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My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way: How We Wrote Skylines And Turnstiles

Gerard Way discusses My Chemical Romance’s early creative process

Gerard Way has discussed My Chemical Romances songwriting process in the band’s early days, and how their first songs took shape. Speaking to Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins on the latter’s Pass Through Frequencies podcast, he lifted the lid on Skylines And Turnstiles, and how it came into being.

The very first My Chem song, Skylines And Turnstiles, I [wrote] on guitar,” he explained. So it was a tool I used sometimes. I wrote a good deal of [debut album] Vampires Will Never Hurt You on the guitar. Frank [Iero] and Ray [Toro] had a way of making the chords I was singing the most interesting they could be. It would be like an improved version of what I was singing. It would feel very My Chem.”

This, according to Gerard, is something that sometimes echoes in the band members’ songwriting even today.

[Ray] was writing a song with his son,” explained Gerard. He said it reminded him of the early days of working with me because he said his son was basically walking around pacing singing melodies. Ray had a guitar and was kind of translating it and that’s how it was in the beginning. I would just kind of pace around smoking a cigarette and then I’d be like, No, then it goes here!’ And I’d sing the melody and Ray would go, Okay it goes there.’” 

You can check out the full podcast – in which Gerard also talks about The Umbrella Academy and My Chem’s rescheduled reunion tour dates for 2021 – below.

My Chemical Romance were due to return to Europe this summer for a massive reunion tour. This has now been rescheduled to the following 2021 dates:

My Chemical Romance UK/Europe tour 2021


15 St. Austell Eden Project
17 Milton Keynes Stadium MK
19 Milton Keynes Stadium MK
20 Milton Keynes Stadium MK
22 Dublin Royal Hospital Kilmainham 


02 Prague Rocks
04 Bologna Sonic Park Festival
06 Bonn Kunst!rasen
07 Bonn Kunst!rasen
09 Kiev U Park Live
11 Moscow Park Live Festival
12 St Petersburg Ice Palace 

Posted on September 28th 2020, 3:54p.m.
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