 7 External links EARLY LIFEHe was born in Belleville, New Jersey . As a child, he suffered numerous bouts of bronchitis and ear infections, which meant he spent a lot of his childhood in the hospital. Frank is also lactose intolerant and has other various food allergies. He attended a Catholic school as a child
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Mikey Way
MICHAEL JAMES "MIKEY" WAY (born September 10, 1980) is an American musician and is best known as the bassist of the rock band My Chemical Romance . He is also the multi-instrumentalist and backing vocalist of rock duo Electric Century. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Career * 2.1 My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
* 2.2 Electric Century * 2.3 Other musical collaborations * 3 Discography * 4 References * 5 External links EARLY LIFEWay was born September 10, 1980, to Donna Lee Way (née Rush) and Donald Way and is of Scottish and Italian ancestry. He was raised in Belleville, New Jersey alongside his brother Gerard Way
Gerard Way
. Growing up, he worked in a Barnes ">'s "100 Bands You Need To Know" list. The magazine mentioned that "I Lied" "forges an alloy of decades-proven electronic pop " comparing it to fun. and Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots
. Alternative Press also said that the duo's album was finished and awaiting release later that year. The album was recorded and mixed by D. James Goodwin at The Isokon Studio in Woodstock, New York. In November, Way revealed that he had flown in February to the East Coast to complete the album but instead went to rehab
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Gerard Way
GERARD ARTHUR WAY (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released on September 30, 2014. He also wrote the comic mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the Eisner Award -winning comic book The Umbrella Academy . CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Music career * 2.1 2001–2013: My Chemical Romance * 2.2 2014–2016: Hesitant Alien * 2.3 Gerard Way and The Hormones * 2.4 Other musical collaborations * 3 Other ventures * 3.1 1993–present: Writing * 3.2 2001–present: Television * 4 Personal life * 5 Discography * 5.1 My Chemical Romance * 5.2 Solo * 6 Bibliography * 6.1 Story credits * 6.1.1 Series * 6.1.2 Short stories and single issues * 6.2 Interior art credits * 6.3 Cover art credits * 7 References * 8 External links EARLY LIFEWay was born in Summit, New Jersey , on April 9, 1977, the son of Donna Lee (née Rush) and Donald Way. He is of Italian and Scottish ancestry
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Ray Toro
RAYMOND "RAY" TORO (born July 15, 1977) is an American musician who served as lead guitarist and backing vocalist of the band My Chemical Romance until their break-up in 2013. CONTENTS * 1 Early life * 2 Music career * 3 Influences * 4 Personal life * 5 Discography * 5.1 The Rodneys * 5.2 My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
* 5.3 Reggie and the Full Effect
Reggie and the Full Effect
* 5.4 Solo * 6 Production discography * 7 References * 8 Notes * 9 External links EARLY LIFEToro was born July 15, 1977 in Kearny, New Jersey
Kearny, New Jersey
. He is of Puerto Rican/Portuguese heritage. He grew up in a small house on the border between Kearny and Harrison, New Jersey , which he shared with his parents and two brothers. By the time he entered Kearny High School , he had become interested in music. Toro's brother introduced him to several bands whose guitarists influenced him greatly. He enrolled in guitar lessons, as well as typing lessons to improve his manual dexterity. Toro became involved with several local bands, the most successful of which were The Rodneys, who formed in 1994 and released their first and only album "Soccertown USA" in 1998. Future My Chemical Romance drummer Matt Pelissier also played for the band. However, after graduating from high school in 1995, Toro decided on film instead of music
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Newark, New Jersey
NEWARK (/ˈnuː.ərk/ or also locally /nʊərk/ ) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of New Jersey
New Jersey
and the seat of Essex County . As one of the nation's major air, shipping, and rail hubs, the city had a population of 277,140 in 2010, making it the nation\'s 67th most-populous municipality , after being ranked 63rd in the nation in 2000. For 2015, the Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program calculated a population of 281,944, an increase of 1.7% from the 2010 enumeration, ranking the city the 70th largest in the nation. Newark is the second largest city in the New York metropolitan area , located approximately 8 miles (13 km) west of lower Manhattan
Manhattan
. Settled in 1666 by Puritans from New Haven Colony , Newark is one of the oldest European cities in the United States. Its location at the mouth of the Passaic River (where it flows into Newark Bay ), has made the city's waterfront an integral part of the Port of New York and New Jersey . Today, Port Newark-Elizabeth is the primary container shipping terminal of the busiest seaport on the American East Coast . In addition, Newark Liberty International Airport was the first municipal commercial airport in the United States, and today is one of its busiest
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Alternative Rock
ALTERNATIVE ROCK (also called ALTERNATIVE MUSIC, ALT-ROCK or simply ALTERNATIVE) is a style of rock music that emerged from the independent music underground of the 1980s and became widely popular in the 1990s. In this instance, the word "alternative" refers to the genre's distinction from mainstream rock music. The term's original meaning was broader, referring to a generation of musicians unified by their collective debt to either the musical style or simply the independent, DIY ethos of punk rock , which in the late 1970s laid the groundwork for alternative music. At times, "alternative" has been used as a catch-all description for music from underground rock artists that receives mainstream recognition, or for any music, whether rock or not, that is seen to be descended from punk rock (including some examples of punk itself, as well as new wave , and post-punk ). Alternative rock is a broad umbrella term consisting of music that differs greatly in terms of its sound, its social context, and its regional roots. By the end of the 1980s magazines and zines , college radio airplay, and word of mouth had increased the prominence and highlighted the diversity of alternative rock, helping to define a number of distinct styles (and music scenes) such as noise pop , indie rock , grunge , and alternative hip hop
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Emo
EMO /ˈiːmoʊ/ is a loosely categorized rock music genre characterized by expressive, often confessional, lyrics. It emerged as a style of post-hardcore from the mid-1980s hardcore punk movement of Washington, D.C., where it was known as EMOTIONAL HARDCORE or EMOCORE and pioneered by bands such as Rites of Spring and Embrace . However, as emo was echoed by contemporary American punk rock bands, its sound and meaning shifted and changed and it was reinvented as a style of indie rock and pop punk encapsulated in the early 1990s by bands such as Jawbreaker and Sunny Day Real Estate . By the mid-1990s, numerous emo acts formed in the Midwestern and Central United States , and several independent record labels began to specialize in the genre. Meanwhile, a more aggressive style of emo, screamo , had also emerged. Emo broke into mainstream culture in the early 2000s with the platinum-selling success of Jimmy Eat World and Dashboard Confessional . In the wake of this success, many emo bands were signed to major record labels and the style became a marketable product. By the early 2010s, the popularity of emo began to decrease. Some bands moved away from their emo roots and some bands disbanded. An underground "emo revival" emerged in the 2010s, with bands drawing on the sounds and aesthetics of emo of the 1990s and early 2000s
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Pop Punk
POP PUNK (also known as PUNK-POP) is a music genre that fuses elements of punk rock and pop music . It typically combines fast tempos , loud and distorted electric guitars, and power chord changes with pop-influenced melodies, vocal styles, and lyrical themes. Pop-influenced punk rock emerged in the mid-1970s with a music style that was stylistically similar to power pop . By the mid-1980s, several bands merged hardcore punk with pop music to create a new, faster pop punk sound such as Dag Nasty , the Nip Drivers , T.S.O.L. , Social Distortion , and the Descendents . Pop punk
Pop punk
in the United States began to grow in popularity locally in California in the mid-to-late 1980s. Pop punk
Pop punk
particularly thrived in California , where independent record labels adopted a do it yourself (DIY) approach to releasing music. By the mid-1990s, a few pop punk bands had started to sell millions of records and receive extensive radio and television airplay. By 1994, pop punk was quickly growing in mainstream popularity. The late 1990s, exemplified by the 1999 release of Blink-182
Blink-182
's _ Enema of the State _, represented the genre's mainstream peak, although some pop punk bands scored successful album chartings in the 2000s. In the mid-2000s, emo pop , a fusion genre combining emo and pop punk, became popular
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Post-hardcore
POST-HARDCORE is a punk rock music genre that maintains the aggression and intensity of hardcore punk but emphasizes a greater degree of creative expression initially inspired by post-punk and noise rock . Like post-punk, the term has been applied to a broad constellation of groups. The genre took shape in the mid to late 1980s with releases by bands from cities that had established hardcore scenes, such as Fugazi
Fugazi
from Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
as well as groups such as Big Black
Big Black
and Jawbox that stuck closer to post-hardcore's noise rock roots. CONTENTS * 1 Characteristics * 2 History * 2.1 Origins * 2.1.1 The Washington D.C. scene * 2.2 Expansion * 2.2.1 The San Diego
San Diego
scene * 2.2.2 Moderate popularity * 2.3 2000s * 2.4 2010s * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 Bibliography CHARACTERISTICS Shellac ( Steve Albini ) in concert. Hardcore punk typically features very fast tempos, loud volume, and heavy bass levels, as well as a "do-it-yourself" ethic
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Punk Rock
PUNK ROCK (or simply "PUNK") is a rock music genre that developed in the early to mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Rooted in 1960s garage rock and other forms of what is now known as "proto-punk " music, punk rock bands rejected perceived excesses of mainstream 1970s rock. Punk
Punk
bands typically produced short or fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk
Punk
embraces a DIY ethic ; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through informal channels. The term "punk" was first used in relation to rock music by some American critics in the early 1970s, to describe garage bands and their devotees. By late 1976, bands such as the New York Dolls , Television , and the Ramones
Ramones
in New York City
New York City
, and the Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols
, the Clash , and the Damned in London
London
were recognized as the vanguard of a new musical movement. The following year saw punk rock spreading around the world, and it became a major cultural phenomenon in the United Kingdom. For the most part, punk took root in local scenes that tended to reject association with the mainstream
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Eyeball Records
EYEBALL RECORDS was an independent record label based in Northern New Jersey , formed in 1995 by Alex Saavedra. It released albums by artists such as Thursday , My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
, and Murder by Death , focusing on indie /alternative rock and punk rock (particularly post-hardcore and pop punk ). It had an imprint label named Astro Magnetics , which was owned by Eyeball manager Marc Debiak, Alex Saavedra and Thursday's Geoff Rickly . Eyeball Records shut down in 2012 On April 17, 2007, the music sharing blog Kinixtion was shut down after being sent a letter by Eyeball Records. The webmaster deleted the blog and sent an apologetic letter to the label. Eyeball Records also sent a letter to many peer labels in an effort to curtail copyright infringement of music. Eyeball Alliance was a team of fans who supported and promoted the label through online marketing. The company closed in 2012
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Reprise Records
REPRISE RECORDS /rəˈpriz/ is an American major record label , founded in 1960 by Frank Sinatra . It was mostly inactive from 1976 to 1987. It is owned by Warner Music Group , and operates through Warner Bros. Records . Artists currently signed to Reprise Records include but are not limited to Enya , Michael Bublé , Eric Clapton , Green Day , Stevie Nicks , Neil Young , Deftones , Mastodon , Josh Groban , Disturbed , Idina Menzel , Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers , Seal , Gerard Way , Dwight Yoakam , and Never Shout Never . CONTENTS* 1 Company history * 1.1 Beginnings * 1.2 Sold to Warner Bros. * 1.3 Dormancy * 1.4 Revival and Reprise today * 2 Reprise Records artists * 3 Labels * 4 Parent Organizations * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links COMPANY HISTORYBEGINNINGS _ "Tricolor" label, used by Reprise until 1968. (Label to the Kinks ' Something Else _.) Reprise Records was formed in 1960 by Frank Sinatra in order to allow more artistic freedom for his own recordings. Hence, he garnered the nickname "The Chairman of the Board"
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Warner Bros. Records
WARNER BROS. RECORDS INC. is an American major record label established in 1958 as the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group (WMG), and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. Warner Bros. Records was established on March 19, 1958, as the recorded-music division of the American film studio Warner Bros. For most of its early existence it was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the music industry to become one of the top recording labels in the world. In 2003, these music assets were divested by their then owner Time Warner and purchased by a private equity group. This independent company traded as the Warner Music Group before being bought by Access Industries in 2011. WMG is the smallest of the three major international music conglomerates and the world's last publicly traded major music company. Cameron Strang serves as CEO of the company
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Leathermouth
LEATHERMOUTH (often typeset as LEATHERMØUTH ) was an American hardcore punk band led by Frank Iero
Frank Iero
. The band formed in 2007, and in January 2009 released their first album XO . CONTENTS * 1 History * 2 Band members * 2.1 Timeline * 3 Discography * 4 References * 5 External links HISTORY Leathermouth
Leathermouth
was formed in 2007 by some friends of My Chemical Romance 's rhythm guitarist Frank Iero
Frank Iero
. Iero had heard a few demo tracks from the band, and wanted to sign the band to his own independent label, Skeleton Crew. It was not until the previous lead singer had failed to write any lyrics that Iero became a member. He uses the band as a way to vent the frustrations he has with the current political and social climate; he has additionally stated that writing the lyrics was a way for him to cope with anxiety and depression he had felt during his life, with some of the songs written before the band had even formed. As a member of Leathermouth, this is the first project where he contributes lyrics and lead vocals since Pencey Prep
Pencey Prep
(who broke up shortly after My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
was formed). Leathermouth
Leathermouth
played their first shows in the summer of 2008 alongside Warship for the Fall 2008 Reggie and the Full Effect "Farewell Tour"
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Reggie And The Full Effect
REGGIE AND THE FULL EFFECT is an American rock band, the solo project of James Dewees , keyboardist for The Get Up Kids . It has released six full-length albums, the latest in 2013, and has toured with various associated acts in their promotion. CONTENTS* 1 History * 1.1 Early years (1998–2004) * 1.2 Songs Not to Get Married To (2005–2006) * 1.3 Last Stop: Crappy Town and farewell tour (2006–2008) * 1.4 Post-"farewell tour" (2008–2013) * 1.5 No Country For Old Musicians (2013–2014) * 1.6 Say Anything/Saves The Day/Reggie and The Full Effect Album Anniversaries Tour (2014) * 2 Format * 3 Band members * 3.1 Timeline * 4 Discography * 5 References * 6 External links HISTORYEARLY YEARS (1998–2004)In the mid-1990s when he was playing with Coalesce , Dewees recorded four songs on a cassette tape as a joke, and would hand them out at concerts. After Matt Pryor received one, he urged Dewees to contact Ed Rose to record the material. With Pryor's help, Dewees recorded and released Reggie and the Full Effect's first album, Greatest Hits 1984–1987 , on