By Radio.com Staff
It’s been three years since My Chemical Romance announced their breakup.
Frontman Gerard Way recently tweeted his acknowledgement of the anniversary. “The last three years definitely feel like ten,” Way said. “In a much better place- happy, productive. Of course I miss everyone. Thanks for the support.”
The tweet has a positive tone, and is likely to stoke the hopes of fans longing for a reunion.
Here’s a look at what each of the four core members of the band have been up to since the split.
Way released the solo album, Hesitant Alien in September of 2014 and toured to support it with a backing band called The Hormones, featuring MCR keyboardist James Dewees.
“I have all these amazing Britpop records, and I have shoegaze records, but I don’t have anything on the radio anymore,” Way told Rolling Stone. “So the main objective was to change the landscape of music a bit. To kind of re-boot Britpop in America, see how that goes.”
Way has also kept busy with several comic series; The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and Umbrella Academy as well as writing for Marvel.
Fans craving his unique voice got a chance to buy two previously unreleased songs on vinyl on Record Store day. The limited edition release contained the songs “Pinkish” and “Don’t Try.” He’s also contributed vocals to a track on Andy Black’s new John Feldman-produced solo album, The Shadow Side, set for release May 6th.
What an incredible day in the studio with @johnfeldy & @gerardway on #AndyBLACK Thank you so much to Gerard for coming in today, it was an absolute pleasure working with you and talking about music, comics and life. An inspiring creative force and a true artist! This record just keeps getting more exciting! I can't wait for you all to hear it!
Toro released new music in 2015, sharing the track “For the Lost and Brave” on the first day of the year. The track was accompanied by a post citing the suicide of seventeen-year-old transgendered Leelah Alcorn as final motivation to share the new music.
“As I’m sure many of you felt after reading the news of young Leelah Alcorn taking her own life, my heart sank. I felt sick,” Toro wrote. “Yet another young life gone because of not being heard, not being understood, and not being unconditionally loved for who they truly were. After hearing her story, and reading her final Tumblr post, I finally felt it was time to share this song.”
Although Toro has discussed a forthcoming solo project, it has yet to see an official release date. “People have a perception of what I’m about, and what I am capable of,’ he told Alt Press in January. “It took a while to find my voice—from my singing to a musical direction I was going for—and I had to grow into it. I think when people hear the record, they’ll hear a different side of me. [The record is] a mish-mash of influences and the things that I’m into and the sounds that I’m liking right now.”
Iero released the album, Stomachaches, in August of 2015 which featured darkly lit punk-inspired rock songs with big multi-layered, anthemic choruses and raw ballads. The tracks had the same sensibilities as My Chem, but with an extra helping of garage punk. Iero spoke to Radio.com about the decision to title the project FrnkIero And The Cellabration.
“I wanted to signify that at least this project wasn’t just me and an acoustic guitar. I’ve done some projects where it was just me and small instrumentation and I just had my name on that. But for this one I wanted to let the listener know that there was more to it than that and I drew inspiration from some of my favorites; Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Prince and the Revolution. When I was deciding what to name the accompanying musicians, I was like ‘What should it be?’ So I decided, well, I’m not the quintessential frontman so I need something self-fulfilling. I want people to maybe not realize that I’m not the most outgoing person so if I name the band something like the Celebration, maybe it’ll detract from me just kinda not being the best showman out there.”
Gerard’s brother Mikey Way teamed with Sleep Station’s David Debiak to form Electric Century. The duo released their first song in February 2014, titled “I Lied.” The band would go on to release a self-titled EP and in February of 2016 Way and Debiak put out their first full-length album, For the Night to Control. In a bold move, the physical CD would be only be available to Kerrang! readers. Like his older brother, Mikey will also be featured on Andy Black’s forthcoming solo album.