A classic album review is an idea I've been toying with for a while. It's a rinse and repeat pattern too. I'll think of an album, I'll think, "Hey, this would be great for a classic review." then I either get too busy or just don't think it'll get a lot of reads. But with my review calendar clear for a while and some free time until then, I figured it was now or never.
When it comes to 2000s power-pop and pop-punk music, I don't think there is a single band more powerful than the mighty My Chemical Romance. The band's formation is an interesting story with lead singer Gerard Way getting inspiration from tragedy. He was compelled to form a band after the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and nearly The White House. A week later, guitarist Ray Toro and original drummer Matt Pellisier joined the band with Way's brother Mikey and second guitarist Frank Iero rounding out the band shortly after. They first set the world on fire in 2004 with the album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, and rightfully so, the album is amazing. Loud chunky guitar riffs are met with Gerard Way's incredible voice and lyrics. The energy on the album is incredible and it's always nice to go back through. It also blows my mind how well the songs have aged. Songs like Give 'Em Hell, Kid, and I'm Not Okay (I Promise) still bang as hard today as they did when they were released, the latter of which is probably my favorite song on the album. (I'M NOT O-F*CKING-KAAAAAAY!!)
|The band pictured in a promotional image for The Black Parade. (From L to R: Bob Bryar, Mikey Way, Gerard Way, Frank Iero, Ray Toro)
|The band in the studio recording the next album, Danger Days.
|Mikey and Gerard Way performing at MCR's "Return" reunion show. The band was set to embark on a world tour this year but it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo Courtesy of Billboard)