'Revenge' of the nerd
Everyone has one in his family: the ghostly man-child who lives in his parents' basement and lives off a daily regimen of on-line gaming, Dungeons & Dragons, and, of course, comic books. Usually, you pity him and, when he's not around, call him a loser. In Gerard Way's case, we call him a rock star. In the case of his band, My Chemical Romance, we call them ... well, the plural of rock star.
MCR's myth has been built up on the tour circuit, where they sell tickets in numbers Good Charlotte could only hope to unload. For the next few months, they're touring the country with Alkaline Trio and Reggie and the Full Effect, over the summer they were the heroes of the Warped Tour's main stage, and last year, with the release of their second album Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge, they fully realized Way's even more super-heroic transformation from basement dweller into a full-blown rock monster in the theatrical vein of Ziggy Stardust.
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Reggie and the Full Effect
Sat, Sep 24
1174 E. Commerce
Three Cheers itself is the bastard child of what started out as a comic-inspired concept album about a vengeful lover on a quest for 1,000 innocent souls, but was quickly polluted by songs that echoed the band's recent excesses, near-demise, and - just like comics, again - resurrection as a stronger, more powerful MCR. A ballsy mix of metal, screamo, pop-punk, and even New Wave with film-noir atmosphere and a storyline that'd seem right at home in DC Comic's Vertigo series, the sound they're now hawking to America's youth is anything but run-of-the-mill Warped Tour fodder. Overwrought, maybe, but that's the point. It's a John Woo film performed with twin guitars instead of twin pistols. •