Aug. 28, 2003

My Chemical Romance Bites the ‘Bullet’

By Randy J. Klodz

When said together, the words My Chemical Romance, may sound like some sort of admission to drug dependency, but they embody the moniker for an emerging punk/emotional rock-driven band, that will be stopping in Chicago to play as support for Reggie & The Full Effect for an Aug. 30 show at the House of Blues.

Hailing from New Jersey, the quintet—Gerard Way on vocals, Ray Toro and Frank Iero on guitars, Mikey Way on bass and Matt Pelissier on drums—has earned its stripes touring with similar bands such as The Used and Finch.

Released in July, “I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love,” the bands debut album displays the band’s ability to converge elements of punk and rock with the best of bands.

The album’s second track “Honey, This Mirror Isn’t Big Enough for The Both of Us,” starts with crossfire guitars and Way’s quick-lipped lyrics that slow to sing the line: “And you can cry all you want to / I don't care how much / You'll invest yourself in me / We're not working out.” Other outstanding tracks include “Headfirst for Halos” and the somber, yet biting “Early Sunsets Over Monroeville.”

The House of Blues is at 329 N. Dearborn St. Tickets for this all-ages show are listed for $12.50 each, with show start time listed for 6:30 p.m. Midtown is also scheduled to perform. For more information on My Chemical Romance visit www.mychemicalromance.com.

My Chemical Romance Photo: Justin Borucki