Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance said he believes rock music is finally making a resurgence in popular music, saying people have been “missing the guitar sound” for a long time now. Way made the comment in a long interview in which he talked about his career with the famous emo band MCR, his hatred of labels and the return of rock.
Describing his hatred of labels, Way referenced Nirvana, saying that while the band “had the grunge label and [MCR] got the emo tag,” both bands felt categorized by their assigned genres: “I don’t think any of our bands ever felt comfortable with those tags,” he said. -he declares. “I never really liked [other] grungy; it was Nirvana for me.
In Way’s eyes, the luster of Nirvana was that they existed beyond firm categories. “I didn’t necessarily consider them grunge,” he began. “I guess they embodied it, but at the same time nobody else who was a grunge band was really like them, you know? I also felt that about My Chemical Romance. We had emerged in this second wave emo scene, and it never really went down well.
Way also took a look at his own career to shed some light on what the future of music might hold. Opening up to the emo and pop-punk explosion of the 2000s, Way gave some insight into why guitar music faded away afterwards. “In the 2000s, when we emerged, you saw other bands like Green Day having almost a whole revitalization: that was the era of rock and roll. Rock and roll was a really mainstream thing.
As he explains, rock music then seeped into the pop charts before peaking and disappearing: “And then pop starts taking a lot of risks, then all of a sudden you see people trying to get bands to use the guitar less. You keep hearing “rock is dead”. If someone gave me a free guitar every time someone said “rock is dead”, I would have a lot of guitars.
Way thinks rock music is bound to return, arguing that music fans needed to hear something new but developed a nostalgia for the simplicity of the rock band’s setup: “I think people have really missed what you can get out of a rock band. and you can’t go anywhere else,” he said. “They just missed the guitar sound. I think that’s why we’re starting to hear them in pop. I think as this cycle continues the sounds are going to get heavier and more visceral because I think people just need that. I think people just need it.
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