My Chemical Romance: Where Are They Now?

I don’t really do posts like this but I thought I would try it out. So enjoy.

It’s been over a year since My Chemical Romance have broken up. No one exactly knows why but from the fans have been told is that it’s because in the band they didn’t feel that spark anymore. From what I recall in Gerard Way’s TwitLonger was that when they started the band, they did it for their love of music but toward the end of MCR it became a chore, an obligation to the fans. So where MCR had began as spectacular now they were simply good as he put it. I respect his opinion. If he’s not happy putting out content then he shouldn’t just to please people. Even though I miss MCR and sad they are not a band, personally I am fine with the fact that the band ended before they got really bad. Even worse than Danger Days. They may have become the new Metallica (started off amazing and gradually deteriorated).

So where are the New Jersey Boys now?

Gerard Way

The front man of MCR, released a six issue comic called Killjoys as a continuation of their fourth album, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys. I would definitely recommend these comics because even though I really did not like the album I did like the two songs, Na Na Na and Sing that contributed to the making of this comic. The comic was quite good and a good way to see how this story ends.

Also, for those who miss the music content from Gerard, he has just released a solo song called ‘Action Cat’. The thoughts on this are very mixed. In my opinion I thought it was a disappointment to his previous works as it sounds like something that would be on the Danger Days album (which was my least favourite). You can tell it’s his voice but the song seems, well, busy. I’ve had a crush on Gerard because of his voice (like how I am in love with Dave Grohl’s voice) but this song doesn’t reflect it, not like his voice in Cancer which was very raw and beautiful.
However, there are still many fans who do like it. It’s not my cup of tea, but I’m still glad that he’s making music and that’s what makes him happy. I will be keeping an eye out for more songs that he is making.

There is also a song called ‘Millions‘ that he performed live in October 2013. A fan recorded it and posted it online. This is a song that I was pleasantly surprised by. If I heard it walking down the street I would love it and I don’t think you can compare his work now to the band.

From Wikipedia it also says that he was an executive producer for the band, LostAlone, second album.

Frank Iero

Frank played rhythm guitar and provided backing vocals in the band. He was also the first fan of MCR before he joined the band.
Now, he is two bands; LeatherMouth and Death Spells.

Frank wanted to sign Leathermouth to his own label and joined when the previous lead singer did not write any lyrics. They had broken up in 2010 but began to perform again in 2013.
Frank had said that MCR fans would be disappointed with Leathermouth and some are. However there are still a large number of people who like Leathermouth. As a band I like Leathermouth, they are very different to MCR but the content is good. I would recommend listening to ‘Murder Was The Case They Gave Me‘. Frank was born into the punk scene and Leathermouth is very punk-ish, which is very enjoyable to listen to.

Death Spells is a band with James Dewees. It is more electronic rock so of you’re into that then you will like it. If you are like me and don’t like electronic rock then you will not like it, it’s really as simple as that.

Frank has also done some solo content, he created a song entitled, “This Song Is A Curse”, which was used in the movie Frankenweenie.
In December 2013, he released “For Jamia” (his wife), it consisted of two tracks.
He has another solo album, which is being released in fall 2014. He posted one song called “Joyriding” to his SoundCloud. Again, it is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.

Mikey Way

The brother of Gerard way and played bass guitar in MCR, as well as giving the band a name.
He is currently in a band called Electric Century. A song called “I Lied” has been uploaded on the bands youtube channel. This is really a song which cannot be compared to MCR and as the songs go, it’s nice. It’s not edgy, but it’s still a good song. It’s more relaxing and makes me want to here more of their content.

Lately, many of the fans have been commenting on Mikey’s personal life. I don’t really have an opinion, but for those who want to know I will quickly summarise it.
Mikey was married to Alicia Way and then suddenly started dating a 19 year old fan called Sarah. Many fans thought he was cheating but claims him and Alicia had ended beforehand. There was a shitstorm on twitter. Mikey and Sarah got engaged but now have apparently broken up because she put on her twitter: “when a ‘man’ ditches you and your son to go and do drug. #laughable”.
I got this information from various sources so I don’t know how reliable it is. The one thing I don’t get is why fans made such a big deal about it, like no one except those involved really knows what happens and why so I don’t think we can really judge anyone from this.

I’m just glad the Mikey’s new project isn’t a flop.

Ray Toro

Definitely the dark horse of the band who played lead guitar and backup vocals.
In the band, I’ve always liked Ray, I felt he was kind of the background but when he did speak he seemed like a genuine guy and his love for music is very obvious.

Honestly, when I first heard that Ray would be going solo it was like a “gosh, really so many artists do this and they clearly need to be in a band”. My goodness, was I proved wrong, I seriously underestimated Ray. He is so unbelievably underrated and am actually happy he’s going solo because people wouldn’t see what he’s capable of. This is reflected in the song “Isn’t That Something“, which he uploaded in May 2013.

His new solo album entitled “Minimization Procedure”, should be released soon and I’m looking forward to it.

Bob Bryar

Bob was in the two best eras on MCR, he became their drummer during ‘Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge’ and was involved in ‘the black parade’ but left before Danger Days. It would be a sin not to mention him.
Honestly, I don’t really know what he is doing. He used to be the Sound guy for MCR before joining the band and apparently is still doing sound check for bands.
I heard somewhere he didn’t like fame but again I’m not sure how reliable this is.

Thanks for reading.