My Chemical Romance may be no more, but that doesn’t mean fans can’t relive the glory days. Footage of the band recording their 2002 debut, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, has made its way online thanks to the folks at Nada Recording, the New York studio where MCR cut the album.
As Fuse points out, the 20-minute clip includes plenty of behind-the-scenes footage of Gerard and Mikey Way, Ray Toro and original drummer Matt Pelissier goofing off in and out of the studio. The footage was filmed by Alex Saavedra, founder of the seminal New Jersey indie label, Eyeball Records, which released I Brought You My Bullets.
Amidst the intimate shots of the band driving around aimlessly, someone failing to open a beer bottle and Toro’s pit stains — ahh, youth — the clip features fantastic shots of the actual recording sessions, including Gerard Way laying down vocals for “Demolition Lovers” and “Drowning.” Producer and Thursday frontman Geoff Rickly also makes a cameo, at one point adding harmonies to “This Is the Best Day Ever.”
My Chemical Romance released three more studio albums after I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love, eventually splitting up in 2013, three years after the release of their final LP, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys.
Now, one year later, Way is gearing up for his solo debut, Hesitant Alien, which sees release on September 30th via Warner Bros. The musician debuted a number of tracks back in August at the Reading and Leeds Festivals in the U.K., a fitting location considering Way had teased the album’s heavily British sound.
“When I was in art school, I worshipped Britpop,” Way recently told Rolling Stone. “And when I got out, I found myself very depressed and struggling. I desired this new sound, and it was the sound I made with my friends in My Chemical Romance. So it’s almost like this solo record is a re-education of what I was into before My Chem.”