Today My Chemical Romance have announced their dissolution, leaving a mass of confused, long-serving fans in a state of shock. Many had been anticipating the prospect of a new album, alluded to via the change in design on the band’s official website and community rumours. Today a statement from the band was posted on their website:
“Being in this band for the past 12 years had been a true blessing. We’ve gotten to go places we never knew we would. We’ve been able to see and experience things we never imagined possible. 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 your support, and for being part of the adventure.
My Chemical Romance”
The band were well known amongst teenagers and their parents alike, the former being for hits such as ‘The Black Parade’ and ‘Teenagers’, the latter often for the infamous suicide of Hannah Bond and subsequent cult branding of MCR fans. No reason has been given for the band’s split, but a short pondering comes up with a few too many reasons as to why the end is today.
Their most acclaimed album, ‘The Black Parade’ was a bitter sweet victory for My Chemical Romance. It saw them become massively popular with an army of dedicated and passionate fans, and embark on a world tour for the occasion, but it also took its toll on the band and each individual member. They had spoiled themselves on the perks of fame, falling into drug and alcohol problems, as well as having to deal with a number of illnesses within the band and their friends and family.
The World Tour exhausted My Chemical Romance, after which they announced the need for a long break from the MCR whirlwind. After this intermission the band only released one album and a set of singles before today’s announcement of a final break-up. You would be naive to think that being as famous as MCR became that all they did was sit around and be adored and watch the dollar bills roll in, in fact their ordeal is a possible reason for the split.
It could be argued that their last album ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ was final try to make an album and easily deal with the ensuing hysteria, and anyone would forgive them for not being able to. In the previous hiatus the band members had built stable lives for themselves, Gerard Way married Lyn-Z, bassist of Mindless Self Indulgence and had a daughter, while Bassist and brother Mike Way spent time with his wife. I doubt that is something they would want to give up, so it became, in the simplest term, ‘ho’s before bro’s’ and the band are happier that way.
The shocking events and My Chemical Romance’s involvement in the suicide of MCR fan Hannah Bond have damaged their name and branded them in a dark and sinister way as purveyors of depressing and emotionally triggering songs. ‘Danger Days’ made an attempt to escape from that stigma, but burying the link was like trying to bury an elephant with a bucket of sand. To be accused of making someone feel suicidal thoughts, and then to be blamed for the person actually carrying out the terrible act, must have been a crushing experience for My Chemical Romance. To emerge from that battle in such harsh light seems a futile endeavour, and yet another reason for the band to quit.
Whatever the reason, fans of MCR were and are passionate about music, and the loss comes as a disappointment for the many people who were hoping for a new album, and had already endured the sadness of one long hiatus. However as fans we cant criticise bands for wanting to stop, they have a right to a normal life just as we do. Perhaps the most comforting thing is that My Chemical Romance seem to be content and happy to look back over the time together with gratitude, something that many fans can reciprocate, and a time that many people won’t want to forget.