At a recent Comic-Con event in LA, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way opened up about what drove him to start the band and the influences which got him there. Way revealed that the band formed following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
The singer spoke at length about how the band became “therapy” for him following the terrorist attacks. He also offered some ideas on the band’s early influences. “So 9/11 happens, and I pick up the guitar again and I write ‘Skylines And Turnstiles’, and then I called Otter [Matt Pellissier, MCR drummer] and then I called Ray [Toro, guitarist], and we got Mikey [Way, MCR bassist] in – and we just started building this momentum,” Way commented.
“It became my therapy from the PTSD that everyone had experienced from 9/11, and processing that.”
Way also shared his love for Australian rocker Nick Cave, “We were trying to take bits of everything we loved, like driving and fast punk, but then it’ll have metal, and the lyrics will be like storyteller lyrics,” Way suggested.
“I really liked Nick Cave and he was a storyteller, and there wasn’t a lot of storytelling happening in rock music at the time, it was very much about relationships and boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. It was about relationships, but no one was really doing this conceptual stuff, or telling stories… Pop-punk was about the high school experience, boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. I wanted to build worlds with music, and that’s what we started to do together in bringing in gothic elements, or bringing in vampires, and building this thing.”